Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)
To be eligible for the BSN to DNP option of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, an applicant must have a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited school of nursing. Students in the BSN to DNP option will proceed directly from the BSN degree to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree without being awarded an MSN degree.
Students with a master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program who wish to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree can pursue one of two Post MSN options of the DNP program: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Advanced Nursing Practice (DNP) or Doctor of Nursing Practice, Organizational and Systems Leadership (DNP) .
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepares experts in advanced nursing with emphasis placed on innovative, evidence-based practice that reflects the application of credible research findings. The expanded knowledge base in nursing will broaden the DNP graduate's ability to translate that knowledge quickly and effectively to benefit patients, to improve outcomes, and to contribute to the profession.
Admission requirements for the BSN to DNP option of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program are as follows:
- A baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited school earned prior to applying to the BSN to DNP program.
- ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE a minimum cumulative baccalaureate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. GPAs are reviewed based upon the total BSN GPA. This includes transfer courses in RN Completion programs.
- Satisfactory completion of a course in undergraduate statistics (grade C or better) at the time of application.
- An unencumbered U.S. RN license in all states of practice.
- Recommended but not required: one year full-time or two thousand hours of clinical practice as an RN within the last five years.