A new cohort of DNP students begin each August. The part-time program is 30 credits, primarily online with 4 on-site 3-day sessions, spanning over 24 months.
Submitting an Application
Applicants must submit a complete application, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale in a master's program, payment of the $100 application fee and include the following documents below.
The application for the Class of 2023 (starting in August 2021) will open on May 1, 2020 and will close on February 1, 2021. All applicant decisions will be made after the February 1 deadline. Applicants will be notified of their status in late March 2021.
- Completed online admissions application
- Payment of the $100 application fee
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale in a master’s program
- Proof of current and unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse
- If applicable, documentation of current certification as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN)
- Obtain unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended and upload into application software system.If you have already mailed your transcript to Academic Nursing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further instruction.
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Two letters of reference that highlight the applicant’s personal character, professional accomplishments, leadership, and academic ability
Note: Please complete the application accurately, in its entirety. All information provided must be true. Evidence of false, deceptive or misleading information at any time will result in dismissal or rejection from the DNP program without refund of tuition or fees. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure all documents have been received.
Additionally, all courses must be completed with a grade of B (3.0) or better in order to be eligible for credit transfer. Transfer grades are not included in the DNP grade point average.
A student requesting transfer course work must provide a written request to the program director and provide a syllabus of the course to be considered for transfer credit. The decision to decline transfer of any course based on non-equivalence will be final.
Courses eligible for transfer must be at a doctoral level.
How will I pay for this?
The curriculum is laid out to foster at least half-time enrollment (at least 4 credits/semester). This enrollment preserves the ability to maintain family and career responsibilities, while also being eligible for federal financial aid. Most students pay for tuition from personal savings or with educational loans.
Do I need to be a computer genius to participate in this program?
No. Our online learning management system places everything you need to complete a course in one place. Your onsite orientation will provide you with help on navigating the course materials, how to post discussions, view your calendar, view live and recorded lectures, work in groups with classmates, and other things you’ll need to do. The bulk of the program will be the nursing knowledge that you bring and that you acquire; the computer is just the interface we use to bring students and faculty together.
What does it mean to study nursing in a medical school?
One of AACN’s eight essential elements of doctoral education is interprofessional collaboration. It is well-known that many medical errors occur because of poor communication and poor coordination of care. Our nursing department is situated in the School of Medicine to provide our students with a unique learning environment, where they have more opportunities to communicate and collaborate with the physicians who will become their health care partners in the future. Our DNP program is administered and taught by professional nursing educators, but in a framework of leveraging the medical model of education, and with unique opportunities for communication and collaboration which should be prominent parts of any DNP program.
What is the time commitment?
The credit load can be used to estimate the time commitment. Each credit hour relates to one hour per week of engagement with faculty, and students can expect to spend 2-3 additional hours per credit on reading and other schoolwork. For a 5-credit semester, a student could expect to spend 15-20 hours per week in school-related activities. The advantage of a DNP program is that it is a practice doctorate. Therefore, students can apply their schoolwork to activities in their employed position, and potentially overlap some of the time commitment. For example, if you are a hospital administrator and you are seeking to implement a new patient safety system, you might use that endeavor as your doctoral project.
Do I need to move?
No. The program was designed for the working professional. On-site class times are limited to four throughout the 2-year program, and are scheduled near weekends to minimize disruption of work schedules. The majority of school work will be done on your own time and place. Our convenient learning management system provides access to your university and your DNP courses wherever you are. You could hold a class discussion or submit a paper while sitting on the beach!
Do I need to Complete the FAFSA to be eligible for financial aid?
Yes, to be eligible to receive financial aid you must complete the FAFSA.
A basic knowledge of computer and Internet skills is required in order to be successful in an online course. Skills needed include:
Understanding of basic computer hardware and software; ability to perform computer operations, such as:
- Using keyboard and mouse
- Managing files and folders: save, name, copy, move, backup, rename, delete, check properties
- Software installation, security and virus protection
- Using software applications, such as Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) or Google Docs
- Knowledge of copying and pasting, spell-checking, saving files in different formats
- Using email, including sending and downloading attachments
- Internet skills (i.e. connecting, accessing, using browsers) and ability to perform online research using various search engines and library databases
- Familiarity with and use of online educational resources (i.e. podcasts, Webex, video calls)
- Communicate using a discussion board and upload assignments to a classroom Web site
- Allowing pop-ups from websites (i.e. Canvas)
- Knowledge of terminology, such as browser, URL, application, etc.
Personal skills including:
- Self-discipline and time management skills
- Problem solving skills
- Critical thinking skills
- Netiquette and strong communication skills
- Research skills
Computer specifications for online courses include:
Minimum hardware specifications:
- Use a computer 2-years old or newer when possible
- 4GB of RAM
- 250 GB Hard drive
- Core i5 Processor or Greater processor
- Recommended: Webcam and Microphone
Minimum operating system requirements:
- Windows 10
- Mac OSX 10.6 and newer (Mac)
- Mobile operating system native app support
- iOS 7 and newer (versions vary by device)
- Android 4.2 and newer
Internet connection and web browser requirements:
- Minimum of 512kbps; high speed connection is recommended.
- Web browser (Latest modern versions of Firefox, Safari, Chrome)
- Recent version of Flash (used or recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
- Adobe Reader/Acrobat
- Microsoft Word 2013 or newer recommended (If you are not using Microsoft Word, we recommend saving documents as .rtf files for compatibility)
Note: Canvas is best viewed at a minimum resolution of 800x600. If viewing on a device with a smaller screen, the Canvas mobile app is recommended.
Due to SARA regulations we are unable to accept students from the state of California.