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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Built for working advanced practice nurses, our online Doctor of Nursing Practice program’s curriculum can be completed in as little as 2 years. The DNP online program combines online coursework with field experiences in which you work with a qualified mentor to lead change in a local clinical organization. As an online DNP student, you can specialize in Administration, Information Technology or Leadership. You’ll also develop and present a scholarly capstone project exploring a clinical question of your choice. As a whole, this curriculum prepares you for collaborating in the development of future healthcare systems and influencing the next generation of nursing professionals.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Course Requirements

Doctor of Nursing Practice: 66 credits

Program credits are determined based on evaluation of MSN program of study and clinical/practicum hour attainment.

Foundation: 28 Credits
NSG7000 Organization and Systems Leadership for Nursing, 4 Credit Hours
NSG7005 Clinical Prevention and Population Health, 4 Credit Hours
NSG7010 Healthcare Policy, 4 Credit Hours
NSG7015 Financial Management and Resource Utilization, 4 Credit Hours
NSG7020 Evidence, Effectiveness, and Clinical Quality, 4 Credit Hours
PHE5015 Principles of Epidemiology, 4 Credit Hours
PHE5020 Biostatistical Methods, 4 Credit Hours
Specializations (Students select Two or Four Courses):16 Credits*
Administration Specialization
MHC6301 Healthcare Structure, Organization, and Governance, 4 Credit Hours
MHC6302 Public Health Organization and Management, 4 Credit Hours
MHC6303 Quality Performance and Management, 4 Credit Hours
MPA5001 Foundations of Public Administration, 4 Credit Hours
MPA5005 Public and Non-profit Organizational Behavior, 4 Credit Hours
MPA5010 Public and Non-profit Budgeting and Accounting, 4 Credit Hours
MPA6001 Research and Data Analysis in Public Administration, 4 Credit Hours
MPA6105 Grant Writing and Contract Administration, 4 Credit Hours
MPA6115 Program Evaluation of Public and Non-profit Organizations, 4 Credit Hours
MPA6501 State and Local Government and Intergovernmental Relations, 4 Credit Hours
MPA6505 Legislative and Judicial Process, 4 Credit Hours
MPA6520 Legal Environment of Public Administration, 4 Credit Hours
Information Technology Specialization
MIS5020 Information Systems Fundamentals, 4 Credit Hours
MIS6000 Principles of System Development, 4 Credit Hours
MIS6010 Project Management, 4 Credit Hours
MIS6020 Corporate Information Systems Management, 4 Credit Hours
Leadership Specialization
LEA5100 Leadership, Organization Theory and Change, 4 Credit Hours
LEA5125 Leadership Ethics, Culture, and Politics, 4 Credit Hours
LEA5130 Team Building and Group Dynamics, 4 Credit Hours
LEA6175 International Leadership, 4 Credit Hours
LEA6185 International Negotiations, 4 Credit Hours
LEA5140 Emotional Intelligence and Leadership, 4 Credit Hours
LEA6150 Coaching and Professional Development, 4 Credit Hours
LEA6180 Strategic Negotiations, 4 Credit Hours
Public Health Specialization
PHE6202 Program Planning and Evaluation, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6210 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6220 Evidence-based Public Health Practice, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6201 Public Health Policy Research, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6402 Public Health Law and Ethics, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6404 Grant and Contract Proposal Writing in Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
Note(s):

*Students are required to complete 2 program elective courses (8 credits). Students may also elect to complete 4 courses (16 credits) across the different program elective areas to earn a General specialization or to complete 4 courses within a single program elective area to earn an Administration, Information Technology, Leadership, Project Management, or Public Health specialization. In all cases, students should work closely with their Academic Counselor and Faculty Mentor to select appropriate coursework that meets their career needs and course prerequisites.

Clinical Field Experience: 12 or 18 Credits**
NSG7200 Advanced Nursing Field Experience I, 4 or 6 Credit Hours
NSG7205 Advanced Nursing Field Experience II, 4 or 6 Credit Hours
NSG7210 Advanced Nursing Field Experience III, 4 or 6 Credit Hours
Note(s):

**Students entering the DNP program with 500 or more hours of documented, post-baccalaureate clinical experience must take the DNP Clinical Field Experience coursework at 6 credits each.  Students entering the DNP program with less than 500 hours of documented, post-baccalaureate clinical experience must take NSG 7220 prior to their enrollment in NSG7200 to reach the minimum 500 hours of documented, post-baccalaureate clinical experience. NSG7220 may be repeated up to three times. In all cases, students should work closely with their Academic Counselor and Faculty Mentor to schedule the appropriate clinical and field experience coursework needed to reach the total minimum required 1,000 documented hours of, post-baccalaureate clinical experience- required upon completion of the DNP program.

Capstone in Applied Practice: 4 Credits
NSG8100 Capstone in Applied Practice I, 1 Credit Hour
NSG8105 Capstone in Applied Practice II, 1 Credit Hour
NSG8110 Capstone in Applied Practice III, 1 Credit Hour
NSG8115 Capstone in Applied Practice IV, 1 Credit Hour
Note(s):

**South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Outcomes

The online DNP program should prepare you to:

  • Provide the highest level of nursing practice through integration of advanced competencies in leadership, ethics and the practice sciences, including biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, organizational, and public health sciences.
  • Demonstrate organizational and care systems leadership for quality and safety.
  • Use contemporary healthcare science to address and resolve complex healthcare problems and disparities.
  • Evaluate scientific findings for clinical applicability and potential to affect transformative care.
  • Integrate information technology and informatics to provide scalable solutions for real-world systems problems.
  • Use strategies of risk reduction/illness prevention, health promotion, and health maintenance to improve the care of individuals, families, and populations.
  • Partner in creating healthcare policy to shape financing, regulation, access, and delivery of health services.

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here

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We're committed to helping our graduates make impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our nursing alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our graduates have to say.

Esther Romero 2014
Esther Romero Grad Alumni
Class of '14
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“After having moved around so much as a child due to my father being in the military, I wanted to attend a small campus that was close to home. South University provided an environment that was welcoming and the nursing program at South University is highly respected.”

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Zulma Alfonso Grad Alumni
Class of '12
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“My classes at South University have truly moved me forward. My public speaking class shattered my insecurities and gave me so much more self-confidence about telling the world who I am and what I have to offer! I quickly let go of many self-doubts and found I had a new fearlessness to be myself no matter where -- or in what circumstances -- I found myself.”

Adrienne Hampton 2016
Adrienne Hampton Grad Alumni
Class of '16
Master of Science in Nursing

“I can truly say that during my experience at South University I have only encountered positive, encouraging, intelligent, and professional staff who want their students to be successful. The online courses have been challenging but knowledge enhancing as well. I have learned discipline and have decreased my test anxiety through weekly quizzes, our midterms and final exams. Moreover, the Practicum experience has exceeded my expectations by allowing me to apply what I have read, researched, and studied into practice”

Shirrelle M Everett 2015
Shirrelle Everett Grad Alumni
Class of '15
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“It took me almost ten years to realize that without an education I would be stuck working for minimum wage at dead-end jobs, I was a single mother of two children living on welfare. South University allowed me to gain the knowledge and skills needed to advance my career at my own pace. My education has enabled me to take care of my family.”

Sergio Ocampo 2010
Sergio Ocampo Grad Alumni
Class of '10
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“[I] considered myself a competent nurse, but after I received my BSN from South University, my confidence [went] through the roof, making me a valuable asset to my hospital [and] earning high respect from my colleagues and hospital administration.”

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