The MSN to DNP degree program is offered for nurses with a Master in Nursing who have
a national advanced practice certification as a nurse practitioner (NP), nurse anesthetist
(NP), nurse midwife (NMW), or clinical nurse specialist (CNS). This program educates
advanced nurse clinicians for expert practice in leadership and clinical roles. This
doctoral-level educations provides nurses the clinical and management expertise to
improve health care outcomes, making them expert collaborators in solving health care
problems in systems.
This track is 37 credit hours and may be completed in full-time or part-time study,
allowing the opportunity to work while attending school. The program is approved by
the Georgia Board of Regents as a web-based program with one or two Augusta campus
The DNP curriculum for the Post-Masters DNP students integrates synchronous and asynchronous
online didactic instruction that is reinforced through the students DNP projects.
The DNP core courses provide the foundation of health care policy, evidence-based
practice, leadership and systems management that prepares the advanced practice nurse
to deliver optimal care in the ever-changing health care environment.
DNP VS PHD
CURRICULUM (FULL-TIME) CURRICULUM (PART-TIME) CLINICAL HOURS CERTIFICATION FORM
- Online learning
- Attend full time or part time (and work while you attend school)
- Interactive web-based classes taught by experienced online instructors
- Capstone/practice project completed in your area of expertise
- Opportunity to study with faculty who are practice experts
- Scientific/Social/Psychological Foundation: Integrates and applies nursing and foundational sciences to effectively practice in
complex, evolving healthcare systems
- Safe Quality Care Within Healthcare Systems: Analyze and effect quality outcomes in healthcare system
- Evidenced Based Practice/Research: Improve healthcare outcomes with application of evidence in the healthcare environment
- Health Care Technology/Informatics: Analyzes and facilitates the use of information systems/ technology to monitor and
improve patient care outcomes and healthcare systems.
- Health Care Policy: Analyzes the multiple levels of policy to advocate for issues which have actual or
potential impact on nursing and healthcare outcomes.
- Interprofessional Collaboration/Communication: Employs strategies to lead develop and contribute toward productive interprofessional
teams for the improvement of healthcare outcomes.
- Population Health: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, synthesize and apply theory, models, and research
to impact health care of diverse populations.
- Professional Practice: Utilizes the competencies of an advanced practice expert to design, implement and
evaluate evidence based care within specialty.