University of South Alabama College of Nursing    
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)    

Health Sciences Building

DNP Admissions Web Page

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a professional degree that prepares graduates to provide the most advanced level of nursing care for individuals and communities. This includes the direct care of individual patients, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of health care and nursing systems, and the development and implementation of health policy. Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, graduates should be able to:    
Requirements for Admission:   
BSN to DNP    
1. Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or a Master of Science Nursing degree that is not in an advanced practice nursing area (e.g. Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing Education, etc.) from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA.
2. Current U.S. registered nurse licensure with no restriction
   
Post Master’s DNP    
1. Hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) with preparation in an area of advanced practice nursing:
A. Nurse Practitioner
B. Executive Nursing Administration
C. Clinical Nurse Specialist
D. Public Health Nursing Administration
2. Current U.S. registered nurse licensure with no restriction
   

Admission to the program is limited and selective. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required forms are received by the deadline.
Only completed applications will be considered for acceptance.

All students who are admitted into the DNP program are admitted pending submission of required health, immunization and health insurance information and the results of a drug screen and background check. Students are responsible for costs related to the required admission background check and drug screen. Admission will be withdrawn for students who do not comply with health and insurance requirements, test positive on the drug screen as per the College of Nursing policy, or a background check that would prevent the student from completing residency requirements.

Additional requirements for admission are located in the University of South Alabama Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin.

Available tracks within the DNP program:   
BSN to DNP (Online Program)   

Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Advanced Emergency Nursing (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Dual Role)

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Adult Health

Executive Nurse Administrator
Family Nurse Practitioner

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Subspecialties
Cardiovascular – students can add these 8 credits to Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP.

Oncology – students can add these 10 credits to Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Advanced Emergency Nursing Dual Role, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health, Family NP, Psychiatric (Family) NP and Women’s Health NP.
Palliative Care – students can add these 9 credits to Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health and Family NP.

Nurse Educator –students can add these 11 credits to any available track.

Post Master’s DNP (Online Program)   
Post Master’s DNP applicants may choose from one of two options:

Option 1:
If you are already an Advanced Practice Nurse as defined above in the “Requirements for Admission” and you wish to retain your current specialization, you are eligible for the “Traditional” Post Master’s DNP Track. You also have the option of adding one of the Subspecialties listed below to your curriculum.

Traditional DNP

Subspecialties
Cardiovascular – students who are already an Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP can add these 8 credits.
Oncology – students who are already an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Advanced Emergency Nursing Dual Role, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health, Family NP, Psychiatric (Family) NP or Women’s Health NP can add these 10 credits.
Palliative Care – students who are already an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health or Family NP can add these 9 credits.

Nurse Educator – any student can add these 11 credits to their curriculum.

Option 2:
If you are already an Advanced Practice Nurse and wish to add a new specialization, you can add one of the following specializations to your DNP curriculum. Your plan of study will consist of the 36 semester hours in the “Traditional” track plus the number of semester hours listed with the new area of specialization. If you haven’t yet taken graduate-level Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan, then you would be required to add those three courses for an additional 9 credits. You also have the option of adding one of the Subspecialties listed below to your curriculum.

Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Advanced Emergency Nursing (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Dual Role)

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Adult Health

Executive Nurse Administrator

Family Nurse Practitioner

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Subspecialties
Cardiovascular – students can add these 8 credits to Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP.
Oncology – students can add these 10 credits to Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Advanced Emergency Nursing Dual Role, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health, Family NP, Psychiatric (Family) NP and Women’s Health NP.
Palliative Care – students can add these 9 credits to Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health and Family NP.

Nurse Educator – students can add these 11 credits to any available track.

Answers to frequently asked questions:

1. The DNP program is an online program. Coursework is completed online and clinical/residency hours can be completed in your region with an approved Preceptor/Mentor.
2. All DNP students are required to attend an Online Orientation which includes 3-4 weeks in an online site prior to a mandatory one-day DNP Orientation Webinar.
3. BSN-DNP and Post Master Certificate DNP students are required to attend a 3-4 days Clinical Orientation the semester they begin clinical courses for their specialty.
4. The DNP Project and requirements for the DNP Residency are discussed in great detail during the DNP Orientation.
5. Specialty tracks require a practice component. Although faculty assists students in locating appropriate practice/clinical sites, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure a site and preceptor if indicated. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements or withdraw from the program. Please review the list of clinical affiliations on our website here. If there is not a clinical site near you or you are interested in a site not listed, negotiations should be initiated as soon as you begin the program through the Track Coordinator for your specialty.
6. The GRE and MAT are not required for admission to the DNP programs.
7. Additional courses such as statistics are not required prior to applying to the DNP program.
8. The current tuition rate per semester hour for all DNP students is $481. Out-of-State tuition is not charged for online programs. This tuition includes the Graduate Web course Tuition along with the College of Nursing Professional Course Fee. Additionally, there is a $10 Biomedical Library Fee per semester, $133 Resource Fee per semester, and $25 Professional Liability Insurance per year ($12/Fall, $12/Spring, $1/Summer). And, of course, the cost of books will vary depending upon your curriculum schedule.
9. Students are responsible for costs related to the required admission background check, drug screen, and medical records manager. Students are responsible for all travel costs for any required on-campus visit and for travel costs to clinical sites.
10. Students are responsible for all costs related to monitoring/proctoring test and identity authentication when required by a course.
11. Financial aid information can be found at USA Office of Financial Aid at http://www.southalabama.edu/finaid/. We do recommend completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to determine student loan eligibility. Please visit the USA Office of Financial Aid for important financial aid deadlines and for supplemental information required by the FAFSA.
12. Scholarships for nursing students are located on our Scholarship Webpage
13. All requirements for the BSN to DNP and the Post Master’s Certificate DNP must be completed within seven calendar years of admission. All requirements for the Traditional DNP degree program must be completed within five calendar years of admission.

For Additional Information    
DNP Essentials   

If you have any further questions about the application process, contact the College of Nursing DNP Office at condnp@southalabama.edu. Email is the preferred method of communication.

USA College of Nursing
DNP Program
5721 USA Drive N. Room 3074
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Email: condnp@southalabama.edu
Phone: (251) 445-9400
Fax: (251) 445-9416

The DNP program at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 887-6791.

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