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Doctor of Nursing Practice »

Emphases

  • Lifestyle Therapeutics
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner–Adult/Gerontology
  • Acute Care Specialization

This is an online program. Learn more »

Master's Degrees

Master of Science in Nursing
Dual degree MSN/MBA in Health Care Administration
Accelerated RN to MSN program
Post-Master's Certificates

Emphases

  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner—Adult/Gerontology
  • Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Educator (also available completely online)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Online Classes

For information about taking classes online and for a list of available courses, visit Online Campus or call 423.236.2087.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program

  • Minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0

  • Undergraduate or graduate course in statistics (3 credit hours)

  • Current RN licensure in your state/location of practice

  • Acute Care and Acute Care Specialization—applicants must possess current advanced-practice certification and licensure.

  • Work experience as an RN or NP. 
A minimum of one year (2,000 hours) is generally expected. Acute-care applicants must document acute care skills set.

 

Admission process

All application steps are to be completed by May 1.

  1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

  2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

  3. Submit three recommendation forms—one academic and two from a clinical setting. Download PDF »

  4. Submit a narrative statement describing your purpose and goals.

  5. Submit a curriculum vitae.

  6. Submit a scholarly writing sample, such as a previous graduate-level paper.

  7. Interview with faculty member(s)—scheduled when all other documents have been received.

 

International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

 

Once you are accepted

  • After you receive notification of acceptance, we must have documentation of satisfactory outcomes on the following items:

    • Physical exam  PDF »
    • Background check PDF »
    • Drug screen
    • Current immunizations (to be maintained throughout DNP program) PDF »
    • CPR/BLS certification (to be maintained throughout DNP program)

  • Master of Science in Nursing

    Prerequisites

    • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program

    • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0

    • Undergraduate or graduate course in statistics (3 credit hours)

    • Current RN licensure in the state or country of practice

    • A minimum of two years (4,000 hours) of current nursing experience. Acute care nurse practitioner program applicants should have substantive experience in critical care or a related area and submit documentation of critical care skill set with application.

     

    Admission process

    All application steps are to be completed by May 1 for fall admission (October 1 for winter).

    1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

    2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

    3. Submit two recommendation forms. Download PDF »

    4. Submit a written statement describing your purpose and goals for pursuing this degree.

    5. Submit your current resumé.

    6. Interview with faculty member(s).

     

    Once you are accepted

  • After you receive notification of acceptance, we must have documentation of satisfactory outcomes on the following items:

    • Physical exam  PDF »
    • Background check PDF »
    • Drug screen
    • Current immunizations  PDF »
    • CPR/BLS certification

  •  

    International Students

    Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

     

    RN to Master of Science in Nursing

    Prerequisites

    • Associate’s degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited program

    • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25
    • Completion of general education and cognate requirements for the BSN, or an approved plan.
      • Chemistry: Survey of Chemistry, 3 hours
      • Computer: Literacy/skills, 3 hours
      • Communication: Public speaking, 3 hours
      • English: Composition, 3 hours
      • History: Elective, 3 hours
      • General: Hist./gov./econ., philosophy, humanities, fine arts, lang., or lit., 3 hours
      • Religion: Elective, 3 hours
      • SOCI 349—Aging and Society, 3 hours
      • RELT 373—Christian Ethics, 3 hours
      • PEAC 225—Fitness for Life, 1 hour

    • Current RN licensure in the state or country of practice

    • A minimum of two years (4,000 hours) of current nursing experience. Acute care nurse practitioner program applicants should have substantive experience in critical care or a related area and submit documentation of critical care skill set with application.

     

    Admission process

    All application steps are to be completed by May 1 for fall admission (October 1 for winter).

    1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

    2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

    3. Submit two recommendation forms. Download PDF »

    4. Submit a written statement describing your purpose and goals for pursuing this degree.

    5. Submit your current resumé.

    6. Interview with faculty member(s).

     

    Once you are accepted

  • After you receive notification of acceptance, we must have documentation of satisfactory outcomes on the following items:

    • Physical exam  PDF »
    • Background check PDF »
    • Drug screen
    • Current immunizations  PDF »
    • CPR/BLS certification

  •  

    International Students

    Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

     

    MSN/MBA

    Prerequisites

    • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program

    • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0

    • Undergraduate or graduate course in statistics (3 credit hours)

    • Current RN licensure in the state or country of practice

    • A minimum of two years (4,000 hours) of current nursing experience.

     

    Admission process

    All application steps are to be completed by May 1 for fall admission (October 1 for winter).

    1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

    2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

    3. Submit two recommendation forms. Download PDF »

    4. Submit a written statement describing your purpose and goals for pursuing this degree.

    5. Submit your current resumé.

    6. Submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test taken within the past five years. Applicants meeting either of the following criteria may be admitted without the GMAT score:

      • An undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, and minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA degree of 3.25.
      • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 with five years of full-time business-related management experience.

    1. Interview with faculty member(s).

     

    Once you are accepted

  • After you receive notification of acceptance, we must have documentation of satisfactory outcomes on the following items:

    • Physical exam  PDF »
    • Background check PDF »
    • Drug screen
    • Current immunizations  PDF »
    • CPR/BLS certification

  •  

    International Students

    Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

     

    Post-master's Certificates

    Prerequisites

    • Master's degree in nursing from an accredited program

    • Minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0

    • Undergraduate or graduate course in statistics (3 credit hours)

    • Current RN licensure in the state or country of practice

    • A minimum of one year (2,000 hours) of current nursing experience. Acute care nurse practitioner program applicants must have a minimum of two years (4,000 hours) of nursing experience and have substantive experience in critical care or a related area and submit documentation of critical care skill set with application.

     

    Admission process

    All application steps are to be completed by May 1 for fall admission (October 1 for winter).
    1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

    2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

    3. Submit two recommendation forms. Download PDF »

    4. Submit a written statement describing your purpose and goals for pursuing this degree.

    5. Submit your current resumé.

    6. Interview with faculty member(s).

     

    Once you are accepted

  • After you receive notification of acceptance, we must have documentation of satisfactory outcomes on the following items:

    • Physical exam  PDF »
    • Background check PDF »
    • Drug screen
    • Current immunizations  PDF »
    • CPR/BLS certification 

  •  

    International Students

    Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »

     

     

    MSN degree student in assessment lab    

    Questions?

    Email or call for information about everything from admission to graduation. 

    Diane Proffitt
    MSN Enrollment Counselor

    dproffit@southern.edu
    423.236.2957


    Graduate Faculty

    Susan Allen, DNP
    Associate Professor of Nursing

    DNP and MSN, Azusa Pacific University
    MA, Eastern Michigan University
    BSN, Andrews University

    susanallen@southern.edu
    423.236.2967

    Ronda Christman, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    BS, MA, MSN, and PhD, Andrews University
    AS, Southern Adventist University

    rchristman@southern.edu
    423.236.2153

     

    Bonnie Freeland, DNP, FNP
    Associate Professor of Nursing

    DNP and MSN, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
    BS, Southern Adventist University

    freeland@southern.edu
    423.236.2968

     

    MSN-Master's degree in nursing faculty Holly Gadd

    Holly Gadd, PhD, FNP
    Graduate Program Coordinator and Professor of Nursing

    PhD, Texas Woman’s University
    FNP, Midwestern State University
    MSN, Loma Linda University
    BS, Andrews University

    hgadd@southern.edu
    423.236.2961

    MSN-Master's degree in nursing faculty Jaclynn Huse

    Jaclynn Huse, PhD
    Professor of Nursing

    PhD, University of Northern Colorado
    MSN, Southern Adventist University
    BSN, Southern Adventist University

    jhuse@southern.edu
    423.236.2987

    Barbara James, DSN
    Dean and Professor of Nursing

    DSN, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    MSN, University of Texas at Arlington
    BS, Southern Adventist University

    bjames@southern.edu
    423.236.2942

    MSN-Master's degree in nursing faculty Frances Johnson

    Frances Johnson, DNP, NNP
    Professor of Nursing

    DNP, Rush University
    MS, Andrews University
    BS, University of Texas at Arlington

    francesj@southern.edu
    423.236.2973

    Michael Liedke, DNP, ACNP-BC
    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    DSN, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    MSN, Emory University
    BS, Southern Adventist University

    maliedke@southern.edu
    423.236.2942

    Lilly Tryon, DNP
    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    DNP, Southern Adventist University
    Post-Master’s Certificate, Southern Adventist University
    MSN, Drexel University, Phiadelphia

    ltryon@southern.edu
    423.236.2154


     

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