ENTRY TERM: Fall 2023
APPLICATION DEADLINE: extended to May 22, 2023

Application Fees (non-refundable): 

Nursing CAS:  $80

Please submit your 
NursingCAS application first. Once your application has been verified by NursingCAS, you will be notified from AU’s Office of Academic Admissions to set up your AU applicant portal to submit your AU Supplemental Application and pay the Supplemental Fee of $25.


Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made.

Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.


The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Form I-20 for F-1 student status or Form DS-2019 for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status cannot be issued by Augusta University for enrollment in this online program per U.S. immigration regulations. Questions? Please email International & Postdoctoral Services Office at ipso@augusta.edu

NursingCAS Application


Contact Us

Michelle Cox - Henley, DNP
Program Leader 

Debbie Weaver

Program Contact
(706) 446-3129 


Program Overview

Admission Requirements

A minimum overall Nursing GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on ALL undergraduate and graduate nursing courses attempted. 

Minimum of a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited college or university. A Bachelor of Science (BSN) and / or a master’s in a non-nursing health related field (such as MPH, MHA) will be considered on a case by case basis. 

All official transcripts are required from ALL universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to NursingCAS. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, NursingCAS will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org.

An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement.

As part of the online NursingCAS application process, applicants provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their referees. Referees should be individuals qualified to critically assess the applicant's prior academic (usually college professors), employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience (clinical or research supervisor/manager) and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant's potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected. Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email notification directing him/her to the online site where he/she can complete the reference form and submit his/her letter of recommendation.

None are required for this program.

English proficiency exam scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English and who do not qualify for an English proficiency exam waiver per the criteria listed below. Augusta University will accept official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test (IELTS) exam scores. Official exam scores must be taken within 2 years of the date of application. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

  • TOEFL Minimum Overall Score: 79 internet based or 213 computer based
  • IELTS Minimum Overall Band Score: 6.5

English Proficiency Exam Waiver Criteria: An English proficiency exam will be waived for applicants to graduate programs who:

  • submit proof of earning a Baccalaureate, Master’s or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university. The requirement will be waived upon receipt of the official transcript showing proof of degree
  • are citizens of countries on the approved waiver list

Please visit the International Student webpage for more information.

Program Specific Requirements and Information

Applicants also must have completed a 3 credit hour undergraduate or graduate statistics or biostatistics course with a grade of "B" or higher.     

Applicants must submit a CV or Resume that includes the date of most recent revision. This item is uploaded directly into NursingCAS.

Included within the NursingCAS application, applicants will follow instructions for creating an interview video and uploading it into a Box folder. The application packet is not considered complete until the video is received by the program. 

Included within the NursingCAS application, applicants must submit a 500 word minimum written essay. Include an overview of how the selected program will enhance your knowledge, skills and abilities in your current or future position and how you will impact healthcare outcomes.  

Note: Evidence of writing competence will be evaluated through the candidate’s prepared essay submitted with the application.

 Proof of unrestricted RN license from state where applicant is practicing at the time of application. This item is uploaded directly into NursingCAS. 

Proof of national certification as a Nurse Executive, Advanced (NE-BC / NEA-BC) by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Other national advanced leadership certifications will be considered on a case by case basis. These items are uploaded directly into NursingCAS. Applicants who are not currently certified will be considered for conditional admission and must pass the approved certification exam prior to completing 12–credit hours of DNP course work.  

 A minimum of a 1000 post-baccalaureate practice hours are required for completion of the DNP degree. Applicants who do not have sufficient clinical hours will be required to complete additional clinical hours as determined by the Program Director.

Applicants must submit the Verification of Post-Baccalaureate Clinical and Practice Hours Form (Link to form is found below) as part of the application to certify total number of clinical practice hours in previous MSN or Post-Master's Certificate program(s). Applicants who submit documentation of certification as a nurse executive that requires a Master’s degree do not need to submit the Verification of Post-Baccalaureate Clinical and Practice Hours Form 

Verification of Post-Baccalaureate Clinical and Practice Hours Form

NOTE: Post-Baccalaureate Clinic and Practice Hours: All DNP graduates must complete a total of 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice as mandated by the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing.

Minimum of one year experience in a leadership role.

NOTE: Accepted students must attend a face-to-face orientation and face-to-face defense. 

For more information, please contact the DNP Program Office at 706-721-3676 


General Information

Once all official transcripts and/or transcript evaluations have been received by the Office of Academic Admissions, overall undergraduate and/or graduate GPA's will be calculated on all work attempted in which letter grades were awarded by using the Georgia Board of Regent's standards for GPA calculations.  The AU calculation of overall GPA's will be used to determine if the minimum GPA requirements of your program are met.  Meeting minimum GPA requirements is not an indication of acceptance into the program.

The program/academic college for which you are applying will review your application and supporting documents. Interviews will be scheduled and considered, as applicable to individual programs. Taken together, the whole of your application should demonstrate substantial preparation for graduate study in the field for which you are seeking admittance. 

Upon recommendation of the program/academic college, The Graduate School will review your credentials and applicant profile and make a formal, official decision for your admittance. Official notice of your admission can only come from the Dean of The Graduate School via notification from Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions.

A clear or expunged criminal background record. Per the Augusta University Criminal Background Check Policy (Policy 4.1.7), final admission and enrollment for graduate nursing, clinical psychology, allied health in nutrition and education programs are conditional on the completion of a criminal background check with results deemed acceptable to the applicable college/program’s professional standards. Failure to complete the required background check, provide information necessary to conduct the background check, or provide false or misleading information, may disqualify applicants from final admission and matriculation into the program and University. Instructions for completing criminal background checks will be provided to applicants upon acceptance into these programs. For further information on the policy including the policy statement, reason for the policy, authorization process, process/procedures, and review process, please refer to the Applicant Criminal Background Check Policy. Additional Link: Summary of Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

According to Policy 4.3.4 of the University System of Georgia, any student requesting to pay at the in-state tuition rate will be required to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States in order to be classified as an in-state student or awarded an out-of-state tuition waiver.

The Office of Disability Services provides a variety of services and accommodations to meet the needs of disability related concerns in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act – Amended Act (2008), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Board of Regents' policies. Accommodations for students with disabilities are made on an Individual basis. For more information, please email or visit the Testing & Disability Services website.


While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with The Graduate School for recent updates.

Substitutions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.

Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.