Frequently Asked Questions

BSN to DNP Program:

Is this program Online?

The BSN to DNP program is offered as two different cognates.

BSN to DNP-FNP cognate is a hybrid program. The 500 level NP courses are taught on campus on Tuesdays.  The 600 level courses are all online.  Students will take 500 level and 600 level courses at the same time throughout the program. 

BSN to DNP - Leadership cognate is hybrid.  500 level and 600 level classes are taught online, but the student will be required to travel to campus three times through the program.  Students will be on campus for program orientation at the start of the DNP program, DNP project orientation at the start of the semester they will begin their project, and the final defense presentation. Each semester, students are required to participate in an online course orientation that is conducted at a specified time and date. Some courses have other required meetings that are conducted online.

How long is the BSN to DNP Program?

The BSN to DNP program is only offered as full-time. At the traditional pace it can be completed in 8 semesters.  Length of time to complete can be more semesters based on how long it takes the student to complete their project. 

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.

GPA Requirement?

A minimum 3.3 undergraduate nursing GPA on a 4.0 scale.

How many credit hours is the program?

The BSN to DNP program is 70 credit hours for the BSN to DNP (FNP), 58-59 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 once per year. The application deadline to both BSN to DNP tracks (FNP and Leadership) is February 1 each year to start in the fall semester.

Post-MSN DNP Program:

Is this program online?

The DNP program is a hybrid program. However, the majority of the coursework in the post-masters DNP is completed online. Students are required on campus a minimum of 3 times total during the program. Students will be on campus for program orientation at the start of the DNP program, DNP project orientation at the start of the semester they will begin their project, and the final defense presentation. Each semester, students are required to participate in an online course orientation that is conducted at a specified time and date. Some courses have other required meetings that are conducted online.

How long is the program?

The post-masters DNP will take approximately 2 to 3  years to complete.  The timeline is up to the student and when they choose to begin their project and are able to complete that project. For the course work, students follow a set progression of classes and will take one to two classes per semester.

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-masters DNP

How many credit hours is the program?

The post Master's DNP program is 36 credit hours minimum, but can exceed this number based on how long the student takes to complete their project and their 1000 residency hours.

How many clinical hours or residency hours are involved?

Students in the post-masters DNP program may transfer in a maximum of 730 supervised clinical/practicum hours from an accredited MSN program. A minimum of 270 residency hours must be completed in the DNP program as part of the students final DNP project (3 credits of NUR 703 are required for graduation). This would yield a total of 1000 supervised clinical/practicum/residency hours post BSN.

Any hours a student has post-BSN that are evaluated and deemed sufficient can be applied towards the 1,000 hour total needed for the DNP. Students will log a minimum of 270 hours as part of their DNP project here at JU. Each student will have a different number of total residency hours to complete during their DNP, and we will communicate with student's individually to determine how many hours they need to complete and what would be the best approach to completing them.

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.