Q. How long is the program?
A. Six semesters as DNP (Master's to DNP) student taking 2 courses a semester and completing in 2 years. You may also elect to take one course per term the first two years and finish the program in 3 years.
Q. What are the course formats?
A. Courses are online with one or more required virtual meetings in the late afternoon or evening. There is a required all-day face-to-face meeting the first summer term for orientation. The project proposal presentation and final project presentation are generally held on campus and in person as well.
Q. Will I get credit for any of my master's clinical hours?
A. Otterbein has adopted the recommendations from the ACCN on clinical hours. Students must complete 1,000 preceptor-supervised clinical hours achieved after attaining the bachelor’s degree in nursing. If the student has completed national board certification, some of these hours may be credited. Other students may be asked to submit a portfolio to help plan an individualized experience that includes the appropriate number of clinical hours.
Q. Can I get transfer credit for any of my other graduate work?
A. Limited transfer credit may be available. Generally, at the graduate level not more than two courses can be transferred.
Q. Are there any courses I need to take prior to the program?
A. Students should have completed a graduate-level research course in their master's program. We also recommend taking a graduate-level statistics course.
Q. Can I hold a RN in license in a state other than Ohio?
A. Yes, you must hold an active unencumbered RN license in the state in which you will conduct your clinical immersion hours and your final scholarly project.
Q. Does my work experience need to have been in a clinical environment in the last 3 years?
A. If pursuing the Advanced Practice Focus, recent clinical experience will be helpful. Thus, we require 1 year of full-time (or part-time equivalent to full-time) direct care experience in the last 3 years for those students.
Q. What if I have been most recently working in administration?
A. We do offer a Nurse Executive Focus. We require 1 year of full-time (or part-time equivalent to full-time) experience in a nursing administration position in the last 3 years.
Q. When is the admission deadline?
A. Applications are due no later than February 15 every year. The programs start Summer Semester.
Q. How should I prepare for the admission interview?
A. The faculty will be interested in your career goals, your planned academic trajectory, your ideas for your final scholarly project, and any concerns you may have. This will help them to aid you in developing an individualized course of study.
Q. How many are admitted to each class?
A. A limited number generally 10-15.
Q. What are some examples of the final project?
A. Samples of our DNP graduate projects are listed on our Digital Commons Website.
Q.How much time does a final project generally require?
A. It is of course dependent on the project selected. It is reasonable to expect the clinical project to be completed within the final year of study.
Q. How many hours should I plan to dedicate to my studies per week?
A. Per Otterbein University’s Statement on Credit Hour Definition & Expectation for Student Work:
For each credit hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction, students are expected to engage in two hours of out-of-class work (e.g., readings, homework, studying, and project preparation). A four-semester credit hour course requires eight hours per week of out-of-class work. Because this is an online course for three semester credit hours, the student is expected to spend three hours per week with the recorded lectures and six hours per week with the readings, quizzes, and written assignments.
Q. What can I expect as an increase in salary with a DNP?
A. Salary is determined by individual employers. Average national salary figures are available at the ACCN Website.
Q. If I need to drop out for any reason, how long do I have to complete the program?
A. Students must complete the program within six years. In the case of an emergency, see the Department of Nursing's Leave of Absence policy.