Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Online DNP Program
Georgia Southern University’s Post-MSN APN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree prepares students to provide the highest level of nursing care to individuals and communities. Consistently ranked among the top nursing colleges in the nation, Georgia Southern University’s School of Nursing provides one of the few DNP programs in Georgia.
Our eight-semester online program provides full-time APNs with the flexible schedules they need to earn a terminal degree. A Post-B.S.N. to D.N.P. is also available. Both require synchronous and asynchronous activities.
The training curriculum includes:
- Direct care of individual patients
- Management of care for individuals and populations
- Administration of nursing systems
- Development and implementation of health policy
Nursing Education Certificate
To address the critical shortage of doctorate-level nurses and university nursing faculty members, Georgia Southern University is moving graduate nursing education to a new standard. The DNP degree is the practice-focused alternative to the research-based PhD in Nursing, and it allows students an opportunity to pursue teaching opportunities. With additional coursework in education and pedagogy, the DNP cognate can prepare graduates to teach in schools of nursing, preparing students to provide high-quality patient care.
To pursue teaching, in addition to learning the highest level of nursing care and science, students can do the following:
- Complete additional coursework in four education cognates to complete a certificate in education prior to graduation
- Become eligible to sit for the National League of Nursing (NLN) Nursing Education certificate by completing three cognate courses and the NLN-required teaching hours
The DNP program builds on Georgia Southern’s outstanding record in graduate nursing education. The University’s graduate nursing programs have been ranked by U.S. News and World Report in recent years.
Our Family Nurse Practitioner program, which provides the foundation for the DNP, is recognized as a model graduate program by the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties. Today, graduate programs in the School of Nursing boast a sustained 99 percent pass rate on certification exams.