Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Executive Track

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Executive Track

Application Deadlines (Fall 2020 entry):

Fall Entry  -- May 15, 2020
*EXTENDED to June 15, 2020*

Application Fees (non-refundable): 
Nursing CAS $70;
Nursing CAS Supplemental Application $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

DNP, Nurse Executive Admission Requirements
(Fall 2020 Entry )

A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum overall graduate GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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

Official Transcripts
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 

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts
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: JosefSilny & 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.

Letters of Recommendation
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.

Standardized Test Requirements
Not required.

TOEFL Requirements
(if applicable)
The official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.  The TOEFL exam must be taken within 2 years of the date of application. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

The minimum scores are:
- 213 computer-based
- 79 internet-based
- 550 paper-based (PBT; prior to October 2017)
- No minimum for the revised paper-delivered test (PDT; October 2017 and later)


Personal Interview
Interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the program.

Resume or CV
Including date of most recent revision. This item is uploaded directly into NursingCAS.

Included within the 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, which will be evaluated through the candidate’sprepared essay submitted with the application and also by a written response to an essay question given during the admission interview.

Proof of current unrestricted Georgia RN license or eligibility for Georgia RN licensure is required for admission. Please upload a copy of the license directly into NursingCAS, if available.  Proof of a current unrestricted GA professional nursing license must be obtained prior to matriculation. If ineligible for licensure at time of admission, proof of an unrestricted GA nursing license is required prior to the end of the first semester. 

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. 

Verification of Post-Baccalaureate Clinical and Practice Hours
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.

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

Background Check
A clear or expunged criminal background record. Per the Augusta University Criminal Background Check Policy (Policy 4.1.7), final admission and enrollment for all graduate nursing 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 Links: Fair Credit Reporting Act and Summary of Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Proof of Lawful Presence 
In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are US Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to the Office of Admissions.

Testing and Disability Services  
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.