Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare nurses at the highest professional level of nursing practice and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving healthcare outcomes for diverse populations. Role preparation for graduates may be as transformational nurses leaders or primary care providers in family (FNP), mental health (PMHNP), and surgical (CRNA) care settings. Each of the programs prepare students to care for patients across the lifespan.

The BSN – DNP advanced practice 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), the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FNP), or the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA).

All didactic courses are online with one campus visit per semester and students complete practicum requirements in their own community or nearby communities. 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 healthcare leadership and serves as the doctoral project experience.

 

Leadership in Nursing BSN-DNP

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare nurses at the highest professional level of nursing practice and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving healthcare outcomes for diverse populations. The Leadership in Nursing BSN to DNP prepares transformational nurse leaders who efficiently administrate and manage complex health systems, evaluate and use evidence to improve outcomes, and strategically develop and manage human capital.

The curriculum includes leadership role, ethics, health care law, human resources, policy, politics, economics, accounting, management, marketing, finance, population health, epidemiology, and evaluation of evidence.

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

 

Emphasis Areas with Sample Course Sequencing:

  
DNP TrackDNP Leadership Track

  

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.
  • 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.