Doctor of Nursing Practice

Augusta University
Degree Level Doctoral
Total Credit Hours 40
Per Credit Hour Cost See Website

Program Description

The state's first Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, this program educates advanced nurse clinicians for expert practice in leadership and clinical roles. This doctoral-level education provides nurses the clinical and management expertise to improve health care outcomes, making them expert collaborators in solving health care problems in systems.

The DNP Post-Master’s No Concentration and Post-Master’s Nurse Executive programs are 100% online with two campus visits for orientation and final project presentation.

Admissions Information

Admission Criteria for DNP Post-Master’s No Concentration Program:


Admission Criteria for DNP Post-Master’s Nurse Executive Program:

Admission Requirements

(Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Entry Terms)


A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum overall graduate GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Minimum Degree Requirement

Minimum of a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited college or university. Completion of a pre-licensure program with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree may fulfill the minimum degree requirement, which will be determined on a case by case basis. To be used to satisfy degree requirement, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree(s) earned that are the U.S. equivalency of degree(s) required by the program.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to NursingCAS. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, NursingCAS will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts

An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE).Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement.

Letters of Recommendation

As part of the online NursingCAS application process, applicants provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their referees. Referees should be individuals qualified to critically assess the applicant's prior academic (usually college professors), employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience (clinical or research supervisor/manager) and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant's potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected. Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email notification directing him/her to the online site where he/she can complete the reference form and submit his/her letter of recommendation.

TOEFL Requirements (if applicable)

The official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The TOEFL exam must be taken within 2 years of the date of application. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

The minimum scores are:

  • 213 computer-based
  • 79 internet-based
  • 550 paper-based (PBT; prior to October 2017)
  • No minimum for the revised paper-delivered test (PDT; October 2017 and later)

Program Specific Requirements

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants must have completed a 3 credit hour undergraduate or graduate statistics or biostatistics course with a grade of "B" or higher.

Personal Interview

Interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the program.

Resume or CV

Including date of most recent revision. This item is uploaded directly into NursingCAS.


Included within the application, applicants must submit a 500 word minimum written essay describing the role of a Doctor of Nursing Practice professional in the health care environment, address your specific area of clinical concentration you currently have or are applying for (FNP/PNP/ACNP/ETC), how this DNP prepared specialty will impact health care and health care outcomes and how this degree fits with the applicant’s professional goals. Inclusion of references and citations is encouraged.


Proof of unrestricted RN license from state where applicant is practicing at the time of

application. Please upload a copy of the license directly into NursingCAS, if available. Proof of a current unrestricted GA professional nursing license must be obtained prior to matriculation. If ineligible for licensure at time of admission, proof of an unrestricted GA nursing license is required prior to the end of the first semester.

Post-Baccalaureate Clinic and Practice Hours

All DNP graduates must complete a total of 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice as mandated by the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing.


One year of professional nursing experience is recommended, but not required, prior to beginning clinical courses.

Program Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges