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2021 DNP Intensive Information

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Click here to view the states from which the Capstone College of Nursing currently accepts applications for admission. Please note that the Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program only accepts Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi residents.

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Description:

The DNP is a practice doctorate in nursing which prepares graduates to function at the highest level of nursing practice. Entry into the BSN to DNP program is available every fall and entry into the MSN to DNP is available spring, summer and fall. 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: (a) advocate for reasonable, rational, and data-driven health regulations, standards, and practices; (b) sustain collaborative and strategic relationships; (c) promote innovative, effective health care programs; and (d) form partnerships with diverse groups to address health disparities.

Two pathways to the DNP degree are available, the post-baccalaureate to DNP (BSN to DNP) and the post-master’s to DNP (MSN to DNP).  The BSN to DNP pathway admits BSN-prepared nurses.  The MSN degree will be awarded concurrently with the DNP degree at the conclusion of the program.  The MSN degree offers one of the following concentrations associated with it: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, dual Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Administrator.  The BSN to DNP pathway for Nurse Practitioner concentrations is currently available to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi residents only.

The MSN to DNP pathway admits those with a minimum of a Bachelor’s in Nursing and a Master’s in Nursing or another relevant field.  Those with Master’s in a field other than Nursing may be required to complete additional courses.  The program of work offers the opportunity for a focus in education or executive administration through additional elective coursework if desired.

The DNP curriculum includes development of a clinical practice project. This “DNP project” is designed to synthesize scholarship in an advanced nursing practice specialty or an area of health care leadership. Practice immersion experiences provide the context within which the project is completed. Students develop the project under the direction of a team, including program faculty, the student, the clinical advisor, the faculty advisor, and alumni mentors.  All courses are offered in a distance accessible format.

Note: This program requires a clinical component (post baccalaureate clinical hours range from 1080-1620 (as of fall 2019) depending on the concentration; post-master’s clinical hours are 540).  It is the student’s responsibility to identify a site and an appropriate clinical advisor.  No clinical practice will take place until the student has been notified by CCN of site and clinical advisor approval.

Current Program of Study:

BSN to DNP  with a Dual Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Programs of Study

Sample BSN to DNP with a Dual Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Fall Admit

Sample BSN to DNP with a Dual Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Spring Admit

Sample BSN to DNP with a Dual Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Summer Admit

BSN to DNP  with a Family Nurse Practitioner Focus Programs of Study

Sample BSN to DNP with a Family Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Fall Admit

Sample BSN to DNP with a Family Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Spring Admit

Sample BSN to DNP with a Family Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Summer Admit

BSN to DNP  with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Programs of Study

Sample BSN to DNP with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Fall Admit

Sample BSN to DNP with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Spring Admit

Sample BSN to DNP with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Summer Admit

Post-Master’s DNP Programs of Study

Sample Full-time and Part-time DNP Program of Study – Fall Admit

Sample DNP Program of Study – Spring Admit

Sample DNP Program of Study – Summer Admit

Programs of Study for Students Accepted Fall 2021 and Forward:

BSN to DNP  with a Dual Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Programs of Study

Sample BSN to DNP with a Dual Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Fall Admit

Sample BSN to DNP with a Dual Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Spring Admit

Sample BSN to DNP with a Dual Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Summer Admit

BSN to DNP  with a Family Nurse Practitioner Focus Programs of Study

Sample BSN to DNP with a Family Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Fall Admit

Sample BSN to DNP with a Family Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Spring Admit

Sample BSN to DNP with a Family Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Summer Admit

BSN to DNP  with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Programs of Study

Sample BSN to DNP with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Fall Admit

Sample BSN to DNP with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Spring Admit

Sample BSN to DNP with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Focus Program of Study – Summer Admit

BSN to DNP with a Nurse Administrator Focus Program of Study

Sample BSN to DNP with a Nurse Administrator Focus Program of Study – Fall Admit

Sample BSN to DNP with a Nurse Administrator Focus Program of Study – Spring Admit

Sample BSN to DNP with a Nurse Administrator Focus Program of Study – Summer Admit

Post-Master’s DNP Programs of Study

Sample Full-time and Part-time DNP Program of Study – Fall Admit

Sample Full-time and Part-time DNP Program of Study – Spring Admit

Sample Full-time and Part-time DNP Program of Study – Summer Admit

Previous Years Graduate Catalog (prior to fall 2020)

Admission Requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate DNP:

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the University of Alabama Graduate School. Applicants for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) will be considered on a competitive basis. The following are requirements for admission:

  1. Current unencumbered RN licensure in a state approved for admission. Currently only residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi are eligible for admission to the post-baccalaureate to DNP pathway.
  2. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
  3. For unconditional admission, a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) or 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work are required.
  4. Final admission is contingent upon drug and background screen results that are deemed acceptable by appropriate University officials.

Admission Requirements for the Post-Master’s DNP:

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the University of Alabama Graduate School. Applicants for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) will be considered on a competitive basis. The following are requirements for admission:

  1. Current unencumbered RN licensure in a state approved for admission. Click Here to view the states from which the College of Nursing accepts applications for admission.
  2. Bachelor’s degree in nursing and a Master’s degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited school of nursing or a Master’s degree in another relevant field. Those with Master’s in a field other than Nursing may be required to complete additional courses.
  3. A 3.0 grade point average, based on a 4.0 system in a completed graduate degree.
  4. Final admission is contingent upon drug and background screen results that are deemed acceptable by appropriate University officials.

Application Process

Enrollment into the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is available for fall, spring and summer semesters each year.  Your completed application must be received by March 1st for the fall semester, August 1st for the spring semester and December 1st for the Summer semester.  

Doctor of Nursing Practice Application Process

  • Begin your graduate application at the UA Graduate School.  Select the Distance Learning Application and the appropriate track.
  • Request transcripts following the Graduate School’s transcript instructions.
  • Submit supporting documents:

    • Statement of Purpose. See DNP Statement of Purpose Guidelines
    • 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.
    • Verification of Clinical Hours – Send Verification of Post-BSN Clinical Hours Form to your previous master’s program/s and have them complete and return to you.
  • Interview – Applicants will receive instructions on this step once the application is complete with the above requirements.

Additionally, we may require the following:

  • 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.

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.  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 DNP project
  • Successful completion of the required coursework and DNP project hours
  • Participate in DNP orientation
  • Attendance at one (1) DNP Intensive during the DNP Project courses (last three semesters of the program)
  • BSN to DNP students are required to attend two on-campus skills days during the concentration unique clinical courses