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Doctor of Nursing Practice

National studies, professional organizations, and accrediting bodies have emphasized the need for advanced practice nurses to be doctorally prepared and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is recognized as the terminal degree for advanced practice nurses. Advanced practice nursing is the provision of expert nursing care that influences healthcare outcomes for individuals or populations. This expert nursing care includes the provision of direct care management and indirect care such as nursing administration, executive leadership, systems organization, informatics, and population health.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares diverse healthcare professionals who are collaborative providers and leaders in the delivery of high quality, accessible, culturally-competent and compassionate care.

Applications for Summer

Contact a graduate nursing advisor at [email protected] or (334) 244-3527 with questions or for more information.

Admission Requirements

The CONHS School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program:

Hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree

Hold an earned Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in Advanced Practice Nursing from a program accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing(ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Registered Nurse License

Evidence of an unencumbered registered nurse license in applicant’s state with license number to practice.

Current Professional Resume

Include the following:

  • Educational background including institutions, degree(s) awarded, degree(s) in progress, dates of degree(s) awarded, and/or anticipated date of receiving degree(s), if applicable.
  • Relevant employment history, including:
    • Job title (including unit), job description, and relevant duties performed for each position
    • Employment dates of each position
    • Location of employer for each position
  • Community service or volunteer experience
  • Any awards, publications, presentations, certifications, and professional organization memberships
  • Evidence of leadership and career progression

Personal Statement

The personal statement should address:

  • Career goals after attaining a DNP degree
  • Reflection on candidate’s plan for success in the DNP program

Official Transcripts

From all colleges or universities attended, including community colleges, even if a degree was not awarded.

  • Minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for both the nursing courses and overall GPA

Three Professional References

Reference form will be provided after applying. Examples of professional references:

  • A current clinical supervisor or nurse manager who has direct knowledge of the candidate’s skills in the clinical setting and how those skills will translate into the Doctor of Nursing Practice role.
  • A professor, faculty member, or academic advisor who can provide a meaningful assessment of the candidate’s academic record. If the candidate has been out of school for five years or more, a nurse educator or clinical instructor can provide the academic recommendation.
  • A practicing clinical nursing professional, or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), who has served as a mentor and can address the candidate’s abilities as a registered nurse and the candidate’s potential to achieve a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required if English is not the first language

Auburn University Montgomery TOEFL code is 1036. Please see admission requirements for AUM Graduate Studies for International students under Admission Graduate Studies International Students for further information.

For More Information

Please contact the Academic Advisor and Recruiting Manager at 334-244-3527 or [email protected].

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