Doctor of Nursing Practice

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2017 Joint DNP Intensive Information



The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a joint program offered by The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing (UACCN), the University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing (UAHCON), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing (UABSON). Entry into the program is available every fall. The DNP is a practice-focused degree to prepare graduates to function at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care. Graduates of the DNP program focus on providing care with an emphasis on improving quality and access to underserved and diverse populations. Graduates employ abilities and skills in these areas to advocate for reasonable, rational and data-driven health regulations, standards, and practices; sustain collaborative and strategic relationships, promote innovative, effective health care programs; and form partnerships with diverse groups to address health disparities. The post-master’s DNP curriculum is a minimum of 40 credits that includes the development of a practice or leadership focused project. This scholarly project is designed to synthesize scholarship in an advanced practice specialty or an area of health care leadership and serves as a capstone program experience. All courses are offered in a distance accessible format, and students will develop the scholarly project under the direction of a team, including program faculty, the student, the clinical advisor, the faculty advisor and alumni mentors. Note: This program requires a clinical component and it is the student’s responsibility to identify a site with an appropriate clinical advisor. Prior to the clinical component, the student will start the process of obtaining a CCN Letter of Agreement (LOA) or a Clinical Affiliation Contract with the agency. No clinical practice will take place until the student has been notified by CCN of approval. POS

Program of Study:

Sample Full-time Program of Study
Sample Part-time Program of Study

Admission Requirements:

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Applicants for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in the program are encouraged to contact the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison. The following are requirements for admission:

  1. Current unencumbered RN licensure in a state currently approved for admission. Click Here to view the states from which the College of Nursing currently accepts applications for admission.
  2. Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing in an advanced nursing practice area (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist). Students who have a master’s degree in nursing in an area other than advanced practice may request to have their application evaluated to determine if they meet requirements for admission to the DNP program. These students, upon admission, may require additional coursework prior to beginning actual DNP courses.
  3. Advanced practice national certification or eligibility to sit for advanced practice national certification and must pass specific certification exam prior to completing 12 credit hours of DNP coursework. Students who are not yet certified will be considered for conditional admission.
  4. A 3.0 grade point average, based on a 4.0 system in a completed graduate degree.

Application Process

Enrollment into the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is available for fall semester each year.  Your completed application must be received by the April 1st deadline.  

Doctor of Nursing Practice Application Process

  • Begin your graduate application at the Graduate School’s Application Center.
  • Request transcripts following the Graduate School’s transcript instructions.
  • Submit supporting documents.  Within 48 hours of submitting the initial part of your application, you will receive an e-mail with your Campus-Wide Identification (CWID) number.  It is very important that you safeguard this number.  Once you have received this e-mail, you will need to submit the following documents through Manage Supporting Documents:
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or curriculum vitae 
  • Contact information for two references – The references should be professionals who can provide insight regarding your potential for success in the doctoral program.  The Graduate School will contact these references via e-mail.
  • Copy of active RN license from every state in which you are licensed.  Note: Licensure must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Copy of active national advanced practice certification – Your certification must be for nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, or advanced nurse executive.  If you are not certified, you must provide proof from a national certification center that you are eligible.  Note: Certification must be obtained prior to completing 12 credit hours of coursework and must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Verification of Clinical Hours – Send Verification of Post-Baccalaureate Clinical Hours Form to your previous master’s program/s and have them complete and return to you.
  • Writing sample describing a potential scholarly project. See Writing Sample Guideline and Template.

Additionally, we may require the following:

  • Phone interview with a graduate faculty member.
  • English proficiency exam score – Whether an international or a permanent resident, if your first language is not English, you must submit an official score report from one of the following proficiency examinations: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE). Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for further information.

Upon admission, you will receive written notification of admission from the Dean of the Graduate School. You will also receive a letter from the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs at CCN outlining requirements for entry into the MSN program.

Documents Required Prior to Registration

Documents below should be completed and signed where appropriate and sent to Vickie Samuel at or faxed to 205-348-6674. A hold will be placed on your student record until all documents have been received. You are responsible for keeping all documents current throughout enrollment including annual health requirements (see CCN Graduate Student Handbook).

• Current RN license verification
• Current advanced practice national certification
• Current CPR certification for healthcare professionals
• Program of Study
OSHA Training for Infection Control, Bloodborne Pathogens, and Safety
HIPAA Privacy and Security Training
Information Literacy for the 21st Century Training
• Nursing Student Health and Physical Exam Form
• Graduate Student TB Test and Immunization Form
• Substance Abuse Policy and Drug/Alcohol Testing Policy
• Academic Dishonesty Form
• Consent to Release and Disclose Form

Transfer of Graduate Credit

Acceptable graduate credit of up to twelve credit hours, earned in a regionally accredited institution in which the student was enrolled in that institution’s graduate school, may be transferred and applied to the requirements for a doctoral degree if approved by the CCN and Graduate School. Consideration of credit does not guarantee transfer. Evaluation of credit for transfer will not be made until after the student has enrolled in the Graduate School of The University of Alabama. Only post-master’s courses can be considered for transfer into the DNP program. Further information can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Degree Requirements: The Doctor of Nursing Practice will be awarded to the student who has met the following requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • good standing at the time of graduation
  • successful completion of the scholarly project
  • successful completion of the required coursework and scholarly project hours
  • attendance at one (1) DNP Intensive during program