Curriculum Models for the Practice Doctorate in Nursing

Lucy N. Marion, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN; Ann L. O'Sullivan, PhD, CRNP, CPNP, FAAN; M. Katherine Crabtree, DNSc, APRN, BC, FAAN; Marva Price, DrPH, RN, FAAN; Susan A. Fontana, PhD, APRN, BC


Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2005;5(1) 

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Beyond the curriculum models, NONPF is focused on identifying the NP competencies at the practice doctorate level. NONPF began this work in 2003 with a review of the literature and an environmental scan. In 2004, NONPF collected additional data through questionnaires and an open discussion forum. A qualitative research task force within NONPF analyzed the data to put ideas into patterns of expected competencies for NP graduates of practice doctorate programs. The NONPF Practice Doctorate NP Competencies Work Group is now using this analysis to identify additional competencies beyond the current domains and core competencies for all NP graduates. NONPF will then use its established process of national consensus and validation to create the doctoral competencies specific to NPs for our nation.

Nursing education continues to meet the complex and continually changing healthcare needs with innovative nursing programs. The practice doctorate is expected to produce valuable resources for the nation as we strive to meet the needs of patients, fully use the clinical expertise of NPs (APRNs), and ensure the relevancy of the profession.


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