Nursing Practice (DNP) - MSN to DNP Adding a New Certification Area
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MSN to DNP Adding a new Specialization Pathway (20-26 Courses, 62-81 Credit Hours)
DNP adding Clinical Concentration (21-26 Courses, 62-81 Credit Hours)
Support Courses (3 Courses, 9 Credit hours)
Post Graduate Clinical Concentrations (6-11 Courses, 17-36 Credit hours)
DNP Core Courses (8 Courses, 24 Credit hours)
DNP Residency Courses (4 Courses, 12 Credit hours)
DNP Adding Non-Clinical Concentrations (20 Courses, 61 Hours)
Post Graduate Non-clinical Concentration (8 Courses, 25 Credit hours)
DNP Core Courses (8 Courses, 24 Credit hours)
DNP Residency Courses (4 Courses, 61 Credit hours)
Support Courses (3 Courses, 9 Credit Hours)
Post Graduate Clinical Concentrations (6-11 Courses, 17-36 Credit Hours)
Post Graduate Non-Clinical Concentration (8 Courses, 25 Credit Hours)
DNP Core Courses (8 Courses, 24 Credit Hours)
DNP Residency Courses (4 Courses, 12 Credit Hours)
12 Credit hours: Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP) Option: a.) Family NP: AHN 680, AHN 681, AHN 682, AHN 683 or
Option b.) Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP: AHN 670, AHN 671, AHN 672, AHN 673
Subspecialties (8-11 Credit Hours)
Subspecialties are elective courses students may add to the degree program.
8 Credit hours: Clinical Lipidology: HSC 595, HSC 596, HSC 597, HSC 598 May be added to Adult-Geron Primary Care NP, Adult-Geron Acute NP, Adult-Geron CNS, Family NP, Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Geron Acute NP), Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP), and Women’s Health NP.
15 Credit hours: Emergency Nurse Practitioner: NU 570, NU 571, NU 572, NU 573, NU 574, NU 575, NU 576, NU 577 May be added to Family NP, Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Geron Acute Care NP), Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP), or taken as a Post Graduate Certificate if already Family NP certified.
9 Credit hours: Palliative Care: AHN 530, AHN 531, AHN 532, AHN 533 May be added to Adult-Geron Primary Care NP, Adult-Geron Acute NP, Adult-Geron CNS, Family NP, Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Geron Acute NP), Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP), Psychiatric (Family) NP, and Women’s Health NP.
Elective Courses (1-3 Credit Hours)
MSN TO DNP ADDING A NEW CERTIFICATION
To be considered for admission to the DNP program, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States of America.
- 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.
- 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.
- Applicants to the MSN to DNP pathway must have a minimal GPA of 3.0 on all MSN work (A=4.0).
- MSN degree must be from a regionally accredited institution.
- 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.
- Submission of Health Data Forms and evidence of health insurance required upon admission.
- Admission will be contingent on a negative drug screen and results of an acceptable background check.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org; Telephone: (251) 445-9400.
- Admission to the program is limited and selective.
- Completion of Primary and Supplemental Applications is required.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students are admitted to a specialty track and may not change their track without permission.
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. When adding a new certification area, students will earn a post-graduate certificate in the process of completing the DNP.
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.
The MSN to DNP adding a new certification program must be completed in seven years of matriculation. Students in this program will receive a post-graduate certificate from the College of Nursing upon the completion of all certificate requirements. All post-graduate certificate requirements must be completed within 2 years from the semester the specialty option coursework begins. No application is required for the completion of the post-graduate certificate.
Students will only apply to graduate when they have completed all the requirements for the DNP degree.
Deadlines for each semester application are located on the Registrar’s website at
|College of Nursing Administrative Staff||(251) 445-9400|
|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|
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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.
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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.
Post-Graduate Certificates are awarded to students completing planned programs of study in a nursing specialty area and subspecialty areas.