Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is 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 to diverse  populations.       

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,


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).
  • An unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to practice in the state in which the student will perform clinical activities.
  • Curriculum vitae or professional résumé.
  • 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 research or clinical research interests submitted with application.
  • Interview (face-to-face or via telephone).
  • Proof of current CPR certification, criminal background check, hepatitis, Tdap, and MMR immunizations, and TB test or titer.
  • 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.

Additional Information 


Admission Application Deadlines

March 1, May 1, September 1, or November 1


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