Doctor of Nursing Practice

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2019 Joint DNP Intensive Information

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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 program is available every 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 will have one of the following three concentrations associated with it: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, or dual Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner.  The BSN to DNP pathway is currently available to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi residents only.

The MSN to DNP pathway admits MSN prepared advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists) and nurse executives.  Certification in one of these roles is required prior to completing 12 credit hours in the program.

The DNP curriculum includes development of a scholarly practice improvement 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 1065-1590 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.

Program of Study:

Sample BSN to DNP with a Dual Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Program of Study

Sample BSN to DNP with a FNP Concentration Program of Study

Sample BSN to DNP with PMHNP Consentration Program of Study

Sample Full-time Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program of Study

Sample Part-time Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program of Study

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) and 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. Master’s degree in nursing in an advanced nursing practice area (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist) from a regionally and CCNE or NLN accredited school of nursing. Students who have a master’s degree in nursing in an area other than advanced practice (e.g. nursing administration or nursing informatics) may request to have their application evaluated to determine if they meet requirements for admission to the DNP program.
  3. Advanced practice national certification or eligibility to sit for advanced practice national certification, and must pass certification exam prior to completing 12 credit hours of DNP coursework. Students who are not yet certified will only be considered for conditional admission.
  4. A 3.0 grade point average, based on a 4.0 system in a completed graduate degree.
  5. 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 semester each year.  Your completed application must be received by the March 1st deadline.  

Doctor of Nursing Practice Application Process

  • Begin your graduate application at the Graduate School’s Application Center.  Select the Distance Learning Application and the appropriate track.
  • 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. One – two page essay detailing your goals for the degree. Recommend using APA format.
  • 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 (if applicable)– 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 maintained duringprogram.
  • 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. Please use template, submissions in a different format will not be accepted.
  • BSN to DNP Applicants Only: NP Writing Sample.  See Nurse Practitioner Writing Sample Template.  Please use template, submissions in a different format will not be accepted.

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.

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 scholarly project
  • successful completion of the required coursework and scholarly project hours
  • attendance at one (1) DNP Intensive during program
  • BSN to DNP students are required to attend two on-campus skills days during the concentration unique clinical courses