Frequently Asked Questions

BSN to DNP Program:

Is this program Online?

The BSN to DNP program is a hybrid program. Some classes are delivered 100% in-person, some taught hybrid meeting a few times each semester, and others delivered mostly online with only occasional simultaneous online meetings all semester.

How long is the BSN to DNP Program?

The BSN to DNP program is only offered fulltime. At the traditional pace it is completed in 9 semesters, three years.

Can I work and participate in the DNP program?

We have no formal guidelines prohibiting students from working during the program. However, we do advise students that this is a rigorous program that requires a commitment of time and students should plan accordingly.

What is the minimum GPA Requirement?

A BSN GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or higher is required for the BSN to DNP

How many credit hours is the program?

The BSN to DNP program is 68 credit hours for the BSN to DNP (FNP), 60 credit hours for the BSN to DNP (Leadership).

How many clinical hours are involved?

All students in the BSN to DNP program will earn 1000 clinical/practice/residency hours during the course of the program

Do I need a BSN or can I apply with my non-nursing bachelor's degree?

A BSN from a CCNE or ACEN accredited college or university is required to apply for the BSN to DNP program.

When can I apply:

BSN to DNP students are admitted only one per year. The application deadline to both BSN to DNP tracks (FNP and Leadership) is February 1 each year.

The application deadline is February 1.

Post-MSN DNP Program:

Is this program online?

No, the DNP program is a hybrid program. However, the majority of the coursework in the post MSN DNP is completed online. Students are required on campus a minimum of 4 times during the program. Students will be on campus for program orientation, project orientation, and to defend both their project proposals and final project submission. Each semester, students are required to participate in an online course orienation that is conducted at a specified time and date. Some courses have other required meetings that are conducted online.

How long is the program?

For the post-MSN DNP, both part-time and full-time attendance is offered. The program will take approximately 2 years to complete as a full-time student, and about 3 years as a part-time student.

Can I work and participate in the DNP program?

We have no formal guidelines prohibiting students from working during the program. However, we do advise students that this is a rigorous program that requires a commitment of time and students should plan accordingly.

What is the minimum GPA requirement?

A MSN GPA of 3.3 or higher is required for the post MSN DNP

How many credit hours is the program?

The post Master's DNP program is 39-48 credit hours.

How many clinical hours are involved?

Students in the post MSN DNP may transfer in a maximum of 730 supervised clinical hours from an accredited MSN program. A minimum of 270 clinical residency hours must be completed in the DNP program, for a total of 1000 supervised clinical hours post BSN.

How much is the program?

Please refer to Student Financial Services for up-to-date tuition information. Tuition changes year by year and tuition changes usually go into effect the fall semester.

Do I need a MSN or can I apply to the post-MSN DNP with my non-nursing master's degree?

A MSN from a CCNE or ACE​N accredited college or university is required to apply for the post Master's DNP program. Applicants without CCNE or ACEN accredited MSN degrees will be considered on an individual basis.

When can I apply?

For the post-MSN DNP

  • Fall
    • Application deadline: July 15
    • All additional paperwork due July 30
  • Spring
    • Application deadline: November 15
    • All additional paperwork due November 30
  • Summer
    • Application deadline: April 15
    • All additional paperwork due April 30

Can I take classes as a non-degree or transient student?

Unfortunately, due to limited space we cannot accommodate students who are not fully admitted as JU students in the DNP program.