Frequently Asked Questions

BSN to DNP Program:

Is this program Online?

The BSN to DNP program is campus based and taught primarily in the classroom although as students progress into the doctoral level courses, the program is mostly online. The first two years students will be on campus one day per week (Tuesdays) and the last two years, the schedule will mimic the post-master's DNP where students come to campus only 1-3 times per 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 11 semesters, or just under four years. This program can be done at an accelerated pace resulting in completion in 9 semesters or 3 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 77 hours for the BSN to DNP (FNP), 74 hours for the BSN to DNP (Educational Leadership) and 71 hours for the BSN to DNP (Executive 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.

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 to attend courses in person approximately 1-3 times per semester in the evenings, but this varies from course to course.

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?

Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $600 per credit hour. 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.

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

For the BSN to DNP

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.