Doctor of Nursing Practice

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How the DNP program works

The DNP is an online program, primarily, which includes three short campus visits and may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. As a student, you can complete most of the coursework, the clinical practicum, and a scholarly project at home and in your current work environment (or other convenient setting).

The DNP program offers campus-based nurse practitioner options and online options for nursing education, lifestyle medicine, and the DNP/MBA program. All programs may be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis.

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.

Don't have an MSN yet? The BS-to-DNP program is designed for you »

Eligibility and prerequisites

Post-master's option

  • Master’s degree:  A master's in nursing from an accredited program
  • Graduate GPA:  A minimum cumulative graduate 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
  • Work experience: A minimum of two years (4,000 hours) of work as a registered nurse or nurse practitioner
  • Acute-Care emphasis:  Provide verification of your current advanced-practice certification and licensure and documentation of your acute-care skills set.

Application deadlines

All application steps are to be fully completed by the dates listed.

Term U.S. Residents International
Fall April 1 March 1
Winter October 1 August 1

Admission process

  1. 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 (malopez@southern.edu). If you earned your prerequisite degree at Southern, you do not need to complete this step.
  2. Recommendations: Submit three recommendation forms—one academic and two from a clinical setting. This may be done as part of the online application process, or Download form
  3. 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 may be uploaded to your application status page or submitted via email to grad@southern.edu, or malopez@southern.edu.
  4. Curriculum vitae: Submit a curriculum vitae. Upload to your application status page or email to grad@southern.edu, or malopez@southern.edu.
  5. Writing sample:  Submit a scholarly writing sample, such as a previous graduate-level paper, and email it to grad@southern.edu.
  6. Interview:  Schedule an interview with faculty member(s) by emailing jlthompson@southern.edu. Interview dates: Fall 2017 options are March 31 and April 28, 2017; Winter 2018 options are September 22 and 29, 2017; and Fall 2018 options are March 30 and April 27, 2018.
  7. For the DNP/MBA, submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). With approval, applicants may be admitted without the GMAT if they have:
    • An undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution with a minimum GPA of 3.25
    • OR a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 with five years of full-time business-related management experience

Once you are accepted

Before you enroll, we need acceptable documentation of these items. Email all documents to jlthompson@southern.edu.

International students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are considered international students and must meet additional requirements for admission.

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    1. 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 agencies:
    2. 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 »

    3. 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). Download Form
      • 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 sponsor's account.

International students who will be coming to Southern's campus need some additional information about travel documents and living on campus.

  • View more information for international applicants

    • Form I-20:  After all qualifying documentation is received, Southern Adventist University issues a letter of acceptance and the Form I-20. The letter and form must be presented to the U.S. consular officer when applying for a student visa. Only students approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service for attendance at Southern may enroll.
    • On campus:  International students are encouraged to arrive on campus two weeks prior to the beginning of classes. They should contact the international student adviser as soon as they arrive. Graduate Studies must be notified if there is any change in the arrival date after admission has been granted. Individuals with student visas are required to be enrolled in a full course study (a minimum of nine graduate credit hours) during the school year.
    • Employment:  International students with an F-1 Student Visa may work on campus, provided that employment is available and provided that the student is enrolled in a full course of study and is making progress to the completion of a degree. On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session and 40 hours per week during university vacation days.
    • When you are ready to travel: International students should not leave their homeland until they have in their possession:
      1. An admission letter of acceptance from Southern Adventist University
      2. Form I-20 issued by Southern Adventist University
      3. A valid passport
      4. A valid F-1 Student Visa to travel to the United States
      5. Sufficient funds for the first year at Southern Adventist University

 

Course guide

Select an emphasis:

Acute Care—Adult/Gerontology NP

Acute Care—Adult/Gerontology Emphasis

Acute Care Specialization Emphasis

Lifestyle Medicine Emphasis

MBA Healthcare Administration Emphasis

Nurse Educator Emphasis

Primary Care—Adult/Gerontology NP Emphasis

Primary Care—Family NP Emphasis

Primary Care—Psychiatric Mental Health NP Emphasis

PREREQUISITES FOR STUDENTS SEEKING NP CERTIFICATION hours
  NURS 520 Health Promotion 2
  NURS 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
  NURS 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3
  NURS 555 Advanced Health Assessment 4
DNP CORE COURSES hours
  NURS 705 DNP Seminar 0-1
  NURS 716 Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Advance Practice 4
  NURS 722 Genetics and Environment in Disease 3
  NURS 810 Scholarly Project Development 1
  NURS 815 Scholarly Project Progression 2
  NURS 820 Scholarly Project Implementation 3
  NURS 825 Scholarly Project Evaluation 3
    DNP Core Total: 16
EMPHASIS IN Acute Care—Adult/Gerontology hours
  NURS 640 Primary Care of Adults I 3
  NURS 645 Practicum I: Primary Care of Adults 4
  NURS 650 Primary Care of Adults II 3
  NURS 657 Acute Care Concepts and Skills I 3
  NURS 659 Acute Care Concepts and Skills II 3
  NURS 671 Practicum I: Adult/Gerontology Acute Care 3
  NURS 673 Practicum II: Adult/Gerontology Acute Care 3
  NURS 685 Advanced Practice Role Development 1
  RELT 540 Christianity and Ethics in Professional Practice 3
    Acute Care—Adult/Gerontology Emphasis Total: 26
ELECTIVES hours
Choose any NURS courses. The ones listed below are required if not taken at the master's level:
  NURS 512 Healthcare Technology in Advanced Practice 2
  NURS 527 Theory and Research for Advanced Practice 4
  NURS 535 Christian Leadership and Management 2
  NURS 540 Healthcare Policy, Economics and Finance 3
    Electives Total (Minimum): 6
  TOTAL HOURS   48
DNP CORE COURSES hours
  NURS 705 DNP Seminar 0-1
  NURS 716 Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Advance Practice 4
  NURS 722 Genetics and Environment in Disease 3
  NURS 810 Scholarly Project Development 1
  NURS 815 Scholarly Project Progression 2
  NURS 820 Scholarly Project Implementation 3
  NURS 825 Scholarly Project Evaluation 3
    DNP Core Total: 16
EMPHASIS IN Acute Care Specialization hours
  NURS 570 Emergency and Disaster Management 2
  NURS 761 Acute Care Specialization I 2
  NURS 762 Acute Care Specialization II 2
  NURS 783 Practicum I: Acute Care Specialization 2
  NURS 784 Practicum II: Acute Care Specialization 2
  RELT 540 Christianity and Ethics in Professional Practice 3
    Acute Care Specialization Emphasis Total: 13
ELECTIVES hours
Choose any NURS courses. The ones listed below are required if not taken at the master's level:
  NURS 512 Healthcare Technology in Advanced Practice 2
  NURS 527 Theory and Research for Advanced Practice 4
  NURS 535 Christian Leadership and Management 2
  NURS 540 Healthcare Policy, Economics and Finance 3
    Electives Total (Minimum): 11
  TOTAL HOURS   40
PREREQUISITES FOR STUDENTS SEEKING NP CERTIFICATION hours
  NURS 520 Health Promotion 2
  NURS 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
  NURS 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3
  NURS 555 Advanced Health Assessment 4
DNP CORE COURSES hours
  NURS 705 DNP Seminar 0-1
  NURS 716 Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Advance Practice 4
  NURS 722 Genetics and Environment in Disease 3
  NURS 810 Scholarly Project Development 1
  NURS 815 Scholarly Project Progression 2
  NURS 820 Scholarly Project Implementation 3
  NURS 825 Scholarly Project Evaluation 3
    DNP Core Total: 16
EMPHASIS IN Lifestyle Medicine hours
  NURS 728 Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine 2
  NURS 732 Health Coaching 2
  NURS 733 Practicum: Health Coaching 1
  NURS 735 Lifestyle Strategies for Psychosocial Health 2
  NURS 738 Natural Adjuncts for Health Healing 2
  NURS 744 Exercise Modalities for Lifestyle Change 3
  NURS 746 Nutritional Approaches to Disease Prevention and Management 3
  NURS 748 Lifestyle Management of Chronic Disease 3
  NURS 751 Practicum: Lifestyle Medicine 2
  RELT 540 Christianity and Ethics in Professional  3
    Lifestyle Medicine Emphasis Total: 23
ELECTIVES hours
Choose any NURS courses. The ones listed below are required if not taken at the master's level:
  NURS 512 Healthcare Technology in Advanced Practice 2
  NURS 527 Theory and Research for Advanced Practice 4
  NURS 535 Christian Leadership and Management 2
  NURS 540 Healthcare Policy, Economics and Finance 3
    Electives Total (Minimum): 5
  TOTAL HOURS   48
PREREQUISITES FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN UNDERGRAD EQUIVALENTS hours
  ACCT 505 Financial Accounting 3
  ACCT 505 Principles of Finance 3
DNP CORE COURSES hours
  NURS 705 DNP Seminar 0-1
  NURS 716 Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Advance Practice 4
  NURS 722 Genetics and Environment in Disease 3
  NURS 810 Scholarly Project Development 1
  NURS 815 Scholarly Project Progression 2
  NURS 820 Scholarly Project Implementation 3
  NURS 825 Scholarly Project Evaluation 3
    DNP Core Total: 16
MBA COURSES hours
  BUAD 505 Management in a Changing World 3
  BUAD 510 Accounting for Control and Decision Making 3
  BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior 3
  BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 3
  BUAD 562 Integrating Faith and Business 3
  BUAD 570 Strategic Decision Making 3
  HADM 532 Healthcare Economics and Finance 3
  HADM 552 Marketing and Human Resources 3
    MBA Total: 24
EMPHASIS IN HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION hours
  BEXM 505—Post Master's Legal Framework of Decisions 3
  HADM 530 Healthcare Administration 3
  NURS 638 Advanced Nursing Leadership and Role Development 3
  NURS 654 Practicum: Advanced Nursing Leadership 2
  NURS 785 Advanced Leadership 4
    Healthcare Administration Emphasis Minimum Total: 15
  TOTAL HOURS   55
PREREQUISITES hours
  NURS 520 Health Promotion 2
  NURS 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
  NURS 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3
  NURS 555 Advanced Health Assessment 4
DNP CORE COURSES hours
  NURS 705 DNP Seminar 0-1
  NURS 716 Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Advance Practice 4
  NURS 722 Genetics and Environment in Disease 3
  NURS 810 Scholarly Project Development 1
  NURS 815 Scholarly Project Progression 2
  NURS 820 Scholarly Project Implementation 3
  NURS 825 Scholarly Project Evaluation 3
    DNP Core Total: 16
EMPHASIS IN Nurse Educator hours
  EDUC 531 Technology and the Educator 3
  NURS 621 Nursing Curriculum Design 3
  NURS 631 Classroom Instruction and Evaluation 3
  NURS 641 Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 2
  NURS 643 Educator Role Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 3
  NURS 648 Clinical and Simulation Instruction in Nursing 3
  RELT 540 Christianity and Ethics in Professional Practice 3
    Nurse Educator Emphasis Total: 20
ELECTIVES hours
Choose any NURS courses. The ones listed below are required if not taken at the master's level:
  NURS 512 Healthcare Technology in Advanced Practice 2
  NURS 527 Theory and Research for Advanced Practice 4
  NURS 535 Christian Leadership and Management 2
  NURS 540 Healthcare Policy, Economics and Finance 3
    Electives Minimum Total: 6
  TOTAL HOURS   42
PREREQUISITES FOR STUDENTS SEEKING NP CERTIFICATION hours
  NURS 520 Health Promotion 2
  NURS 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
  NURS 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3
  NURS 555 Advanced Health Assessment 4
DNP CORE COURSES hours
  NURS 705 DNP Seminar 0-1
  NURS 716 Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Advance Practice 4
  NURS 722 Genetics and Environment in Disease 3
  NURS 810 Scholarly Project Development 1
  NURS 815 Scholarly Project Progression 2
  NURS 820 Scholarly Project Implementation 3
  NURS 825 Scholarly Project Evaluation 3
    DNP Core Total: 16
EMPHASIS IN Primary Care—Adult/Gerontology NP hours
  NURS 556 Family and Community Systems 2
  NURS 640 Primary Care of Adults I 3
  NURS 645 Practicum I: Primary Care of Adults 4
  NURS 650 Primary Care of Adults II 3
  NURS 655 Practicum II: Primary Care of Adults 4
  NURS 661 Geriatric Primary and Long-term Care 3
  NURS 664 Practicum: Geriatric Primary and Long-term Care 2
  NURS 685 Advanced Practice Role Development 1
  RELT 540* Christianity and Ethics in Professional Practice 3
    Primary Care—Adult/Gerontology Emphasis Total: 25
ELECTIVES hours
Choose any NURS courses. The ones listed below are required if not taken at the master's level:
  NURS 512 Healthcare Technology in Advanced Practice 2
  NURS 527 Theory and Research for Advanced Practice 4
  NURS 535 Christian Leadership and Management 2
  NURS 540 Healthcare Policy, Economics and Finance 3
    Electives Total (Minimum): 7
  TOTAL HOURS   48
PREREQUISITES FOR STUDENTS SEEKING NP CERTIFICATION hours
  NURS 520 Health Promotion 2
  NURS 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
  NURS 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3
  NURS 555 Advanced Health Assessment 4
DNP CORE COURSES hours
  NURS 705 DNP Seminar 0-1
  NURS 716 Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Advance Practice 4
  NURS 722 Genetics and Environment in Disease 3
  NURS 810 Scholarly Project Development 1
  NURS 815 Scholarly Project Progression 2
  NURS 820 Scholarly Project Implementation 3
  NURS 825 Scholarly Project Evaluation 3
    DNP Core Total: 16
EMPHASIS IN Primary Care—Family NP hours
  NURS 556 Family and Community Systems 2
  NURS 640 Primary Care of Adults I 3
  NURS 650 Primary Care of Adults II 3
  NURS 662 Primary Care of Children 3
  NURS 665 Practicum I: Primary Care of Families 5
  NURS 670 Practicum II: Primary Care of Families 5
  NURS 685 Advanced Practice Role Development 1
  RELT 540 Christianity and Ethics in Professional Practice 3
    Primary Care—Family NP Emphasis Total: 25
ELECTIVES hours
Choose any NURS courses. The ones listed below are required if not taken at the master's level:
  NURS 512 Healthcare Technology in Advanced Practice 2
  NURS 527 Theory and Research for Advanced Practice 4
  NURS 535 Christian Leadership and Management 2
  NURS 540 Healthcare Policy, Economics and Finance 3
    Electives Total (Minimum): 7
  TOTAL HOURS   48
PREREQUISITES FOR STUDENTS SEEKING NP CERTIFICATION hours
  NURS 520 Health Promotion 2
  NURS 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
  NURS 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3
  NURS 555 Advanced Health Assessment 4
DNP CORE COURSES hours
  NURS 705 DNP Seminar 0-1
  NURS 716 Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Advance Practice 4
  NURS 722 Genetics and Environment in Disease 3
  NURS 810 Scholarly Project Development 1
  NURS 815 Scholarly Project Progression 2
  NURS 820 Scholarly Project Implementation 3
  NURS 825 Scholarly Project Evaluation 3
    DNP Core Total: 16
EMPHASIS IN Primary Care—Psychiatric Mental Health NP hours
  COUN 521 Psychopathology 3
  COUN 556 Theories and Techniques of Counseling 3
  COUN 561 Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3
  COUN 582 Clinical Practicum I 1
  COUN 583 Clinical Practicum II: Clinical Mental Health Counseling 1
  COUN 593 Child and Adolescent Problems and Treatment 3
  NURS 612 Neuroscience for Mental Health Practitioners 3
  NURS 615 Psychopharmacology 2
  NURS 624 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Seminar 1
  NURS 651 Practicum I: Psychiatric Mental Health Care 3
  NURS 653 Practicum II: Psychiatric Mental Health Care 4
  NURS 685 Advanced Practice Role Development 1
  RELT 540* Christianity and Ethics in Professional Practice 3
    Primary Care—Psychiatric Mental Health Emphasis Total: 31
ELECTIVES hours
Choose any NURS courses. The ones listed below are required if not taken at the master's level:
  NURS 512 Healthcare Technology in Advanced Practice 2
  NURS 527 Theory and Research for Advanced Practice 4
  NURS 535 Christian Leadership and Management 2
  NURS 540 Healthcare Policy, Economics and Finance 3
    Electives Total (Minimum): 3
  TOTAL HOURS   50

Faculty

Ronda Christman
Ronda Christman

Associate Professor
rchristman@southern.edu
423.236.2153

Bonnie Freeland
Bonnie Freeland

Adjunct
freeland@southern.edu

Holly Gadd
Holly Gadd

Professor
hgadd@southern.edu
423.236.2961

Frances Johnson
Frances Johnson

Professor
francesj@southern.edu
423.236.2973

Michael Liedke
Michael Liedke

Assistant Professor
maliedke@southern.edu
423.236.2958

Linda Peoples
Linda Peoples

Associate Professor
lindacannon@southern.edu
423.236.2968

Lilly Tryon
Lilly Tryon

Associate Professor
ltryon@southern.edu
423.236.2154

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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 with you!

Jamie Thompson

Graduate Enrollment Counselor
jlthompson@southern.edu
423.236.2957