Nursing DNP

The 37-credit Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a post-master's option, offered in a convenient online, executive-style format designed for the busy working professional. The program can be completed in five semesters of full-time study or eight semesters of part-time study, integrating approximately four days of on-site immersion experience with online and virtual learning experiences.

Why study the DNP at Georgia College?

The DNP program at the Georgia College School of Nursing prepares students to lead health care innovations and influence policy founded on analytic principles and evidence-based practice at the highest organizational level. At Georgia College, you will forge your own intellectual path: the curriculum culminates in an intense capstone experience defined by your interests and based on your practice. You will address significant problems in real time and in your practice setting. The program offers extensive opportunities for collaboration, challenging problems for study and a tradition of rigorous scholarship.

The DNP program at the Georgia College School of Nursing prepares students to lead health care innovations and influence policy founded on analytic principles and evidence-based practice at the highest organizational level. At Georgia College, you will forge your own intellectual path: the curriculum culminates in an intense capstone experience defined by your interests and based on your practice. You will address significant problems in real time and in your practice setting. The program offers extensive opportunities for collaboration, challenging problems for study and a tradition of rigorous scholarship.

The DNP program capstone project focuses on translational and clinical research. This project provides an opportunity for the student to apply advanced theoretical policy and specialty knowledge and skills in clinical practice and systems level experiences. Each applicant has the responsibility to propose a mentored capstone project that meets individual needs and career goals during the application process.

Graduates of our DNP program enjoy a 100% employment rate after graduation. Most students are employed full time throughout the DNP program. Our alumni practice in many settings, including clinical practice, education and health care administration. 

Degree Requirements

The 37-credit Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a post-master's option, offered in a convenient online, executive-style format designed for the busy working professional. The program can be completed in five semesters of full-time study, integrating approximately two weeks of on-site immersion experience each year with online and virtual learning experiences.

The DNP program prepares students to lead health care innovations and influence policy founded on analytic principles and evidence-based practice at the highest organizational level. At Georgia College, you will forge your own intellectual path: the curriculum culminates in an intense capstone experience defined by your interests and based on your practice. You will address significant problems in real time and in your practice setting.

The program offers extensive opportunities for collaboration, challenging problems for study and a tradition of rigorous scholarship.

The DNP program capstone project focuses on translational and clinical research. This project provides an opportunity for the student to apply advanced theoretical policy and specialty knowledge and skills in clinical practice and systems level experiences. Each applicant has the responsibility to propose a mentored capstone project that meets individual needs and career goals during the application process.

Online Program and Required Trips to Campus

  • It is an online program. However, there are a limited number of mandatory trips to the Macon campus that are required. These dates are posted well in advance. 
  • Our program begins each summer with a four-day face to face immersion experience at the Macon Graduate Center (the dates for 2017 are: Tuesday – Friday, May 9 -12, 2017) enabling you to meet your faculty and fellow students. You are also provided with training that supports and encourages your successful completion of the program. Examples of topics that are covered include:
    • How to use our library system so that books and journal articles can be delivered directly to your home.
    • How to connect to your online classroom.
    • How to navigate the online learning system.
    • How to meet virtually with your classmates and faculty outside of class time.
    • How to develop an electronic portfolio of your work.
    • How to ensure that you are up to date with technology requirements.

Classes

Didactic classes are held on Thursday and are structured in a variety of formats aimed at engaging the learner and making learning possible for all students. Class formats include:

  • Synchronous interactive lecture/discussion via WebEx.
  • Asynchronous online modules and recorded lectures that can be accessed on your own schedule.

Cost of Program

For the 2017-2018 year, total tuition and fees cost is approximately $473 per credit hour, with a total of 37 credit hours in the program. Of course, small yearly increases in tuition are normal, so this figure may increase slightly for next year.  

Deadline for Applications

We accept students once per year.

  • Applications for PRIORITY CONSIDERATION are due by the 2nd Tuesday in January each year. All supplemental documentation is due at this time. Qualified applicants with complete applications will be interviewed during the first two weeks of February. Notification will be made during the first two weeks of March. 
  • We do continue to accept applications through March 1st each year, with interview dates being held mid-March. Applicants are notified of their application status by April 1st.   

The program is offered as either full-time/5 semester program or part-time/8 semesters.

See programs of study for course details.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program accepts degree-seeking students once per year and begins each year with summer semester. Students are admitted as a cohort and progress through the program together.

Admission Requirements

Apply online or mail your completed Application for Admission to the DNP program to the Graduate Admissions Office, Georgia College, CBX 107, Milledgeville, GA 31061. For information regarding the admissions process or to check on your admission status, e-mail Grad-Admit@gcsu.edu.

DNP Application Information:

  • Application deadlines:  Second Tuesday in January for priority consideration of application; however, applications are accepted until March 1st each year.  Enrichment students are admitted each semester.
  • All required application documents must be received by Graduate Admissions by close of business.
  • To allow for any possible delay in transcript or other application materials, applicants are encouraged to begin the application process 6 to 8 weeks prior to the deadline.
  • Interviews will be held once applications are complete.
  • Application Documentation: Applicants must submit
    • Statement of Recommendation: Three letters of reference from professionals who can speak to the applicant's experience and potential for success in master's studies must be submitted on this form.
    • Verification of Graduate Clinical and Practice Hours: For verification of clinical hours completed in MSN program 
    • Official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended
    • Current resume or curriculum vitae
    • Statement of professional goals
    • Copy of Nursing license

The undergraduate nursing program at Georgia College has full approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing (237 Coliseum Dr., Macon, GA 31217-3858; Phone: 478-207-2440). The BSN, MSN, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).

 

School of Nursing
235 Parks Memorial Building  |  Campus Box 63
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-1076
Fax: (478) 445-1121