Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-MSN)Advanced Practice Track

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Why Choose Our Program?

The Post-Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) was designed for RNs and APRNs who already possess a graduate nursing degree, to earn a terminal degree that will allow them to work at the highest level of the nursing profession as a Certified Nurse Practitioner. The Advanced Practice Track is designed for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses looking to enhance their advanced practice specialties with a clinical focus on individuals and populations.

  • Students can begin the Post-MSN DNP program in any s​emester and follow a set progression in which they take one to two courses per semester
  • Most students graduate within two to three years of starting this program 
  • Faculty mentors work with students individually throughout the Doctoral project phase of the program
If you do not yet have a master's degree, you may be interested in our BSN-DNP degree program, which offers a Family Nurse Practitioner Cognate.

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About the Program

There are only 3 visits to campus required during the program, and students will have the option to choose to live-stream instead. Students are required to attend program orientation, a DNP project orientation, and their final project defense. All course orientations and classwork are conducted online utilizing video conferencing.


All Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Leadership students are required to complete the following coursework:

Core Curriculum

  • NUR 610 -  Information Systems and Technology of Advanced Practice 
  • NUR 630 - Epidemiology and Biostatistics 
  • NUR 652 - Evidence-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 Hours 

Advanced Practice Courses

  • NUR 600 - Organizational Theory, Health Care Management, and Finance
  • NUR 620 - Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning and Treatment II
  • NUR 640 - Clinical Manifestations of Disease Process and Emerging Therapies

How to Apply

  • Completed JU Application
  • Unofficial transcripts from Colleges and Universities with All Nursing Coursework
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Intent
  • Copy of current RN or APRN license
  • A background check will be requested of students participating in clinical practice
  • The following may be requested of students with a GPA of 3.3 or below:
    • GRE/GMAT scores
    • Letters of Recommendation

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Contact Information Keigwin School of Nursing

Phone: (904) 256-7000

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