Doctorate of Nursing Practice

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Admission Requirements

Prospective DNP students are selected for admission based on the candidate's application content, academic record, curriculum of completed required courses, professional nursing licensure, and evaluation forms. Individual student transcripts and writing samples are evaluated by the DNP program director.

Applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program must hold a Master of Science in Nursing or a closely related field. 

Nova Southeastern University offers a PhD in nursing education and an EdD with a specialization in nursing education for MSN prepared nurses seeking doctoral education focusing on nursing education.

Transfer Credits

No more than 6 graduate credits may be transferred into the DNP program from other Ph.D. in nursing or DNP programs. Courses will be evaluated by the program director and the associate dean on an individual basis for credit toward the DNP. Their decision will be final. To be considered for credit, a course must have been taken at an accredited graduate program and be the equivalent of a course offered in the DNP program. The student must have earned a grade of B or higher in the course. Students must submit the syllabus of any course for which they are seeking credit directly to the program director. Additional documentation may be required by the program director before credit may be granted. Only courses completed prior to the matriculation in the DNP program will be considered for transfer credit.

Admission to the DNP program
  1. Master of Science in Nursing or a closely related field from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited school.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from master's degree.
  3. Current US registered nurse licensure with no restriction.
  4. Two evaluation (reference) forms from individuals (other than relatives) such as academic advisor, professors, clinical or non-clinical supervisors or community associates.
  5. A writing sample.
  6. Official documentation of all supervised post baccalaureate practice hours from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited school.

See application procedures for full instructions.