The Delta State University DNP program prepares NPs to assess published research to inform their practice and improve systems of care to influence patient outcomes. This online program is designed for students who have already achieved an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing and wish to become a family nurse practitioner.
The mission of the Delta State University Robert E. Smith School of Nursing is to transform healthcare in the Mississippi Delta by preparing graduates to be nurse leaders at the doctoral level through excellence in education, evidence-based research, interprofessional practice, and multidimensional partnerships in a diverse society.
Delta State University designed their online DNP program to prepare students to become family nurse practitioners. It encompases nine semesters, 95 credit hours, submission of a research manuscript, and 1,140 precepted clinical hours. The Delta State University faculty are regionally and nationally acclaimed for their research, scholarship, and teaching. They possess diverse experiences in practice, leadership, and patient safety.
The Delta State DNP curriculum consists of 36 courses and 95 credit hours completed over nine semesters. Course topics range from health sciences to information technology to clinical practice. The curriculum prepares nurses to provide primary care to patients across the lifespan while also serving as leaders, policy makers, and advocates. Examples of courses include:
All students are required to complete a DNP project during their time at Delta State. This research study must address a practice issue affecting groups of patients, health care organizations, or health care systems. Successful completion of this project include written manuscript and oral presentation.
Generally, admission into DNP programs is highly competitive. The admission requirements for the Delta State University DNP program include:
Delta State University uses innovative technology to promote distance education. Their online program requires one to three on-campus visits per semester. Delta State offers both full and part-time options with seamless entry to the program.
Dr. Monica Jones
Dr. Monica Jones is a family nurse practitioner and assistant professor of nursing at Delta State University. Her areas of expertise include advanced health assessment, cardiology, and HIV/AIDS. Her scholarly interests encompass chronic disease management, minority health, health disparities, and nursing educations. She earned her DNP from the University of Alabama Birmingham in 2011.
Dr. Shelby Polk
Dr. Shelby Polk is a family nurse practitioner, associate professor of nursing, and the director of nurse practitioner programs at Delta State University. Her areas of expertise include chronic disease management, health promotion, disease prevention, primary care, and rural health. Her scholarly interests encompass national practice guidelines in primary care, value-based healthcare, and building community partnerships to meet nutrition and physical activity needs. In addition to being a family nurse practitioner, she is also a certified diabetes educator and certified patient educator.