Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-MSN)

​The Post-MSN​ DNP program is for RNs and APRNs who already possess a graduate degree in nursing and features two tracks: Advanced Practice and Leadership.

  • The Advanced Practice Track is designed for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses such as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists. In this track, students will 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.

JU is also offering a DNP-Leadership cohort for Nurse Faculty Loan Program students.

For post-master's DNP students, there are only 3 total in person requirements for the duration of the degree. Students are required to attend the start of their first semester for a program orientation, and then after this, they must return for their 700 level DNP project orientation, and their final project defense. All course orientations and classwork is conducted online or via collaborate in blackboard.

Students can begin the Post-MSN DNP program in the spring or fall term and will follow a set progression where they take one to two courses per semester.  Most students graduate in two and a half to three years of starting this program.  Graduation is dependent on when the student chooses to begin their Doctoral project and are able to complete it. 

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 

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Admission Requirements

  • Completed Application 
  • Official transcripts from colleges and universities with all nursing coursework and degrees. (including 2-year nursing degree)  If the candidate attended a college or university abroad for their MSN, an official NACES evaluation of the transcript is required.  Choose the course-by-course evaluation with the GPA option. 
  • MSN GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduation from a CCNE, NLN or ACEN accredited MSN program
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Intent. This should be a personal statement describing your reasons for pursuing an advanced degree and detailing your professional goals. The statement of intent should not exceed two pages
  • Copy of current RN license for the Leadership Cognate or a copy of your APRN license for the Advanced Practice Cognate. Out of state applicants must be eligible for endorsement in Florida. International students must hold a current license from a U.S. state and be eligible for endorsement in Florida
  • Official GRE scores of 290 or higher. The requirement of official GRE scores will be waived for all applicants who have a 3.3 or higher MSN GPA
  • A background check may be required for students participating in clinical practice. Information on the background check may need to be released to clinical agencies for permission to participate at the clinical site. If clinical placement is denied by the agency and an alternate site cannot be obtained, the student may not complete the program
  • Students whose first language is not English must also provide an official TOEFL or IELTS exam
    • Minimum internet-based TOEFL score: 79
    • Minimum paper-based TOEFL score: 550
    • Minimum IELTS band score: 6.5


Requesting Official Transcripts

Traditional/Paper Transcripts

Please use the following address to send traditional transcripts:

Jacksonville University

Attention: Graduate Admissions

2800 University Blvd. North

Jacksonville, FL 32211-3321


Electronic Transcripts

Jacksonville University partners with Parchment to receive official transcripts. We also accept transcripts from: Speede, National Student Clearinghouse, Credentials Solutions, eScript Safe, GreenLight Credentials and National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved agencies. 


Deadlines: The Keigwin School of Nursing application and all supporting documents must be received by the following deadlines:

  • Fall
    • Application period: Open
    • Application deadline: July 15
    • Classes start: August
  • Spring
    • Application period: Open
    • Application deadline: November 15
    • Classes start: January

Curriculum ​

Core Courses - Required for both Advanced Practice and Leadership Cognates

  • NUR 610 Information Systems and Technology of Advanced Practice (3 credits)
  • NUR 630 Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • NUR 652 Evidence Based Practice I (3 credits)
  • NUR 660 Ethics in Clinical Practice (3 credits)
  • NUR 670 Leadership and Health Policy (3 credits)
  • NUR 690 Evidence Based Practice II (3 credits)
  • NUR 702 DNP Practice Project (minimum of 6 credits, varies*)
  • NUR 703 DNP Residency ours (minimum of 3 credits, varies*)

Subtotal: minimum 27 credits (*varies based on student’s clinical hours earned in their MSN)

Cognate Courses - Students must complete 9 credits within their cognate

 Advanced Practice Cognate Courses

  • NUR 600 Organizational Theory, Health Care Management and Finance (3 credits)
  • NUR 620 Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning and Treatment II (3 credits)
  • NUR 640 Clinical Manifestations of Disease Process and Emerging Therapies (3 credits)

 Leadership Cognate Courses

  • NUR 602 Business of Healthcare (3 credits)
  • NUR 622 Quality Management to Improve Health Outcomes (3 credits) both tracks
  • NUR 642 Leadership and innovation (3 credits) both tracks

Program Total Credit Hours: 36 minimally (*varies based on student’s clinical hours earned in MSN and completion of DNP project)

Total Residency Hours Required: 1,000


The Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice program consists of 36-45 hours of post Master's degree credits. The number of residency hours required is based on student clinical hours obtained during their Master of Science in Nursing program.

Students must complete at least 270 clinical residency hours in the 700 level although the final number of required hours varies by student. Students may take additional residency hours during the 600 level courses to lessen the number of hours they have to complete in the 700 level courses.

​Ideally students are able to integrate their clinical practice project and clinical residency experiences when possible. The clinical practice project provid​es opportunities to explore methods for giving meaning to a clinical issue or improving patient health or outcomes in a given area of specialization.

Students with a non-nursing master’s degree may be considered for the post-graduate DNP program on an individual basis.

Graduate students can expect to pay a student fee ranging from $700 to $1800 depending upon program.  The fee is due upon matriculation and the student will receive a breakdown of services received for these fees. 

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