Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing

Elevate Your Nursing Career

Your drive and dedication have brought you this far, but there's so much more to achieve in your nursing career. At Nova Southeastern University's Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing, we believe there are no limits to what you can accomplish.

Explore what NSU's D.N.P. program can provide:

  • Fast-Track Advancement: Elevate your nursing expertise in five semesters through our fully online Doctorate of Nursing Practice program.
  • Guided Expertise: Engage with experienced faculty as you dive into evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems-thinking to turn complex research into real applications.
  • Immersive Learning: Hone your skills and passion through four project courses and a final project, immersing yourself in an inspiring learning journey.
  • Visionary Leadership: Embrace your role as a leader, sharing knowledge to enrich health care for the next generation.

As an NSU Shark, you're destined to create a legacy.

Why Earn a Nursing Degree at NSU?

A Competitive Edge
Learn from experienced nursing leaders, build professional connections, and gain skills to stand out.
More Flexibility
Our online classes provide work-life balance while ensuring professional growth.
We make your education more affordable with financial aid and scholarships.
Enhanced Skills
Equip yourself with the strategies and insights to handle leadership roles with greater expertise and confidence.

Quick Facts

Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.
This degree program required 36 total credits for completion.
Application Deadlines
Applications for admission are accepted online. The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS for fall admission is August 1 and December 1 for winter admission.
Delivery Options
Curriculum is delivered fully online for students enrolling in the Doctor of Nursing programAll doctoral students are required to attend a 3-day intensive Summer Institute at NSU's Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus.

D.N.P. Curriculum

Semester I


(NSG 7300
D.N.P. Roles, Leadership, Collaboration
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 7400
Nursing Science for Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 7020
Health care Policy and Advocacy
/Credits: 3)

Semester II


(NSG 7350
Leading in Complex Health care Systems
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 7131
Epidemiology and Public Health
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7431
Project I: Mentored Scholarship (3 credits didactic / 2 credits project)
/Credits: 5)

Semester III


( NSG 7135
Health care Information and Systems Outcomes Management
/Credits: 3)
( *NSG 7444
Project II: Project Plan (2 credits didactic / 2 credits project)
/Credits: 4)

Semester IV


( NSG 7040
/Credits: 3)
( *NSG 7445
Project III: Implementation (1 credit didactic / 2 credits project)
/Credits: 3)

Semester V


( *NSG 7451
Project IV: Evaluation (1 credit didactic / 2 credits project)
/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.
/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 7460 Scholarly Inquiry in Clinical Practice until the 500 hours are met. Each NSG 7460 requires 150 clinical hours and is 3 credits. A student may need to enroll in multiple NSG 7460 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

Ready for the Next Step?


Submit a NursingCAS Application

Submit your NursingCAS application online.


Submit Transcripts & Additional Required Documents 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.

World Education Services

Josef Silny and Associates

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.

Once your application and all 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 (