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Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice track prepares nurses with the necessary skills and knowledge to assume the role of primary health care provider in a variety of settings.

SU Nursing offers a BSN-to-DNP track and a Post-Master’s DNP.

BSN-to-DNP graduates will be prepared to practice as an FNP or PMHNP, and will be eligible to sit for the FNP or PMHNP certification exam. The BSN-to-DNP degree requirement is 78 semester hours for FNP and PMHNP, with a required grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students may earn no more than of 2 Cs in core courses. The clinical practicum requirement for this track is approximately 1000 clock hours.

The Post-master’s student may complete the program in 20 months part-time.

DNP programs are currently offered with the following concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Here are a few other key points about the program:

  • Cohorts are established in August.
  • The application deadline for priority consideration is May 1.
  • All classroom courses are on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Clinical placement is arranged by faculty and will be scheduled at the convenience of the facility hosting the student.

 

Curriculum Requirements

DNP-FNP Curriculum requirements

 

Admissions

Graduate Nursing Program Application Packet 

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree with a GPA of 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended or from which credit was received
  • Copy of your current nursing license
  • Three letters of recommendation – forms included in application packet 
  • Documentation of 2080 hours of clinical experience – form included in application packet
  • Resume form – form included in application packet
  • Essay – see page 12 of supplemental application for requirements
  • Interview require

Effective January 2013, Shenandoah University Division of Nursing requires evidence of proficiency of English for applicants whose native language is not English. All applicants from outside the United States and whose first language is not English must submit official copies of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Applicants should request official scores be sent to the Shenandoah University (SU) Graduate Admissions office; the SU code is 5613.

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