Doctor of Nursing Practice

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The DNP at Southern is a practice focused alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. We are preparing nurses and nurse practitioners for leadership roles in advance-practice settings. Our program emphasizes advanced clinical practice, research application, and evaluation of practice and care-delivery models. Your knowledge and skills will be enhanced through practical courses and relevant clinical experiences. The DNP program may be taken on a full or part-time basis.

The DNP program at Southern Adventist University located at Collegedale, Tennessee is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404)975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the DNP program is Continuing Accreditation.

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The DNP program is designed for students with an MSN and the BS-to-DNP program is for those with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. 

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Want to learn more about the differences between the DNP and MSN and the career paths you can follow with each? Check out our blog, MSN vs. DNP: Exploring the Paths to Becoming an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

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