Take Your Career to the Next LevelDoctor of Nursing Practice (Post-MSN)

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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. This program features two tracks. 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. The Leadership Track focuses on executive-level skills and is suited for RNs and APRNs working within health care systems in areas such as education and administration.

  • 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 have a master's degree, you may be interested in our BSN-DNP degree program, which offers a Family Nurse Practitioner Cognate and a Leadership 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.

 Curriculum ​

DNP Core

  • 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 

Cognate Courses

 Advanced Practice Cognate 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

 Leadership Cognate Courses

  • NUR 602 - Business of Healthcare
  • NUR 622 - Quality Management to Improve Health Outcomes
  • NUR 642 - Leadership and Innovation

Additional Certifications are available for Post-Masters DNP in the following categories:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Leadership in Healthcare Systems
  • Clinical Nurse Educator

Increase Your Earning PotentialGet Ready to Take the Next Step in Your Career

Graduates of this program will be well-prepared to take on new and exciting executive and administrative roles in their career. If they choose, they will also qualify to become a nursing educator, as either a DNP or Ph.D. is required to teach at most colleges and universities.

$126,230Average salary of a DNP-educated Nurse Administrator, from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, 2018.
Terminal DegreeA DNP is one of the highest degree you can earn in the field of nursing, meaning you will be working at the very top of your profession.

How to Apply

  • Completed JU Application
  • Unofficial transcripts from Colleges & Universities with All Nursing Coursework
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Intent
  • Copy of current RN or APRN license
  • A background check will be required for students participating in clinical practice
  • The following may be requested of students with a GPA of 3.3 or lower
    • GRE/GMAT scored
    • Letters of Recommendation
Professional portrait of DNP Alumni Kara Bragg.

"At JU, I had a group of instructors who were familiar with my specialty and offered support and clinical studies in my field of study. I secured a job 4 months before graduation based on the clinical rotations and expertise that was offered to me. This allowed me the perfect venue to pursue my capstone study for my DNP."

Kara Bragg, APRN, DNPJU DNP Alumni

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