Doctor of Nursing Practice, D.N.P. (Online Only)


The online D.N.P. will prepare graduates to provide the most advanced level of nursing care for individuals and communities. You can be trained in the following areas:

• Direct care of individual patients
• Management of care for individuals and populations
• Administration of nursing systems
• Development and implementation of health policy

The eight-semester D.N.P. program is designed to fit the busy schedules of full-time nurses, building on Georgia Southern’s outstanding record in graduate nursing education. Through the D.N.P., you can also be prepared for a career as a nurse educator. The D.N.P. program is fully online with the exception of a required week-long on campus graduate intensive that occurs annually each summer.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Ursula A. Pritham
Graduate Program Director
Email: upritham@georgiasouthern.edu
Phone: (912) 478-0017

Admission Requirements

Regular Option

  1. Post-MSN Master’s degree in the proposed field of study (MSN) or its equivalent from a college accredited by the appropriate accrediting association.
  2. Minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  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. Post-MSN: Master’s degree in the proposed field of study (MSN) or its equivalent from a college accredited by the appropriate accrediting association.
  2. Minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.3 (on 4.0 scale)
  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.
  4. DNP portfolio to include evidence of:
    1. Vitae to include
      • Personal rationale for seeking DNP
      • Future goals
      • Education
      • Research experience
      • Publications (identify refereed)
      • Professional presentations (identify refereed)
      • Community service projects
    2. Certification in a specialty area for all NPs. For all others, appropriate certification in specialty area, if available.
    3. A minimum of 500 documented academic clinical hours in MSN APN preparation. Evidence of post-graduation clinical experience in the advanced practice role unless continuing immediately into DNP course work as post-MSN DNP student.
    4. Current RN licensure in state of residence where clinical hours will be completed. Must also have a current RN license in Georgia as required by the Georgia Board of Nursing for all graduate nursing students.
      • For Post-MSN DNP, licensure in state of residence where clinical hours will be completed
    5. Current malpractice liability insurance
    6. American Heart Association Level C (2 person-BLS) CPR certification
    7. Three letters of recommendation from professional colleagues who can attest to academic and clinical acumen
    8. Listing of current technological support for Internet-based courses with summary of experience with online courses.
  5. Complete submission of documentation: College of Graduate Studies application fee and Graduate Nursing Program DNP application materials.
 *International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service (www.naces.org)

Grades

Students in DNP coursework must maintain a 3.0 average (“B” or better) in coursework to proceed in the doctoral program and to be eligible to graduate. Students may carry a “C” in one course, but they must repeat the course with a grade of “B” or higher. Grades in all courses applied toward the doctorate must be “B” or better. Students will become academically ineligible when any of the following occur in course work of an approved program of study:

  1. a grade of “D”, “F”, or “WF” in any course;
  2. a grade of “C” in any two courses; or
  3. the minimum 3.0 average is not achieved within the minimum number of credit hours required for the degree.

Upon Acceptance into the Program

All students admitted to, enroll in, the DNP program are required to attend a MANDATORY on campus annual Graduate Intensive PRIOR to each fall cycle of course work. The dates of this Graduate Intensive are scheduled by the School of Nursing. Students assume responsibility for all scheduling and costs in order to attend this Graduate Intensive time period. Students must also obtain a RN license in Georgia.

Some classes in the 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.

Doctor of Nursing, D.N.P. Admissions Deadlines
Fall Spring Summer
Final Deadline March 1
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Last updated: 6/22/2017

Office of Graduate Admissions • PO Box 8113 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5384 • gradadmissions@georgiasouthern.edu