The School of Nursing now offers a Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP) program with an MSN exit option.  Students in this program may exit with an MSN degree after the completion of Primary Care courses, providing national certification exam eligibility.

The program offers two concentrations:

  • Concentration: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) – 46 Hours
  • Concentration: Psychiatric/Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) – 46 Hours
Program Contact Information:

Dr. Sharon Radzyminski
Interim Graduate Program Director
Phone: (912) 478-5455


 Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in the proposed field of study (BSN) or its equivalent from a college accredited by the appropriate accrediting association.
  • Current Georgia RN license. Out-of-state students must apply for Georgia RN license.
  • One year of full-time clinical nursing experience prior to entering the NP Clinical Specialty Core. [RN experience can be obtained while completing Graduate Core and APN Core courses].
  • Prerequisite undergraduate statistics course or a statistically oriented methodology course.
  • Submission/completion of all of the following materials:
    • Complete College of Graduate Studies online application with payment of required fee.
    • GS Health Services Form (must be completed prior to first semester entry and completed each semester afterward)
      •  All materials are to be submitted online through the College of Graduate Studies Admission’s office with the application.
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Proof of current malpractice liability insurance.
    • Nursing Student Health Appraisal forms (required before the first day of the first semester)
    • Proof of American Heart Association Level C (2 person-BLS) CPR certification.

Specific Admission Policies

Must gain Regular Degree-Seeking Status admission to the BSN to DNP program to be eligible to enroll in graduate nursing courses. Non-degree students are not permitted to enroll in graduate nursing courses with the exception of students formally admitted to the Post-MSN Certificate option or with prior approval from the Graduate Program Director. The Graduate Program Director will make an admission decision recommendation following a review of the applicant’s credentials. Admission decisions are made on a case by case basis.

Regular Option:

  1. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) plus one option below:
  2. Students must have 2 years of Full-time employment as a Registered Nurse PRIOR to beginning their Specialty course work.
  3. All international applicants, including resident and non-resident aliens, whose native language is not English and who do not have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, are required to submit official TOEFL scores taken within the year immediately preceding the requested semester of admission. A minimum total score of 83, and minimum scores of 20 for each of the skills evaluated by the TOEFL: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing) An original copy of the test score, sent by the testing agency to the Office of Graduate Admissions is required before any action is taken on an application. The copy of the score provided to the student and subsequently forwarded is not acceptable.

Accelerated Option:

  1. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3 (on 4.0 scale) plus one option below:.
  2. Students must have 2 years of Full-time employment as a Registered Nurse PRIOR to admission into the program.

Progression Requirements:

  1. Clinical Course Progression: If a student earns a grade of “C” in any MSN Clinical course dyad with didactic and clinical hours as concurrent components (Health Assessment, PC1, PC2, PC3, or similar dyad), the student will be required to repeat both components of the course dyad to progress in the program.
  2. Once students begin the Family Practice Core which includes Primary Care I, Primary Care 2, and Primary Care 3, all clinicals must be completed in the state of Georgia or within a 250 miles radius of the Georgia Southern University main campus.
  3. Readmission into the BSN to DNP Program: Any student desiring reinstatement, after withdrawal from the BSN to DNP program, who has successfully completed any of the FNP specialty core courses (Health Assessment, PC1, PC2, PC3 or similar dyad) will be required to complete a 1 credit hour Independent Study with 90 clinical hours (ch) in a clinical focus, determined by the Graduate Program Director, that has been successfully completed before being allowed to return to the next clinical dyad course in the curriculum sequence.
  4. All students admitted to, or enrolled in, the BSN to DNP program are required to attend a MANDATORY on-campus annual Intensive PRIOR to each Fall cycle of course work. The dates of this Intensive are scheduled by the School of Nursing. Students assume responsibility for all scheduling and costs in order to attend this Intensive time period.
  5. Some classes in the BSN-DNP program are asynchronous and those that are not, meet on-line via Adobe Connect on Tuesdays. Once the clinical courses begin, students are required to come to campus on specific Tuesdays, up to three times per semester, and attend Adobe Connect classes the other Tuesdays as outlined in each clinical course schedule.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service (

BSN-DNP Deadlines
Fall Spring Summer
Final Deadline  March 1* Does not admit Does not admit

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Last updated: 10/12/2017

Office of Graduate Admissions • PO Box 8113 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5384 •