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Purpose

The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is to prepare individuals for the highest level of nursing leadership and practice within organizations and systems, with the ultimate goal of improving health care for diverse populations. The DNP program focuses on providing education in key areas such as evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems leadership.

Goal

The goal of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is to prepare graduates for the highest level of nursing leadership and practice within organizations and systems, to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes at all levels and for diverse populations, to serve as faculty in nursing education programs, and to translate research findings for clinical practice.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Develop and evaluate new practice approaches based on theories and empirical evidence from nursing and other disciplines.
  2. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement/patient safety for health care systems and populations.
  3. Design, implement and evaluate processes to improve health practices and outcomes at the institutional, local, state, regional, national, and international health delivery levels.
  4. Demonstrate leadership in the selection, use, evaluation, and design of information systems/technology for improvement and transformation of health care.
  5. Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy and its impact on health outcomes at the institutional, local, state, regional, national, and international health care delivery levels.
  6. Engage in interprofessional collaboration in complex health care delivery systems.
  7. Design, implement, and evaluate care delivery models and strategies to improve population health.
  8. Demonstrate advanced levels of accountability and systems thinking to advance and uphold professional nursing values.
  9. Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating care in complex situations.

DNP Options for Certification

DNP students and graduates are encouraged to complete certification in a relevant content area based on individual career goals and areas of study. DNP graduates who are certified as nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists are strongly encouraged to maintain that certification as evidence of clinical knowledge and skill. There are additional options for certification that relate to those DNP students and graduates who have a nursing leadership/administration/executive focus that includes:

  • Advanced Nurse Executive (NEA-BC)
  • Nurse Executive (NE-BC or CENP)
  • or as a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML).

Admission Requirements

Following receipt of the completed application from NursingCAS and a complete set of transcripts from all educational institutions attended, designated faculty evaluate, interview, and select applicants and recommend them to the professional graduate committee of the College of Nursing for admission. Admission is competitive and capacity is limited. Applicants with strong educational backgrounds are considered first. See the Admission Policies for Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Programs policy (5.3.4) in the Student Policies section for details.

Admission Key Dates

DNP students are admitted once annually.

DNP Program Application Opens Application Due Program Start
MSN to DNP October 1 January 15 May
BSN to DNP October 1 January 15 August

 Note: January 15 is the application deadline, which includes receipt by NursingCAS of all transcripts and letters of reference. In addition, all supplemental materials must be received by the College of Nursing by this date.

Curriculum Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice

The DNP program for the BSN to DNP is a 66-70 credit program based on advanced practice specialization in the DNP program. The DNP program for the MSN to DNP is a 35-credit program. All DNP students complete a DNP project in their program. Elective courses are also possible, based on a student's career goals and consultation with his/her faculty advisor. BSN to DNP students have an integrated plan of study that includes the required DNP courses and additional courses to meet MSN essentials.

Required Courses

All DNP students take the required courses.

BIOS 806BIOSTATISTICS I3
EPI 820EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH3
NRSG 701IMPLEMENTING EVIDENCED-BASED PRACTICE3
NRSG 702METHODS FOR ASSESSING CLINICAL PRACTICE OUTCOMES3
NRSG 703CHANGING COMPLEX SYSTEMS TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY4
NRSG 704CLINICAL INQUIRY10
NRSG 709HEALTH CARE POLICY3
NRSG 731TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP3
NRSG 755HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT3
Total Credit Hours35

BSN to DNP Plans of Study

BSN to DNP programs are offered in 3- and 4-year plans of study. Below are exemplars of the 3-year plans for each of the specialties listed below.

  • Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Leader/Executive
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary & Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP: BSN to DNP Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
NRSG 605 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES I 3
NRSG 609 HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 3
Graduate Statistics 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
NRSG 709 HEALTH CARE POLICY 3
NRSG 606 APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
EPI 820 EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH 3
 Credit Hours9
Second Year
Summer
NRSG 731 TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP 3
NRSG 607 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
 Credit Hours7
Fall
NRSG 701 IMPLEMENTING EVIDENCED-BASED PRACTICE 3
NRSG 702 METHODS FOR ASSESSING CLINICAL PRACTICE OUTCOMES 3
NRSG 616 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT, RISK MANAGEMENT AND HEALTH PROMOTION 1
NRSG 695 ACUTE CARE DIAGNOSTICS AND THERAPEUTICS 1
NRSG 631 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT PRACTICUM 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
 Credit Hours12
Spring
NRSG 703 CHANGING COMPLEX SYSTEMS TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY 4
NRSG 618 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN II: ACUTE AND EPISODIC ADULT HEALTH PROBLEMS 2
NRSG 620 ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) I 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 2
 Credit Hours11
Third Year
Summer
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 4
 Credit Hours4
Fall
NRSG 755 HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 2
NRSG 615 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN III: TRANSITIONAL CARE OF ADULTS WITH CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS 2
NRSG 624 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) II 3
 Credit Hours10
Spring
NRSG 633 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN IV: ADULT-GERIATRIC SYNDROMES 2
NRSG 628 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) III 5
 Credit Hours7
 Total Credit Hours69

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP: BSN to DNP Program

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
NRSG 605 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES I 3
NRSG 609 HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 3
Graduate Statistics 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
NRSG 709 HEALTH CARE POLICY 3
NRSG 606 APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
EPI 820 EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH 3
 Credit Hours9
Second Year
Summer
NRSG 731 TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP 3
NRSG 607 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
 Credit Hours7
Fall
NRSG 701 IMPLEMENTING EVIDENCED-BASED PRACTICE 3
NRSG 702 METHODS FOR ASSESSING CLINICAL PRACTICE OUTCOMES 3
NRSG 616 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT, RISK MANAGEMENT AND HEALTH PROMOTION 1
NRSG 617 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN I: COMMON ADULT HEALTH PROBLEMS 1
NRSG 630 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT PRACTICUM 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
 Credit Hours12
Spring
NRSG 703 CHANGING COMPLEX SYSTEMS TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY 4
NRSG 618 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN II: ACUTE AND EPISODIC ADULT HEALTH PROBLEMS 2
NRSG 619 ADULT GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) I 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 2
 Credit Hours11
Third Year
Summer
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 4
 Credit Hours4
Fall
NRSG 755 HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 2
NRSG 615 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN III: TRANSITIONAL CARE OF ADULTS WITH CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS 2
NRSG 623 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) II 3
 Credit Hours10
Spring
NRSG 633 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN IV: ADULT-GERIATRIC SYNDROMES 2
NRSG 627 ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP) III 5
 Credit Hours7
 Total Credit Hours69

Family NP: BSN to DNP Program

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
Orientation and Immersion to DNP Program  
NRSG 605 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES I 3
NRSG 609 HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 3
Graduate Statistics 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
NRSG 709 HEALTH CARE POLICY 3
NRSG 606 APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
EPI 820 EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH 3
 Credit Hours9
Second Year
Summer
NRSG 731 TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP 3
NRSG 607 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
 Credit Hours7
Fall
NRSG 701 IMPLEMENTING EVIDENCED-BASED PRACTICE 3
NRSG 702 METHODS FOR ASSESSING CLINICAL PRACTICE OUTCOMES 3
NRSG 637 HEALTH PROMOTION IN PRIMARY CARE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES 5
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
 Credit Hours12
Spring
NRSG 703 CHANGING COMPLEX SYSTEMS TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY 4
NRSG 639 PRIMARY HEALTH CARE OF OLDER FAMILIES 3-6
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 2
 Credit Hours9-12
Third Year
Summer
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 4
 Credit Hours4
Fall
NRSG 755 HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 2
NRSG 638 PRIMARY HEALTH CARE OF YOUNG FAMILIES 3-7
 Credit Hours8-12
Spring
NRSG 640 ADVANCED PRIMARY HEALTH CARE OF FAMILIES 6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours64-71

Nurse Leader/Administrator/Executive: BSN to DNP Program

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
Orientation and Immersion to DNP Program  
NRSG 652 ORGANIZATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS 4
NRSG 609 HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 3
Graduate Statistics 3
 Credit Hours10
Spring
EPI 820 EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH 3
NRSG 603 LEADERSHIP IN NURSING 3
NRSG 709 HEALTH CARE POLICY 3
 Credit Hours9
Second Year
Summer
NRSG 731 TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP 3
NRSG 653 ANALYZING ISSUES IN NURSING ADMINISTRATION 2
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
 Credit Hours6
Fall
NRSG 701 IMPLEMENTING EVIDENCED-BASED PRACTICE 3
NRSG 702 METHODS FOR ASSESSING CLINICAL PRACTICE OUTCOMES 3
NRSG 655 HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
 Credit Hours10
Spring
NRSG 703 CHANGING COMPLEX SYSTEMS TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY 4
NRSG 651 HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS AND POLICY 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 2
 Credit Hours9
Third Year
Summer
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 4
 Credit Hours4
Fall
NRSG 656 DEVELOPING SYSTEMS AND INFRASTRUCTURES IN HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS 5
NRSG 755 HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 2
 Credit Hours10
Spring
NRSG 657 PRACTICUM IN MANAGING AND EVALUATING IN HEALTH CARE 5
NRSG 654 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATICS 3
 Credit Hours8
 Total Credit Hours66

Pediatric Primary Care NP: BSN to DNP Program

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
Orientation and Immersion to DNP Program:  
NRSG 605 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES I 3
NRSG 609 HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 3
Graduate Statistics 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
NRSG 709 HEALTH CARE POLICY 3
NRSG 606 APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
EPI 820 EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH 3
 Credit Hours9
Second Year
Summer
NRSG 731 TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP 3
NRSG 607 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
 Credit Hours7
Fall
NRSG 701 IMPLEMENTING EVIDENCED-BASED PRACTICE 3
NRSG 702 METHODS FOR ASSESSING CLINICAL PRACTICE OUTCOMES 3
NRSG 671 PRIMARY CARE AND HEALTH PROMOTION IN CHILDREN'S HEALTH 5
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
 Credit Hours12
Spring
NRSG 703 CHANGING COMPLEX SYSTEMS TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY 4
NRSG 672 PRIMARY CARE OF CHILDREN II: ACUTE HEALTH PROBLEMS 2-5
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 2
 Credit Hours8-11
Third Year
Summer
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 4
 Credit Hours4
Fall
NRSG 755 HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 2
NRSG 673 PRIMARY CARE OF CHILDREN III: CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS 6
 Credit Hours11
Spring
NRSG 684 ADVANCED WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S HEALTH PRACTICUM 6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours66-69

Pediatric Primary and Acute Care NP: BSN to DNP Program

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
Orientation and Immersion to DNP Program:  
NRSG 605 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES I 3
NRSG 609 HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 3
Graduate Statistics 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
NRSG 709 HEALTH CARE POLICY 3
NRSG 606 APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
EPI 820 EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH 3
 Credit Hours9
Summer
NRSG 607 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
NRSG 731 TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP 3
 Credit Hours7
Second Year
Fall
NRSG 701 IMPLEMENTING EVIDENCED-BASED PRACTICE 3
NRSG 702 METHODS FOR ASSESSING CLINICAL PRACTICE OUTCOMES 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
NRSG 671 PRIMARY CARE AND HEALTH PROMOTION IN CHILDREN'S HEALTH 5
 Credit Hours12
Spring
NRSG 703 CHANGING COMPLEX SYSTEMS TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY 4
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 2
NRSG 672 PRIMARY CARE OF CHILDREN II: ACUTE HEALTH PROBLEMS 5
 Credit Hours11
Summer
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 4
 Credit Hours4
Third Year
Fall
NRSG 755 HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 2
NRSG 673 PRIMARY CARE OF CHILDREN III: CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS 6
NRSG 688 SPECIAL TOPICS (CLINICAL) IN ACUTE CARE NURSING 2
UI NURS 6400+ Acute Care Pediatrics I 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
NRSG 684 ADVANCED WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S HEALTH PRACTICUM 1-6
NRSG 688 SPECIAL TOPICS (CLINICAL) IN ACUTE CARE NURSING 2
UI NURS 6401+ Acute Care Pediatrics II 3
 Credit Hours6-11
Summer
NRSG 688 SPECIAL TOPICS (CLINICAL) IN ACUTE CARE NURSING 2
 Credit Hours2
 Total Credit Hours76-81

+ Indicates courses that are part of a consortium between UNMC, UMKC and University of Iowa

Psychiatric Mental Health NP: BSN to DNP Program

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
Orientation and Immersion to DNP Program:  
NRSG 605 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES I 3
NRSG 609 HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 3
Graduate Statistics 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
NRSG 709 HEALTH CARE POLICY 3
NRSG 606 APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
EPI 820 EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH 3
 Credit Hours9
Second Year
Summer
NRSG 731 TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP 3
NRSG 607 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
 Credit Hours7
Fall
NRSG 701 IMPLEMENTING EVIDENCED-BASED PRACTICE 3
NRSG 702 METHODS FOR ASSESSING CLINICAL PRACTICE OUTCOMES 3
NRSG 662 COUNSELING MODELS IN ADVANCED PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING 2-3
NRSG 665 NEUROSCIENCE PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING 2
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
 Credit Hours11-12
Spring
NRSG 703 CHANGING COMPLEX SYSTEMS TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY 4
NRSG 663 ADVANCED PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING WITH ADULTS 2-4
NRSG 668 PRACTICUM IN ADVANCED PSYCHATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING 1 1-8
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
 Credit Hours8-17
Third Year
Summer
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 4
 Credit Hours4
Fall
NRSG 755 HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 2
NRSG 664 ADVANCED PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS 4
NRSG 668 PRACTICUM IN ADVANCED PSYCHATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING 1-8
 Credit Hours10-17
Spring
NRSG 668 PRACTICUM IN ADVANCED PSYCHATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING 2 1-8
 Credit Hours1-8
 Total Credit Hours59-83

Women’s Health NP: BSN to DNP Program

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
Orientation and Immersion to DNP Program:  
NRSG 605 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES I 3
NRSG 609 HEALTH PROMOTION FOR POPULATION 3
Graduate Statistics 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
NRSG 709 HEALTH CARE POLICY 3
NRSG 606 APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
EPI 820 EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH 3
 Credit Hours9
Second Year
Summer
NRSG 731 TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP 3
NRSG 607 ADVANCED ASSESSMENT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
 Credit Hours7
Fall
NRSG 701 IMPLEMENTING EVIDENCED-BASED PRACTICE 3
NRSG 702 METHODS FOR ASSESSING CLINICAL PRACTICE OUTCOMES 3
NRSG 676 PRIMARY CARE AND HEALTH PROMOTION IN WOMEN'S HEALTH 2-4
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 1
 Credit Hours9-11
Spring
NRSG 703 CHANGING COMPLEX SYSTEMS TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY 4
NRSG 677 ACUTE CARE AND HEALTH PROMOTION IN WOMEN 3-6
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 2
 Credit Hours9-12
Third Year
Summer
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 4
 Credit Hours4
Fall
NRSG 755 HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 3
NRSG 704 CLINICAL INQUIRY 2
NRSG 678 CHRONIC CARE AND HEALTH PROMOTION IN WOMEN 2-6
 Credit Hours7-11
Spring
NRSG 684 ADVANCED WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S HEALTH PRACTICUM 1-6
 Credit Hours1-6
 Total Credit Hours55-69