Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-MSN)

Georgia Southern University
Degree Level Doctoral
Total Credit Hours 37

Program Description

The online DNP will prepare graduates to provide the most advanced level of nursing care for individuals and communities. You can be trained in the following areas:

  • Direct care of individual patients
  • Management of care for individuals and populations
  • Administration of nursing systems
  • Development and implementation of health policy

Georgia Southern University’s Post-MSN-DNP degree prepares advanced practice nurses to provide the highest level of nursing care to individuals and communities. Students must have their Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license and certification for this program. Examples of the four (4) APRN roles identified by the Consensus Model are: Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Nurse Practitioner (NP), and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).

Our six-semester online program provides APRNs with the flexible schedules they need to earn a terminal degree.

Both synchronous (live, real-time) and asynchronous (on your own, not live) formats are used. Most of the coursework is asynchronous but live sessions are scheduled in selected online courses. Students should consult with individual course syllabi for specific live session requirements.

The curriculum is aimed at translating evidence into practice in the following areas to improve healthcare outcomes:

  • Health policy
  • Management of care for individuals and populations
  • Nursing/healthcare systems

Admissions Information

  • Hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from an accredited institution with an advanced practice nursing focus.
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) graduate GPA.
  • A minimum of 500 documented academic clinical hours in MSN APN preparation. Evidence of post-graduation clinical experience in the advanced practice role unless continuing immediately into DNP course work as post-MSN DNP student.
  • Current RN licensure in state of residence where clinical hours will be completed. Must also have a current RN license in Georgia as required by the Georgia Board of Nursing for all graduate nursing students.
  • American Heart Association Level C (2 person-BLS) CPR certification.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional colleagues who can attest to academic and clinical acumen. Forms in the online application are acceptable, letters may also be attached by the recommender.
  • 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.
  • *International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES-accredited evaluation service and must be a course-by-course evaluation and include a GPA. (

  • The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline. If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Upon Acceptance into the Program

    • Proof of current RN malpractice liability insurance (policy cover page) with name, dates of coverage and amount ($1 million incident/ $3 million aggregate)
    • Proof of “student” malpractice insurance prior to entering ANY clinical course that requires clinical hours
    • School of Nursing Student Health forms
    • Georgia Southern University Health Services Form (must be completed prior to the first-semester entry and completed each semester afterwards)
    • Proof of APRN licensure

Program Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education