Go Above and Beyond

You are still in your way, but you're still hungry for more. With drive and dedication displayed in your nursing career, there's no limit to what you can accomplish.

Realize your full potential as you achieve the ultimate nursing status at NSU. The fully online Doctorate of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) will not only work for you, but you will also be able to practice advanced-level nursing with advanced competencies in only 5 short semesters.

Guided by our experienced and accessible faculty, you'll study evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems-thinking to turn complex research into real applications. With four project courses and one final project course, you'll find your passion and develop expertise in a full-immersion experience that inspires you for a lifetime.

Become a thoughtful leader, share your knowledge and improve the health care system for the next generation of nurses. As a Shark, you'll create a legacy.

Why Earn a Nursing Degree at NSU?

Quick Facts


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This degree program is 36 total credits to complete.

Application Deadlines

Applications for admission are accepted online. The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and supplemental NSU applications for fall admission is August 1 and December 9 for winter admission.

Delivery Options

For students enrolling in the Doctor of Nursing program, curriculum is delivered fully onlineAll doctoral students are required to attend a 3-day intensive Summer Institute at NSU's Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus.

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D.N.P. Curriculum

Semester I
NSG 7300
D.N.P. Roles, Leadership, Collaboration (NSG 7300 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7400
Nursing Science for Clinical Practice (NSG 7400 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7020
Healthcare Policy and Advocacy (NSG 7020 / Credits: 3 )
Semester II
NSG 7350
Leading in Complex Healthcare Systems (NSG 7350 / Credits: 3 )
NSG 7131
Epidemiology and Public Health (NSG 7131 / Credits: 3 )
*NSG 7431
Project I: Mentored Scholarship (3 credits didactic / 2 credits project) (*NSG 7431 / Credits: 5 )
Semester III
NSG 7135
Healthcare Information and Systems Outcomes Management (NSG 7135 / Credits: 3 )
*NSG 7444
Project II: Project Plan (2 credits didactic / 2 credits project) (*NSG 7444 / Credits: 4 )
Semester IV
NSG 7040
Biostatistics (NSG 7040 / Credits: 3 )
*NSG 7445
Project III: Implementation (1 credit didactic / 2 credits project) (*NSG 7445 / Credits: 3 )
Semester V
*NSG 7451
Project IV: Evaluation (1 credit didactic / 2 credits project) (*NSG 7451 / Credits: 3 )
Students entering the program without a M.S.N. but have an M.S. in a closely related field (Bridge)
**NSG 7299
Transition to D.N.P. (**NSG 7299 / Credits: 6 )

* Require 150 Practicum Hours

**Students who enter the D.N.P. program without a M.S.N. but have a M.S. in a closely related field will only be allowed to enter the program in August. They will be required to enroll in the bridge course NSG 7299 in the first semester of admission to the program.

A student must have 500 clinical hours obtained in their M.S. program and verified by the Program Director prior to starting NSG 7431 Project I. If a student does not have 500 clinical hours to apply from the M.S. program, the student will be enrolled in NSG 7442 Project Matriculation until the 500 hours are met. Each NSG 7442 requires 250 clinical hours and is 2 credits. A student may need to enroll in one or two NSG 7442 courses to meet the required 500 clinical hours. in this case, the student total credits will be 38-40 credits.

For a full list of all course descriptions, visit coursewizard.nova.edu.

Ready for the Next Step?

Here's how to apply. Nursing students must submit the NursingCAS application.

The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS.

NursingCAS allows applicants to use a single online application and one set of materials to apply to multiple programs at participating schools. It is used for document verification but does not take part in the student selection.

The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round.

Submit a NursingCAS Application

Submit your NursingCAS application online.

Submit Transcripts to NursingCAS

Request all official transcripts from all previously attended institutions to be sent directly to NursingCAS.

P.O. Box 9201

Watertown, Massachusetts 02471

International Applicants 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.

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

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.

Complete the Supplemental NSU Application

Once the NursingCAS application is completed, you should complete the supplemental NSU Application online.

Once all applications and documents have been received, the application will be processed and reviewed.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Nova Southeastern University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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