Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Advance your nursing career with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from JSU Nursing. Our Post-Master’s DNP track is a leadership track with a focus on advanced clinical practice, leadership, informatics and technology, quality indicators and outcomes improvement, and translation of evidence to practice in health care delivery. Additionally, JSU Nursing offers two BSN-DNP options (FNP and AGACNP). Explore how you can make an impact in your community with an advanced degree from JSU Nursing! 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a terminal degree in nursing that prepares Registered Nurses (RNs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to practice at the highest level of the profession.

JSU Nursing offers three Doctor of Nursing Practice tracks:

  • BSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track - (12 semesters or 15 semesters)
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) track - (12 semesters or 15 semesters)
  • Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) track - (6 semesters) *
Doctor of Nursing Practice

* Track for nurse professionals who already have an MSN degree with approximately 500 clinical practice hours in the completed master’s program which can be validated in writing by that program administrator. These students may or may not be nurse practitioners, but they must have completed a master’s degree with a clinical focus. The Post-Master’s DNP track is a leadership track with focus on advanced clinical practice, leadership, informatics and technology, quality indicators and outcomes improvement, and translation of evidence to practice in healthcare delivery.

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Post-Masters DNP
Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission
  2. BSN degree from an accredited institution
  3. Unencumbered RN license in the U.S.
  4. Overall GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale
  5. No additional qualifying exam (GRE, MAT)
  6. Three professional references
  7. Professional interview may be required
  8. Satisfactory writing sample

Graduates of the FNP track are academically qualified to meet the eligibility requirements to take the Family Nurse Practitioner Examination sponsored by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPBC) and/or the Family Nurse Practitioner Examination sponsored by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Family Nurse Practitioners also are licensed by the states in which they practice and are subject to the rules and regulations of that state’s practice act.

Graduates of the AGACNP track are academically qualified to meet the eligibility requirements to take the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Examination sponsored by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and/or the ACNPC-AG Examination sponsored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners also are licensed by the states in which they practice and are subject to the rules and regulations of that state’s practice act.

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission.
  2. Master’s degree from an accredited institution with a clinical focus validating 500 practice hours, including, but not limited to, certified nurse practitioners.
  3. Unencumbered RN license in the U.S.
  4. Overall GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale
  5. No additional qualifying exam (GRE, MAT)
  6. Three professional references
  7. Professional interview may be required
  8. Satisfactory writing sample

* Please contact Tammy Johnson (tjohnson@jsu.edu) or Leah Stuart (lstuart@jsu.edu) if you do not reside in the state of Alabama before applying to the university.

For more information contact:

Ms. Tammy Johnson, BS, MPA
Director of Academic Advisement and Certification
(800) 231-5291
(256) 782-5423
e-mail: tjohnson@jsu.edu

Leah M. Stuart
Administrative Coordinator
(256) 782-5423
e-mail: lstuart@jsu.edu

State Approval of Online Programs:

We strive to provide quality nursing education to a wide network of current and future healthcare providers. Each state has its own process for approving out-of-state distance education programs. All JSU Nursing programs may not be available in all states. Please contact us for more information about availability of JSU distance education programs in your state. NOTE: Currently, only residents of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee are eligible for application consideration in our nurse practitioner (BSN-DNP) tracks. Other prospective students considering the RN-BSN, MSN, or post-Master’s DNP should contact:

Tammy Johnson (tjohnson@jsu.edu) (256) 782-8489
Leah Stuart (lstuart@jsu.edu) (256)782-5423

*The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Jacksonville State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.