The BS to DNP is a program for the Registered Nurse who has completed a Bachelor’s
degree in Nursing and wishes to progress rapidly and seamlessly to a doctoral degree.
Those enrolled in this program are not awarded the MSN degree. This program is primarily
a face-to-face program with some online courses. Students are required to register
for and attend a DNP seminar on campus each fall until completion of their program.
(Nurse Educator, DNP/MBA, and Lifestyle Medicine emphases are completely online)
Students entering the BS to DNP program bypass the MSN degree and have no requirement
for experience at the time of entry into the program. It is expected that they will
have achieved a minimum of two years (4,000 hours) of nursing experience prior to
beginning DNP practicum courses. The BS to DNP has a primary emphasis of the student’s
choice and requires either a secondary emphasis or elective hours to meet the 77-hour
Any student wishing to complete clinical experiences outside the State of TN must
verify that State is a member of NC-SARA and seek permission from that State Board
of Nursing. Clinical placements in some States may not be able to be accommodated
due to specific State Board of Nursing regulations.
Eligibility and prerequisites
Bachelor’s Degree: A bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited program
Undergraduate GPA: A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
Statistics course: An undergraduate or graduate course in statistics
RN licensure: Current RN licensure in your state or location of residence
All application steps are to be fully completed by the dates listed.
Transcripts: Submit official college and university transcripts. Many institutions subscribe to
the convenient transcript-request service at National Student Clearinghouse, or you may also contact your institution directly. Have your transcripts sent to
Melodie Lopez in the Graduate Studies office (email@example.com). If you earned your prerequisite degree at Southern, you do not need to complete
Recommendations: Submit three recommendation forms—one academic and two from a clinical setting. This should be done as part of the online application process, orDownload form
Written statement: Write a statement describing your purpose and goals for pursuing this degree. Your
statement should be thoughtfully written to demonstrate your writing skills. It should
be submitted through your Application Status Page.
Applicants from non-English institutions must submit certified English translations
and evaluations of official university records, including demonstration of the equivalency
of a bachelor's degree. Transcript evaluations must be submitted directly to Southern from one of the following
Applicants from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate English proficiency. Unless an applicant is a native English speaker or received the college/university
degree from an English-medium institution, s/he must have a minimum TOEFL score of
100. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. Learn more at ets.org/toefl »
Submit Declaration of Finances. International students must have financial resources sufficient to support themselves
for the calendar year, in addition to an international-student deposit of $3,000 (USD).
To be issued an I-20 Form, students must also provide a letter from financial sponsors
(including their name and address), as well as copies of bank statements for the last
three months showing the balance history for the student's account or the financial
International students who will be coming to Southern's campus need some additional
information about travel documents and living on campus.
I am here to help if you have any questions about applying to the programs or enrolling.
I'm the one who keeps track of all the forms and certifications you are required to
have, so let me know if you get stuck. You are welcome to email or call for information
about everything from admission to graduation. I look forward to meeting you and working
NOVEMBER 12 Registration Opens for W19 19 Thanksgiving Break [19-25] 23 Last Day to Order December Graduation Regalia 27 Graduate Students Christmas Party
DECEMBER 10 Book Buy Back 10 Semester Exams [10-13] 12 DNP Scholarly Project 13 Winter Commencement, 7p Iles 14 Christmas Break
JANUARY 6 MSN Orientation for New Students 7 Winter Semester Begins 11 Begin Ordering Graduation Regalia 11 Campus Shop Last Day to Return Textbooks 13 Outdoor Education Intensive 21 Community Service Day, MLK Day 22 Campus Shop Book Buy Back 28 Student Week of Prayer