BSN–DNP Nurse Practitioner

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare advanced-practice nurses at the highest professional level of nursing practice and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care outcomes for diverse populations. Role preparation for nurse practitioners may be as primary care providers in family (FNP) and mental health (PMHNP) care settings. Both the FNP and PMHNP program prepares students to care for patients across the lifespan.

The BSN – DNP nurse practitioner programs require 7 semesters of full time study including summers. Our NP programs are fully aligned with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Competencies for Nurse Practitioners and the APRN Consensus Model. Upon completion of the NP programs, graduates are eligible to obtain APRN Board certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (FNP or PMHNP) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FNP).

All didactic courses are online with one campus visit per semester and students complete clinical requirements in their own community or nearby communities across Mississippi. The DNP curriculum includes the development and implementation of a DNP project. This scholarly project is designed to synthesize scholarship in an advanced practice specialty or an area of health care leadership and serves as the doctoral capstone experience.


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 Admission Requirements

  • Completed application to The University of Southern Mississippi Graduate School and College of Nursing.
  • Graduate from a baccalaureate or master's program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for the most recent nursing degree.
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections and an analytical writing score of 3.0).
  • Current unrestricted Mississippi RN license or current unrestricted multistate RN license from a compact state
  • Curriculum vitae or professional résumé.
  • At least one year of recent clinical experience
  • Submission of three (3) letters of reference from individuals (doctoral-level nursing individuals preferred) familiar with the applicant's academic/professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant's capability for doctoral study)
  • Cover letter of introduction and a personal statement of interest in the program
  • TOEFL or IELTS if International applicant.
  • Completion of an approved advanced graduate statistics course achieving a grade of B or higher within the past 5 years.