Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at South University Tampa is designed as the highest degree for advanced nurses who wish to maintain nursing practice as their area of professional emphasis. The DNP program provides options for current nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses to incorporate progressive and thoughtful clinical practice, inquiry, and leadership competencies into their clinical practice repertoire.
The DNP program is offered as a post-master’s program, providing a pathway for master’s prepared nurses to achieve doctoral level competencies consistent with a clinical program of study. Coursework in the program emphasizes current topics in nursing, field experiences, and scholarship while offering program electives drawn from a broad range of interdisciplinary fields from the South University College of Business and College of Health Professions. Ultimately, the DNP degree is designed to provide practicing clinicians with the depth and breadth of clinical skill, leadership, and clinical inquiry competencies essential to achieving the highest level of clinical excellence.
Procedure for Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice** Program
** South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states. Please contact an admissions representative for further information.
Admissions criteria for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program are consistent with those required in South University College of Nursing and Public Health's advanced practice programs. The criteria used in determining admission to the Doctor of Nursing degree program include:
- Completion of an application for admission.
- Completion of a master's degree in nursing (or be a pending graduate) from an acceptable accredited collegiate institution and a CGPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Official documentation of the actual number of verified clinical hours completed during the master's program of study within 10 weeks after the initial start date. This requirement may come in the form of the credentialing documents used to verify the hours for certification examination or a statement from the graduate degree-granting institution verifying the actual number of hours completed during the master's program.
- Completion of a three semester credit hour undergraduate or graduate course (or equivalent) in statistics with a grade of C (undergraduate)/B (graduate) or better .
- Completion of a three semester credit hour graduate nursing research course (or equivalent) with a grade of B or better.
- Submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended within 10 weeks after the initial start date.
- A valid unencumbered single-state and/or a valid unencumbered Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) multistate license as a registered nurse in all U.S. states or territories in which the student is licensed, including the state in which the student completes all assignments for the program is required. (Note that military, federal, and foreign educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure). An unencumbered license(s) must be maintained throughout the program.
- Applicants for whom English is a Second Language (ESL) must submit a minimum paper-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 600 or the electronic-based score of 250 to be considered for the program.
- Meet Core Performance Standards for nursing professionals as described in the academic catalog.
- Interview with Chair/Program Director or designated faculty for campus based students.
- Submission of the following:
- Three references using the appropriate appraisal form. At least two of the individuals submitting references should hold a doctoral degree in any field.
- An essay (i.e. goal statement) explaining career goals, reasons for your choice of program electives, and reasons to pursue a doctor of nursing practice degree.
- A resume or curriculum vitae describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.
Once all required admissions documents and information are submitted, the application will be reviewed and evaluated for an admission decision.
Program credits are determined based on evaluation of MSN program of study and clinical/practicum hour attainment.
*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.
**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.
**South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states. Please contact an admissions representative for further information.
The objectives of the South University College of Nursing DNP program are to prepare nurses who, using leadership and collaboration, will:
- 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 the generation of healthcare policy to shape financing, regulation, access, and delivery of health services.
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