Biostatistics course in postmaster doctor of nursing practice programs

Aliya Kuerban


Background: The number of doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs in the United States has increased dramatically in the past few years. However, few studies have been done to provide a comprehensive view of program structures and curricula offered.

Methods: This study explored differences in entry pathway, admission statistics skills requirement, and whether a program offered a Biostatistics course in its curriculum by investigating the websites of DNP programs listed on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) DNP directory.

Results and conclusions: This study found no regional differences in these three areas: type of program offered, statistics course as a prerequisite, and whether Biostatistics is offered. Overall, more schools have started to require a graduate level statistic course in their admission requirement and more schools offered a Biostatistics course in their DNP curriculum. However, 25% of schools did not request for specific statistics skills prior to admission, nor did they incorporate a Biostatistics course in the program.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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