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Doctorate of Nursing Practice

The fully online Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program caters to the busy professional and offers most courses within a convenient 8-week format. Within 6 short semesters, you can achieve a practice-focused terminal nursing degree with advanced competencies. This capstone degree enables you to practice healthcare at the highest levels possible.

What you’ll study.
Problems need relevant solutions, and you will study evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking in the D.N.P. program. Learn about turning complex research into real applications in courses such as biostatistics, epidemiology, and evidence based practice.

Four D.N.P. capstone courses allow you to develop expertise in your chosen area of interest, and this full-immersion experience will inspire you for a lifetime. A final capstone project summarizes your selected healthcare problem and the solutions you have discovered.

How you’ll learn more.
Experienced faculty members are very accessible and responsive to your specific needs as an advanced learner. They facilitate collaboration and innovative techniques for grasping and implementing current best practices. Your choice of a D.N.P. capstone area means that you will discover real solutions that apply directly to your practice.

Where it can take you.
The complex and demanding field of healthcare needs new, thoughtful leaders to share their knowledge and to improve the system for the next generation of nurses. The Doctor of Nursing Practice prepares true scholars who can apply the latest knowledge for the best possible healthcare outcomes. The D.N.P. program gives curious and confident professionals the time and the framework necessary to explore today's critical issues.

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.

Application Procedures Winter 2015 and Fall 2015 Entering Classes

Beginning October 15, 2014, the D.N.P. program will be participating in the centralized application service NursingCAS.

  1. The NursingCAS application information may be obtained

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS application will be August 1 for the Fall admission. The NSU Application for the Fall admission must be completed no later than August 1.

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS application will be December 10 for the Winter admission. The NSU Application for the Winter admission must be completed no later than December 10.

  1. Sending supporting documents to NursingCAS.

    All official college transcripts from undergraduate, graduate, and professional institutions attended must be sent to NursingCAS directly from the institutions attended.

    Send all transcripts to:

    P.O. Box 9201
    Watertown, Massachusetts, 02471

    Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

    World Education Services
    Bowling Green Station
    P.O. Box 5087
    New York, New York 10274-5087

    Josef Silny and Associates
    2nd Avenue
    (305) 273-1616
    (305) 273-1338 fax

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    P.O. Box 514070
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
    (414) 289-3400

    It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by- course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

    • Two evaluations/references must be completed by individuals other than relatives (suggested sources are professors, academic advisers, clinical or nonclinical supervisors or community associates) and sent directly to NursingCAS.
    • Submit a writing sample (use APA 6th edition formatting, including headings for each section) directly to NursingCAS. Include the following information in your statement:

      Doctor of Nursing Practice

      • Discuss the differences and similarities between the D.N.P. another doctoral degrees available to nurses. What influenced you to select the D.N.P.? ( Refer to the AACN website)
      • Discuss the importance of evidence-based interventions as part of the D.N.P. curriculum.


      • Discuss your personal and professional goals related to the D.N. P.
      • What is your area of clinical specialization? Discuss your academic and work experience related to this specialization.

      Personal Qualities

      • Discuss the personal attributes that qualify you as an exceptional candidate for our program.
      • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  2. Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete a NSU application, which is available online. 
  3. Upload official documentation of all supervised, post baccalaureate practice hours from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited school to your NSU Application.
Documentation must be from the program director of the previous post baccalaureate program and include the following information on university letterhead:
  • date
  • applicant's full name
  • university name and department
  • contact information for follow up, if necessary
  • program director's signature
  • date and title of degree earned
  • specialization earned and total number of preceptor-verified clinical experience hours


Tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year (subject to change by the board of trustees without notice) is $865.00 per semester credit hour.

There are a number of Florida and hospital grants available for the Nursing student. Additionally, student loan interest for nursing students is lower than for students seeking other degrees. The Financial Aid Office is eager to assist you to explore all possible financial aid options.

DNP Fees
Semester Credit Hour: $865.00
One Time Application Fee: $50.00
One Time Acceptance Fee: $500.00
HPD General Access Fee: $145.00
NSU Student Service Fee: $1050.00
Extra Fees: See Below
  • One Time Application Fee - $50: This fee is non-refundable and is required with each application.
  • One Time Acceptance Fee - $500: This fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant's place in the entering first-year class. This advance payment will be deducted from the tuition payment due on registration day, but is not refundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of an applicant's acceptance.
  • Health Professions Division General Access Fee - $145: may be required each year.
  • NSU Student Services Fee - $1050 (Effective July 1, 2012) is required annually. The fee is pro-rated for part-time students. ( Split between 3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)
  • Extra Fees - Students will incur additional cost such as; Books, FNSA dues, uniforms, lab coat and Graduation Costs.
  • Background Checks: The College pays for the first background check per student any additional background check will be funded by the student.
  • All tuition charges and fees are subject to change by the board of trustees without notice.

The first semester's tuition and fees, less than the $200 previously paid (Acceptance Fee), are due on or before registration day. Tuition for each subsequent semester is due on or before the appropriate registration day. Students will not be admitted until their financial obligations have been met. The financial ability of applicants to complete their education at the college is important because of the limited number of positions available in each class. Applicants should have specific plans for financing 60 Semester Hours of professional education. This should include tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses.

Each student is required to carry adequate personal medical and hospital insurance. Students may purchase Student Health Insurance for NSU Students through the University. Students who have adequate personal medical and hospital insurance may waive the Health insurance by filling out the Student Health Insurance Waiver.

Course Number Course Title Credits
NSG 7300 DNP Roles, Collaboration, and Communication 3
HPH 7300 Biostatistics I 3
NSG 7131 Epidemiology and Population Health Care 3
NSG 7400 Nursing Science for Clinical Practice 3
NSG 7350 Leading in Complex Healthcare Systems 3
NSG 7500 Translating Evidence for Clinical Practice 3
NSG 7135 Healthcare Information Systems and Outcomes Management 3
NSG 7120 Health Care Policy 3
NSG 7430 Capstone I: Mentored Scholarship 3
NSG 7440 Capstone II: Project Plan 3
NSG 7441 Capstone III: Implementation 3
NSG 7450 Capstone IV: Evaluation 3

Total Core Course Credits: 36

  1. Implement and evaluate nursing practice, including innovative approaches, based on scientific knowledge.
  2. Assume organizational and system leadership in the analysis, delivery, and management of nursing care.
  3. Critique and selectively translate science to guide clinical decision making, practice standards, and program development.
  4. Appraise and utilize current technologies to advance the quality and accessibility of care.
  5. Evaluate and influence healthcare policy and systems.
  6. Employ skills in effective communication, collaboration, consultation and leadership to create change that will improve patient and population health outcomes.
  7. Demonstrate expertise in developing, implementing and evaluating clinical prevention and population health activities within contemporary society.
  8. Assume specialized roles in advanced clinical practice.

D.N.P. graduates are required to complete 1,000 practice hours, post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Students may be required to complete additional practicum hours in order to meet the 1,000-hour requirement. Students will work with an advisor to plan their individual program of study. Hours from a master's degree credited toward these practice hours must be verified by the university where the student completed the degree. See admissions requirements for instructions on documentation of practice hours.

Other Requirements

  1. Completion of all program requirements for the degree with a B or higher
  2. Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  3. Completion of all degree requirements within five years
  4. Satisfaction of all financial requirements within the university