Nursing BSN to DNP

Degree Requirements: 74 Credit Hours (> 95% Online)

Programs Available

Post BSN to DNP with "Stop-Out" option; Post-MSN Certificate

Total Credits: 46 credits for FNP or PMHNP; additional 28 credits for DNP. Post-MSN Certificate options are variable in length.

*For students who choose to stop at the MSN, their credits will be 46 for FNP or PMHNP.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in the proposed field of study (BSN) or its equivalent from a college accredited by the appropriate accrediting association.
  2. Current Georgia RN license. Out-of-state students must obtain a Georgia RN license.
  3. One year of clinical nursing experience prior to entering the nurse practitioner clinical specialty.
  4. Prerequisite undergraduate statistics course or a statistically oriented methodology course.
  5. Submission/completion of documentation:
    1. College of Graduate Studies application
    2. Georgia Southern Health Services form
    3. Proof of current malpractice liability insurance
    4. Proof of American Heart Association Level C (2 person-BLS) CPR certification
    5. Three letters of recommendation
    6. School of Nursing Student Health Appraisal forms

Specific Admission Policies

Must gain Regular Degree-Seeking Status admission to the BSN to DNP program to be eligible to enroll in graduate nursing courses. Non-degree students are not permitted to enroll in graduate nursing courses with the exception of students formally admitted to the Post-MSN Certificate option or with prior approval from the Graduate Program Director. The Graduate Program Director will make an admission decision recommendation following a review of the applicant's credentials. Admission decisions are made on a case by case basis.

Regular Option

  1. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)plus one option below:
  2. Minimum Miller Analogy Test (MAT) of 402
  3. Students must have 2 years of Full-time employment as a Registered Nurse PRIOR to beginning their Specialty course work.
  4. All international applicants, including resident and non-resident aliens, whose native language is not English and who do not have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, are required to submit official TOEFL scores taken within the year immediately preceding the requested semester of admission. A minimum total score of 83, and minimum scores of 20 for each of the skills evaluated by the TOEFL: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing) An original copy of the test score, sent by the testing agency to the Office of Graduate Admissions is required before any action is taken on an application. The copy of the score provided to the student and subsequently forwarded is not acceptable.

Accelerated Option

  1. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3 (on 4.0 scale)plus one option below:
  2. Minimum Miller Analogy Test (MAT) of 410.
  3. Students must have 2 years of Full-time employment as a Registered Nurse PRIOR to admission into the program.

Progression Requirements

  1. Clinical Course Progression: If a student earns a grade of "C" in any MSN Clinical course dyad with didactic and clinical hours as concurrent components (Health Assessment, PC1, PC2, PC3, or similar dyad), the student will be required to repeat both components of the course dyad to progress in the program.
  2. Once students begin the Family Practice Core which includes Primary Care I, Primary Care 2, and Primary Care 3, all clinicals must be completed in the state of Georgia or within a 250 miles radius of the Georgia Southern University main campus.
  3. Readmission into the BSN to DNP Program: Any student desiring reinstatement, after withdrawal from the BSN to DNP program, who has successfully completed any of the FNP specialty core courses (Health Assessment, PC1, PC2, PC3 or similar dyad) will be required to complete a 1 credit hour Independent Study with 90 clinical hours (ch) in a clinical focus, determined by the Graduate Program Director, that has been successfully completed before being allowed to return to the next clinical dyad course in the curriculum sequence.
  4. All students admitted to, or enrolled in, the BSN to DNP program are required to attend a MANDATORY on-campus annual Intensive PRIOR to each Fall cycle of course work. The dates of this Intensive are scheduled by the School of Nursing. Students assume responsibility for all scheduling and costs in order to attend this Intensive time period.

Required Credits

Major: Nursing, Post BSN to DNP Total, 74 Hours
           MSN Stop-Out option concentration: Family Nurse                                        Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner                (PMHNP), 46 Hours  

(585 didactic hours and 630 clinical hours)

Credit Hours
Graduate Core
NURS   8136Family Theory and Issues Management3
NURS   9131Biometrics for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NURS   9134Health Care Organization, Financing and Policy Development3
NURS   9137Clinical Scholarship I: Theory, Scientific Underpinnings, and Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS   9138Clinical Scholarship II: Theory, Scientific Underpinnings, and Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS   9231Advanced Nursing Practice and DNP Role Transition3
Advanced Practice Core
NURS   5210GAdvanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan Clinical (90 ch)1
NURS   5230GAdvanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan3
NURS   6134Differential Diagnosis and Pathophysiology3
NURS   6135Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NURS   6230Epidemiology and Transcultural Issues for APN3
Speciality Courses
NURS   7224Primary Care Clinical I: Women's Health (180 ch)2
NURS   7225Primary Care Clinical II: Pediatric Health (180 ch)2
NURS   7226Primary Care Clinical III: Adult/Gero (180 ch)2
NURS   7231Primary Care I: Women3
NURS   7233Primary Care II: Pediatrics3
NURS   7235Primary Care III: Adult/Gero3
Options for all Majors:
Selected Topics Nursing
Independent Study Nursing
Thesis Nursing
(Students May "Opt Out" at this time to receive MSN)
Doctoral Core
NURS   9126Biomedical Ethics in Practice and Leadership2
Doctoral Emphasis
NURS   9132Leadership and Management in Practice Transition3
NURS   9135Outcomes Management Strategies for Improved Health Care3
NURS   9136Population Focused Collaborative Initiative3
NURS   9720DNP Capstone Immersion2
NURS   9921DNP Clnical Immersion Project 1 : Development2
NURS   9922DNP Clinical Immersion Project 2 : Implementation2
NURS   9923DNP Clinical Immersion Project 3 : Outcomes Analysis and Dissemination2
Elective 13
Elective 23
Elective 33
Total Credit Hours74
 

Concentration: Psychiatric/Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), 46 Credit Hours

(585 didactic hours and 630 clinical hours)

Credit Hours
Graduate Core18
NURS   8136Family Theory and Issues Management3
NURS   9131Biometrics for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NURS   9134Health Care Organization, Financing and Policy Development3
NURS   9137Clinical Scholarship I: Theory, Scientific Underpinnings, and Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS   9138Clinical Scholarship II: Theory, Scientific Underpinnings, and Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS   9231Advanced Nursing Practice and DNP Role Transition3
Advanced Practice Core13
NURS   5210GAdvanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan Clinical1
NURS   5230GAdvanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan3
NURS   6134Differential Diagnosis and Pathophysiology3
NURS   6135Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NURS   6230Epidemiology and Transcultural Issues for APN3
Specialty Courses15
NURS   7111PMHNP 4: Community and Vulnerable Populations1
NURS   7124PMHNPC 1: Individual MH Care Across the Lifespan Clinical2
NURS   7125PMHNPC 2: Mental Health Care of the Child & Family Clinical2
NURS   7126PMHNPC 3: Care of the Individual and Family with Substance Use Disorders Clinical2
NURS   7127PMHNP 3: Care of the Individual and Family with Substance Use Disorders2
NURS   7131PMHNP 1: Individual MH Care Across the Lifespan3
NURS   7133PMHNP 2: Mental Health Care of the Child & Family3
Options for all Majors:
Selected Topics Nursing
Independent Study Nursing
Thesis Nursing
(Students May "Opt Out" at this time to receive MSN)
Doctoral Core
NURS   9126Biomedical Ethics in Practice and Leadership2
Doctoral Emphasis
NURS   9132Leadership and Management in Practice Transition3
NURS   9135Outcomes Management Strategies for Improved Health Care3
NURS   9136Population Focused Collaborative Initiative3
NURS   9720DNP Capstone Immersion2
NURS   9921DNP Clnical Immersion Project 1 : Development2
NURS   9922DNP Clinical Immersion Project 2 : Implementation2
NURS   9923DNP Clinical Immersion Project 3 : Outcomes Analysis and Dissemination2
Elective 13
Elective 23
Elective 33
Total Credit Hours74

Other Program Requirements

  • See academic standards and regulations in the graduate section for information on Program of Study and comprehensive examination procedures.
  • Students must meet the progression policies of College of Graduate Studies and the BSN to DNP or Post MSN DNP Program.
  • A student admitted Non-degree to the Post-MSN Certificate options must meet the same academic standards and regulations for progress and retention as a Degree-seeking student. Students are given the option to obtain their BSN to DNP degree upon completing the Specialty Courses in the program. However, the student MUST contact the Graduate Program Director and submit an application for graduation NO LATER THAN the semester prior to beginning Specialty Core Courses in order for the degree to be conferred. Students completing the Family Nurse Practitioner part of the BSN to DNP program or Post-MSN certificate option are eligible to sit for national certification examination at that time. Otherwise, they will not be allowed to sit for the examination until they have completed the Doctoral Core.
  • Students who complete NURS 9134 (Health Care Financing and Policy Development), NURS 9131 (Biometrics for Advanced Practice Nursing), NURS 9137 (Clinical Scholarship I: Theory, Scientific Underpinnings, and Evidence-Based Practice), NURS 9138 (Clinical Scholarship II: Theory, Scientific Underpinnings, and Evidence-Based Practice), and NURS 9231 (Advanced Nursing Practice and DNP Role Transition) (in the BSN to DNP program) while obtaining their MSN degree from Georgia Southern University have four (4) years from the date of their MSN final transcript to re-apply to the DNP program to obtain their doctoral degree without penalty. These five (5) courses would meet the requirements of the DNP program and would not need to be repeated. After successfully completing the additional five (5) semesters of course work, students would obtain the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree.
  • Preference is given to applicants with a desire to work in rural or underserved areas. Minority and rural students are encouraged to apply.

Advisement

School of Nursing
Graduate Program
Dr. Deborah Allen
P.O. Box 8158
Statesboro, GA 30460-8158
(912) 478-0017
FAX (912) 478-1679
debbieallen@georgiasouthern.edu
http://chhs.georgiasouthern.edu/nursing