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Doctor of Nursing Practice Advising

Current DNP Student Advising Resources

All DNP students are initially assigned a faculty member as an academic advisor. The advisor is a resource for program information and advice. Students should meet with their advisor at least once a quarter. 

DNP Course Information

The most current course information can be found in Seattle University's Graduate Catalog

Post-Master's Health Systems Leader DNP - Program of Study*

First Year

Fall QuarterWinter QuarterSpring Quarter
NURS 6017- Health Care Economics and Finance (3)
NURS 6130 - Philosophy of Nursing (3)
NURS 6160- Leadership in Health Care Systems (3)
NURS 6014 - Critical Inquiry I (3)
NURS 6018- Health Program Planning and Development (3)
NURS 6120 - Population Based Health Care (4)
NURS 6015- Critical Inquiry II (4)
NURS 6011 - Nursing Infomatics (3)
NURS 6190 - Quality Improvement Processes and Methodologies (3)
Total Credits: 9 Total Credits: 10 Total Credits: 10

Second Year

Fall QuarterWinter QuarterSpring Quarter
NURS 6002 - Vulnerability, Culture and Nursing (2)
NURS 6010- Ethics and Health Care Policy (4)
NURS 6701- DNP Capstone Seminar and Internship I (3)
5000-6000 Level - Elective (3)
NURS 6702- DNP Capstone Seminar and Internship II (2-4)
NURS 6703- DNP Capstone Seminar
and Internship III (2-4)
DNP Capstone Presentation
Total Credits: 9 Total Credits: 5-7 Total Credits: 2-4

*Program of study is subject to change based on faculty and other resource availability.

Selection of a Capstone Chair

Committee Chair’s Role

In addition to the responsibilities listed below, the Capstone Chair will step in to fill the advisor role for the remainder of the student’s program.

  • Guides process, works closely with student to establish timeline, assists student to access needed resources
  • Acts as liaison between student, the agency where the capstone project is implemented, and the CON, seeking both formal and informal feedback on the student’s performance and progress; making at least one site visit (preferably during the first quarter) and one phone/skype contact each of the other 3 quarters. (site visits with out of the region agencies may take place via Skype or phone)
  • Reviews and comments on drafts of written material
  • Reviews and comments on the DNP Portfolio submissions
  • Works with DNP Internship Coordinator to ensure student has and follows plan to complete required number of clinical experience hours
  • Ensures project quality sufficient to meet CON and University standards
  • Decides when material should be submitted to other committee members
  • Approve, with committee, the proposal and the final product
  • Writes letter of commendation for the student file when the project is rated as “outstanding”

Students will identify a Capstone Committee Chair no later than the end of NURS 6015, Critical Inquiry II. Once students have identified a capstone project chair, who may or may not be the originally assigned advisor, that faculty person will take over the role of academic advising for the student and guide the student through the capstone project development.

Students should complete FORM C – the DNP Capstone Committee Declaration Form found in the DNP Student Handbook (Appendix H) no later than the end of NURS 6015 and submit it to the Graduate Program Coordinator. Please review Appendix D of the DNP Student Handbook on the Capstone Project Guidelines for information about choosing a supervisory committee for your capstone experience.

To learn about faculty areas of interest, see the faculty biosketches in Appendix A of the DNP Student Handbook or the CON website. Consult with your academic advisor, faculty for NURS 6015 and/or the DNP Internship Coordinator for assistance in identifying faculty whose scholarly interests are similar to yours.