Take Your Nursing Career to the Next LevelBSN-DNP

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Why Choose Our Program?

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP) program is a dynamic program that prepares nurses for leadership positions in multiple domains of healthcare. Students are prepared with the skills necessary to impact health outcomes and transform healthcare delivery. Graduates leave this program ready to begin a career at the top of their profession, with the knowledge of disciplines including nursing, economics, informatics, education, and health policy. The BSN-DNP is a terminal degree that prepares nurses in the application of research to clinical nursing practice at the highest individual, population, and systems levels.

What We Offer:

  • The BSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner cognate is for BSN nurses who wish to pursue graduate education as an Advanced Practice Nurse and complete the DNP degree concurrently.
  • The BSN-DNP Leadership cognate is for BSN nurses who wish to pursue careers in leadership positions within the healthcare system.
  • The BSN-DNP Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner cognate is for BSN nurses who wish to pursue their DNP degree and specialize in the treatment of adults with critically complex and acute episodic illnesses.
  • The BSN-DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner cognate will help BSN students, who wish to obtain their DNP, demonstrate critical thinking and decision-making skills in evaluating the health of individuals and families suffering from mental health issues.

If you have already earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), you may be interested in our Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).


Virtual Information Session

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and an admissions counselor to ask questions about our curriculum and admissions process.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024

3:00 p.m.

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Become A Leader in Family MedicineAbout Our Program


All Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students are required to complete the following coursework:


  • NUR 514 - Nursing Leadership and Advanced Roles
  • NUR 520 - Nursing Theory and Research II
  • NUR 610 - Info Sys & Tech of Advanced Practice
  • NUR 630 - Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • NUR 652 - Evidenced Based Practice I
  • NUR 660 - Ethics in Clinical Practice
  • NUR 670 - Leadership and Health Policy
  • NUR 690 - Evidence Based Practice II
  • NUR 702 - DNP Practice Project
  • NUR 703 - DNP Residency

In addition to the BSN-DNP Core, all BSN-DNP students will complete one of the following cognates:

BSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner cognate 

  • Students who select the BSN-DNP/FNP cognate will take 70 credit hours post BSN degree. BSN-DNP/FNP students must complete 1000 total clinical and residency hours prior to awarding this degree and the student practicum and residency courses assure this requirement is met. 

BSN-DNP Leadership cognate 

  • Students who select the BSN-DNP/Leadership cognate will take a minimum of 59 credit hours post BSN degree. BSN-DNP students must complete 1000 residency hours prior to awarding this degree.


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Discover a Modern Nursing EducationImmersive Learning in Healthcare

Dive into a unique learning experience; with Jacksonville University's Keigwin School of Nursing. Students will be immersed in experiential learning utilizing virtual reality labs, telepresence robots, simulation scenarios, and research, giving them first-hand knowledge of patient care.

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Immersive Learning in Healthcare

My name is Amber Santos and I am the Director of Innovation and Quality. And what that just means, is that part of my job is to bring [in] innovative active learning into our curriculum. It’s important for a nursing school to continually evolve. We can’t just do the status-quo type of learning and education that we’ve always done. We need to evolve as a school, and part of that is bringing in the technology needed for today’s students in today’s healthcare. 

We’re seeing VR explode in the training industry for a lot of different reasons. We started looking at software that’s out there for the nursing program. There’s actually a surprising number of products that tailor to this type of experience, training nurses and other medical professions. Share Care U has excellent graphics that lets you go inside the human body and see different parts of anatomy and physiology, and then a few others [that] provide simulation experiences where you’re actually in the hospital next to a patient conducting procedures. 

Virtual Reality is an immersive learning tool that we use, and once they put on those goggles they’re literally immersed into that environment. So, we can talk in the classroom about plaque buildup in our arteries and atrial sclerosis, but when they get into that VR world, this immersive world, they get to actually see it and they get to interact with it. [So] they can see how the blood flows through a vessel and how over time, plaque builds up. And then they can also click a box and see how a stent is placed into the vessel. So, it really just immerses them, and it provides a deeper level of learning and understanding. 

My name is Melissa McCray and I am the Student Success Specialist and an assistant professor with the Keigwin School of Nursing. What helps nursing students be successful in nursing school is the use of technology; that’s really a key component. What we are seeing more and more, is very tech-savvy nursing students and that’s great because when you’re in the field of nursing, technology is being introduced every day. And so it’s important that those students are educated in our nursing programs to use some of this technology and interact with that technology. Like I can spin the lungs. Sorry, I’, geeking out a little, there are a lot of secondary benefits from the type of learning we’re providing to our students. It can be just them being a little bit more familiar with the technology, so when they see it in the healthcare setting, and they see a telepresence robot rolling down the hall of the facility they’re working in, they will already have seen that and they will understand how to interact with that and communicate. They will also understand that even though that’s a telepresence robot that could be a family member on the other end, so they still have to have that caring spirit of a nurse. And part of that is worked into our simulations so that they understand that while technology is a wonderful thing, it can never replace the impact a nurse can have. The caring part of what we do. 

How to Apply

  • Completed JU Application
  • Unofficial Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended with All Nursing Coursework & Nursing Degrees
    • If the candidate attended a college or university abroad, an official NACES evaluation of that transcript is required. Choose the course-by-course evaluation with the GPA option.
  •  A minimum 3.3 undergraduate nursing GPA on a 4.0 scale is required
    The following may be requested of students with a GPA of 3.3 or below
    • GRE/GMAT scores
    • Letters of Recommendation
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited program and CCNE, NLN, or ACEN accredited program
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae 
  • One year of critical experience is required (if applying to the AGAC program)
  • Statement of Intent
  • Virtual Interview (if applying to a nurse practitioner track)
  • Active U.S. Nursing License
    • Out-of-state applicants must be eligible for endorsement in Florida
    • International students must hold a current license from a U.S. state and be eligible for endorsement in Florida.
  •  All international students whose first language is not English are required to submit proof of their proficiency in English, by providing scores for either: IELTS or TOEFL. If submitting score reports, they must be sent directly to Jacksonville University from the testing institutions.

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