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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice


  • 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)

  • Why a DNP?

    You'll be qualified. Today’s complex healthcare environment requires the highest level of scientific knowledge and practical expertise to assure the best patient outcomes. Like other health professions, nursing is transitioning to doctoral preparation for entry into advanced practice.


    Southern advantages

    The DNP at Southern is a practical alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. We are preparing nurses and nurse practitioners for leadership roles in advance-practice settings. The program emphasizes advanced clinical practice, research application, and evaluation of practice and care-delivery models. Knowledge and skills are enhanced through practical courses and relevant clinical experiences.


    Choose from three emphases: 

    • Lifestyle Therapeutics (39 hours) focuses on wholeness, prevention of disease, and promotion of health and healthy lifestyles—all of which are consistent with biblical teaching. View required courses »
    • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner—Adult/Gerontology (42 hours) prepares the nurse practitioner to care for patients with acute, complex, and critical health problems. This emphasis prepares graduates for ACNP—Adult/Gerontology national certification. View required courses »
    • Acute Care Specialization (38 hours) prepares the certified acute-care nurse practitioner for an expanded role in an area of special interest (without new certification). View required courses »


    How the program works

    The DNP is a post-master’s degree for nurses and nurse practitioners. It is a primarily online program with three short campus visits, and may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

    Students complete most of the course work, the clinical practicum, and a scholarly project at home and in the current work environment (or other convenient setting) to meet personal and program objectives.


    Learn what financial resources are available »


    For more information, please call 1.800.SOUTHERN and ask for Graduate Studies.