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Nursing Practice (DNP) - MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Bridge to DNP Executive Nursing Administration Pathway

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Degree:  doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

MSN (Clinical Nurse Leader) Bridge to DNP Pathway (Executive Nursing Administration) (14 Courses, 42 Credit Hours)

  1. MSN Clinical Nurse Leader (Completed before admission)

  2. Bridge Course - (2 Courses, 6 Credit hours)

  3. DNP Core Courses - (8 Courses, 24 Credit hours)

  4. DNP Residency Courses - (4 Courses, 12 Credit hours)

Course Requirements

Bridge Courses (2 Courses, 6 Credit Hours)
  1. 6 Credit hours:  NU 560, NU 565

DNP Core Courses (8 Courses, 24 Credit Hours)
  1. 24  Credit hours:  NU 607, NU 608, NU 610, NU 611, NU 612, NU 613, NU 615, NU 616
DNP Residency Courses (4 Courses, 12 Credit Hours)
  1. Executive Nursing Administration (12 Credit hours):  NU 661, NU 662, NU 663, NU 664

Subspecialties (8-11  Credit Hours)

Subspecialties are elective courses students may add to the degree program.

  1. 11 Credit hours:  Addictions Nursing:  HSC 580, HSC 581, HSC 582, NU 510, NU 511, NU 512  May be added to any concentration.

  2. 9 Credit hours:  Advanced Forensic Nursing:  NU 500, NU 501, NU 502, NU 503, NU 504, NU 505  May be added to any concentration.

  3. 11 Credit hours:  Nurse Educator:  NU 620, NU 621, NU 622, NU 623  May be added to any concentration.
Elective Courses - (1-3 Credit Hours)
  1.  1 Credit hour:  NU 509

  2. 3 Credit hours:  NU 597 

Additional Information 

MSN IN CLINICAL NURSE LEADER BRIDGE TO DNP EXECUTIVE NURSING ADMINISTRATION

Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission to the DNP program, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States of America.
  2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.
  3. Prior to enrolling in nurse practitioner clinical courses, students are required to have at least 2 years of experience in an area appropriate to their specialty.
  4. Applicants to the MSN to DNP pathway must have a minimal GPA of 3.0 on all MSN work (A=4.0).
  5. MSN degree must be from a regionally accredited institution.
  6. Students must be in good standing with all academic institutions/nursing programs that they have attended in order to be admitted to the DNP program.
  7. Submission of Health Data Forms and evidence of health insurance required upon admission.
  8. Admission will be contingent on a negative drug screen and results of an acceptable background check.

Application Procedures

Admission to the program is limited and selective. Application forms and other information may be obtained from the College of Nursing's website at https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/con/dnp/dnpapplic.html or by contacting the college directly at College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688; condnpadmit@southalabama.edu; Telephone: (251) 445-9400.

  1. Admission to the program is limited and selective.
  2. Completion of Primary and Supplemental Applications is required.
    1. Primary Application submitted through Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS) at www.NursingCAS.org. Official transcripts of all college and university studies, regardless of the outcome of enrollment, must be sent directly from the home institution to the NursingCAS. These documents become the property of the NursingCAS and will not be returned to the applicant. Applicants are responsible for any fees required by NursingCAS for their services.
    2. Supplemental Application submitted directly to the DNP Office at the USA College of Nursing. This application requires a non-refundable processing fee of $100.00, a Personal Goal Statement, and a résumé /CV documenting clinical experience.
  3. Students are admitted to a specialty track and may not change their track without permission.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted twice a year, and must adhere to the following application deadlines:

  • Fall Semester Deadline is February 15
  • Spring Semester Deadline is July 15

Academic Progression Policy

Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program. Students in these programs can have a maximum of two Cs. A maximum of two (2) courses with a grade of "C" can be counted towards a degree; however, only one (1) "C" is permitted in support or specialization courses. If a second "C" or lower is earned in a support or specialization course, the course in which the second "C" or lower is obtained must be repeated before a student may move forward with a specialty course. All corresponding specialty clinical and didactic courses must be taken in sequence. A student earning a third "C" or lower will be academically dismissed from the program. A student earning two grades of "F" in the program will be academically dismissed. The final outcome of the DNP Project Planning and Development course and the Progression course is “Successful/ Unsuccessful.” Any term in which a graduate student drops below a 3.0 Program GPA, the student is placed on probationary status and has a period of two terms to attain a 3.0 Program GPA or be dismissed. A student who has been academically dismissed is not eligible for readmission to the DNP program and is not eligible for admission to the MSN program. 

DNP Residency Coursework Policy

The DNP Residency Coursework includes the DNP Project Planning and Development, Residency I, Residency II, and Residency III. Students who do not meet all requirements in a course must complete a DNP Progression Course prior to moving forward with the next course in the DNP Residency progression.

Graduation Information

The program must be completed in five years of matriculation for the MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Bridge to DNP Executive Nursing Administration Pathway. Each candidate for the Doctor of Nursing practice degree must submit an application for the degree the semester preceding their anticipated graduation through the Registrar's Office. See the University Calendar for specific deadlines.   Deadlines for each semester application are located on the Registrar’s website at

https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/registrar/commencement/index.html.

College of Nursing Administrative Staff (251) 445-9400
Dean Heather Hall
Associate Dean for Research Faculty Development, and Evaluation Sharon Fruh
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Katherine Bydalek
Assistant Dean Academic Affairs  Leigh Minchew
Director of the DNP Program Casey Elkins
Director of Special Projects & Evaluation Rebecca Graves
Professors L. Chilton,  C.. Dolan, S. Fruh, J. Gunn, H. Hall, J. Harris,  E. VandeWaa, J. Varner
Associate Professors K. Bydalek,  C. Elkins, K. Hamilton, T. Harlan, T. Huey, P. Johnson, S. Lawrence, A. Marass, K. McCoy, T. McMullan, L. Minchew, C. Myers, M. Nadler, J. Pittman, B. Riley, D. Swanzy, T. Wright
Assistant Professors A. Adams, J. Anderson, M. Baker, C. Baughn, E. Bentley, M. Bolton, A. Bowan, H. Breazeale, C. Butler,  A. A. Campbell, A. Calvert Campbell, C. Cheese, K. Cheshire, N. Clark, D. Copeland, N. Curtis, L. Dailey, A. Davis, W. Davis, A. Gilligan, R. Graves, M. Guy, L. Hammonds, S. Harlan, S. Harris, H. Horton, T. Huey, P. Huffman,  C. Jackson, P. Johnson,  L. Jones, K. Jordan,  M. Korn, B. Lang, A. Lewis, C. Lewis, J. Lollar, C. Lynch,  J. Miller, T. McMurtrey, T. Meyer, K. Miller, S. Montgomery, E. Moore, J. A. Otts, K. Pancione, T. Platt, W. Powell, D. Reed, S. Scott, J. Sellers,  T. Sikes-Doggett, K. Stauter, W. Stuart, T. Sturm, R. Thomas,  C. Thompson-Ferrell, M. Thread, A. Townsend, N. Turnham, N. Walls,  S. G. Williams, A. Younce
Research Assistant Professors Candice Selwyn
Senior Instructors S. Bertolla, C. Herf, M. Meyer
Instructors B. Baker,  T. Brown,  J. Cockrell,  K. Cooper, L. Emley, A. Holley, D. Hutto, S. James, R. Johnson, s. McMicken, B. Mosley, K. Norris, C. Pierce, L. Speirs, E. Rimmer,  C. Taylor,  S. Waweru, B. Woodmansee
Department Chair, Adult Health Nursing Theresa Wright
Department Chair, Community/Mental Health Nursing Todd Harlan
Department Chair, Maternal/Child Health Nursing Leigh Minchew
Director, Academic Advising Mary Phillips
Academic Advisors Jennifer Bouvier,  Katelyn Foster, Leigh Holland, Camry McCants, Brenda Mosley,  Kristyn Seawell, Suzan Williams
Academic Records Specialists Lisa Brock, Kristen Dykes
Clinical Placement Advising and Assessment Coordinator Kimberly McLean-Mundy
Clinical Affiliation Coordinators Elizabeth Collier, Shari Lord, Yolanda Mack

College of Nursing website
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/con/

The College of Nursing is dedicated to the education of professional nurses who provide the highest quality health care to the communities they serve. The practice of nursing is both an art and a science; the focus of nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems.

The College of Nursing has two locations, one is on the USA main campus, and the other is on the USA Baldwin County campus in downtown Fairhope. The resources of the University, the USA Hospitals and clinics, and the numerous clinical agencies provide excellent opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and skills essential for professional nursing.

Mission

The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide quality innovative educational programs to a diverse student body, to participate in research and scholarly activities, and to provide service to the University, the profession, and the public. The College accomplishes this by providing a caring, engaging environment for the empowerment of student learning potential, the professional development of faculty, and the promotion of the nursing profession.

Goals

  1. Cultivate a caring, innovative, and engaging environment to facilitate teaching, learning, scholarship, and service.
  2. Deliver innovative quality nursing programs that meet the needs of a diverse student body and other communities of interest.
  3. Promote the discovery, communication, and preservation of knowledge through scholarly activities and leadership.
  4. Provide service to the University, the profession, and the public.
  5. Develop community partnerships to promote nursing and the enhancement of the health care delivery system using interprofessional approaches.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing and the baccalaureate, master's program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education:

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Student Responsibility

While the University of South Alabama will endeavor to provide timely and accurate advisement, it is the responsibility of the student to know and satisfy the degree requirements of the academic program, to be aware of the University calendar,
http://www.southalabama.edu/academiccalendar/index.html and to understand and comply with University academic policies and procedures.

Degrees Offered

The College of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Certificates Offered

Post-Graduate Certificates are awarded to students completing planned programs of study in a nursing specialty area and subspecialty areas.