What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 39 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online (see details*)

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Doctor of Nursing Practice, D.N.P.

The D.N.P. degree is the highest level of clinical nursing practice. The need for nurse leaders with terminal degrees is vital for the future of healthcare. Graduates of our D.N.P. program will be able to lead the implementation of cost-effective practices that will improve health outcomes among individuals and populations. Our graduates work in healthcare administration, professional nursing organizations, higher education and a variety of practice settings throughout Georgia.

Students enroll in the program in a cohort, enabling them to network with industry leaders and build relationships that last well beyond graduation. *The hybrid program offers courses primarily in a Web-facilitated format with a limited number of on-campus sessions. Students attend on-campus sessions (also known as intensives) one day at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. The Web-facilitated classes are a combination of real-time and on-demand courses.

One hundred percent of our D.N.P. students work full-time.

Is a Ph.D. or D.N.P. degree right for me?

Doctor of Nursing Practice, D.N.P.

The D.N.P. degree is the highest level of clinical nursing practice. The need for nurse leaders with terminal degrees is vital for the future of healthcare. Graduates of our D.N.P. program will be able to lead the implementation of cost-effective practices that will improve health outcomes among individuals and populations. Our graduates work in healthcare administration, professional nursing organizations, higher education and a variety of practice settings throughout Georgia.

Students enroll in the program in a cohort, enabling them to network with industry leaders and build relationships that last well beyond graduation. *The hybrid program offers courses primarily in a Web-facilitated format with a limited number of on-campus sessions. Students attend on-campus sessions (also known as intensives) one day at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. The Web-facilitated classes are a combination of real-time and on-demand courses.

One hundred percent of our D.N.P. students work full-time.

Is a Ph.D. or D.N.P. degree right for me?

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 39 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online (see details*)

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Program Highlights

Faculty Recognition

Dr. Michelle Nelson is the recipient of the 2019 State Award for Excellence from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners for the State of Georgia.

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Careers

Graduates are highly qualified for the following career opportunities:

  • Healthcare executive
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Nursing faculty
  • Advanced practice nursing
  • Healthcare lobbyist
  • Clinical research
  • and more.

Program Details

Post-B.S.N. to D.N.P. Track:

Degree Requirement(s) B.S.N. from an accredited nursing program.
GPA Minimum of 2.75 cumulative grade point average in B.S.N. program.
Transcripts Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
Licensure A valid, unrestricted RN license in the state of residence and/or practice.
Professional Experience Minimum of six months of experience as a registered nurse at the time of program enrollment.
Entrance Exam GRE or MAT
Letters of Recommendation Three strong letters of recommendation are required, preferably from individuals with doctorates in nursing (D.N.P. or Ph.D.).  At least one recommendation must be from a faculty member from the applicant’s B.S.N. program.
Personal Statement Statement of how previous experience and education has provided sufficient preparation for graduate study as well as professional goals for graduate study.
Writing Sample A two-page writing sample on a health or practice-related topic. Sample must adhere to APA guidelines. Sample should be typed in Times New Roman 12 point font and double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5″ x 11″), with 1″ margins on all sides.
Resume/CV Current resume/CV
TOEFL Minimum score of 80 (550 for older exams). Required for applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores (not more than two years old) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution. For more information, visit https://lewis.gsu.edu/admissions/international-applicants.

Post-M.S.N. to D.N.P. Track:

Degree Requirement(s) M.S.N. from accredited nursing programs.
GPA Minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the M.S.N. program.
Transcripts Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
Clinical Hours Documentation of the number of precepted clinical hours or supervised residency hours in a master’s level program.
Licensure A copy of valid, unrestricted RN license as well as licensure for APRN (if applicable) in the state of residency and/or practice.
Entrance Exams GRE or MAT waived for applicants who have a cumulative grade point average in a master’s program.
Letters of Recommendation Three strong letters of recommendation are required, preferably from individuals with doctorates in nursing (D.N.P. or Ph.D.)
Statement State of professional goals for graduate study.
Writing Sample A two-page writing sample on a health or practice-related topic. Sample must adhere to APA guidelines. Sample should be typed in Times New Roman 12 point font and double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5″ x 11″), with 1″ margins on all sides.
Resume/CV Current resume/CV
TOEFL Minimum score of 80 (550 for older exams). Required for applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores (not more than two years old) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution. For more information please visit https://lewis.gsu.edu/admissions/international-applicants.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program:

  1. Enables graduates to utilize and integrate evidence-based practice, translate research, and implement quality improvement initiatives to promote positive patient outcomes;
  2. Prepares nurse leaders to translate current scientific knowledge for increasingly complex practice and collaboration with interprofessional teams;
  3. Develops nurse leaders who are innovative and employ advanced levels of clinical judgment to improve population and health outcomes;
  4. Produces graduates who demonstrate knowledge and skills of leading-edge technology;
  5. Creates nurse leaders with expertise in critical analysis of policy and advocacy.

Post-B.S.N. to D.N.P. Track

  • Total of 81 credit hours
  • Students can complete the requirements to sit for national certification examination as advanced practice nurses in their preferred specialty area (Adult Health-Gero NP, Adult Health-Gero CNS, Pediatric NP, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health).
  • Clinical Hours Requirement: 1,000

Post-M.S.N. to D.N.P. Track

  • Total of 39 credit hours.
  • The D.N.P. curriculum builds on the APRN curriculum with knowledge of core courses and skills serving as a foundation for a strong evidence-based focus and related organization and systems leadership.
  • APRNs and M.S. prepared nurses widen their scope of knowledge and influence to include populations of patients, healthcare systems, evidence-based practice, and technology.

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Contacts

Office of Academic Assistance
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
811 Urban Life Building
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-413-1000
snhpoaa@gsu.edu

Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3995
Atlanta, GA 30302-3995

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