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2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Nursing Practice

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About the Program

 This program educates advanced nurse clinicians for expert practice in leadership and clinical roles. This doctoral-level education provides the clinical and management expertise to improve healthcare outcomes. The program enables nurses to become expert nurse leaders and collaborators in solving healthcare problems in systems. Students may attend full time or part time, giving the ability to work while attending school. The program is approved by the Georgia Board of Regents as a web based program with greater than 50 percent of the program taught online. Currently students are completing the program in cohorts groups located at multiple distance-learning sites on campuses in Athens, Augusta, Albany State University, Columbus State University, Clayton State University, Valdosta State University, Memorial Heath University Medical Center, Inc. in Savannah, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and Ana G. Mendez University System in Puerto Rico to optimize convenience. The program may be expanded to other areas as well.

This program prepares graduates to:

  • Systematically assess and appraise a focused area of nursing practice to advance the science of nursing.
  • Model exemplary professional values and ethical decision-making.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of evidence-based practice and scholarship in nursing practice.
  • Investigate the social, economic, political and policy context of healthcare and related systems which affect patient care outcomes.
  • Assume, enhance and create leadership roles in clinical practice, advocacy/policy and education.
  • Clinically analyze and evaluate multi-faceted clinical practice and healthcare systems.

For more information, call 706-721-3676, or visit

Career Opportunities

Doctors of nursing practice have leadership opportunities in clinical practice arenas, including higher education settings.

Salary Information

 The salary for a Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate can range based on professional setting and region of the country.  On average, DNP graduates can expect a salary between $80,000 and $110,000.


 School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice is accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Admission Requirements

Completed Online Application for Graduate Programs; please check the Office of Academic Admissions website for fee information:

Application Deadline: July 1 (part- and full-time) – SPRING entry; March 1 (part- and full-time) – FALL entry

GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Minimum Degree Requirement and Official Transcripts: Master’s degree in Nursing or a related field

Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended, including transcripts for any courses currently in progress. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation based on official transcripts and documents be accepted in lieu of an official transcript.

Official transcripts should be sent to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions as part of your “Admissions Packet.” To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed, and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s Office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, transcripts can be mailed to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions directly from the Registrar’s Office of the issuing institution.

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Official evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents, or copies will not satisfy this requirement.

References: Recommendations from three individuals are required. Referees should be individuals (usually college professors) qualified to critically assess the applicants prior academic, employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicants potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.

Graduate reference forms and letters can be submitted online only. Applicants list names and provide information for three individuals as references during the online application process. Once the application is submitted, each referee will receive an email directing them to complete the online reference form. The completed reference form will then be forwarded to the Office of Academic Admissions via the online application system, CollegeNet. An applicant wishing to change a reference letter after the application has been submitted must log into his/her CollegeNet account and change the name and contact information for the reference.

GRE Requirement:
Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 900. Official GRE scores are required (only the General GRE test is required). May be waived with cumulative minimum GPA of 3.25 (master’s degree).

All official GRE scores must be submitted to GHSU’s OAA directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

Millers Analogy Test (MAT) scores with a minimum score of 400 will be accepted in place of GRE scores; test must be taken within the last 5 years.

All official MAT scores must be submitted to GHSU’s OAA directly from Pearson Education, Inc. The institution code for submission of MAT scores to GHSU is 1108. Please do not select a department code.

TOEFL Exam Scores: Minimum score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer -based. or 79 internet-based.

Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.

Program Specific Requirements

Pre-requisite course work:

  • Graduate level biostatistics with a grade of B or better within the last five years
  • Graduate level epidemiology with a grade of B or better within the last five years

Personal Interview: Interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the program.

Resume or CV: Please include date of most current revision

Essay: Two-page paper detailing concept of the role of a doctor of nursing practice is required as part of the application/supplement form.

Experience: Minimum of one year of RN experience required before beginning clinical courses.

Proof of current Georgia RN Nursing license is required prior to enrollment and national certification in a specialty area (as appropriate) is strongly encouraged.

Clinical Hours: All DNP graduates must complete a total of 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice as mandated by the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing. These hours include previous MS-Nursing clinical hours plus clinical hours obtained in the DNP Program. All entrants to the DNP program will have their academic credentials and prior clinical experiences evaluated by the DNP Program Director or Co-Director. Based on the results of that evaluation, potential students may be required to provide additional documentation of clinical hours in graduate program. Extra coursework (i.e. nursing research, nursing) and/or participation in additional clinical/residency hours depending on the number of credits obtained from master’s degree program(s) may be required.

Admission Recommendations

While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with GHSU’s Office of Academic Admission for recent updates.

Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.


How to Apply

Apply online at by March 1 for Fall semester or July 1 for Spring semester.
For more information on this program, visit

Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building–Administration
Georgia Health Sciences University
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Telephone: 706-721-2725
Toll free: 800-519-3388
Fax: 706-721-7279
Web site:

Estimated Tuition and Fees

 For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Tuition and Fees  section of this catalog.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Curriculum (Full-Time Curriculum)

Total Credit Hours: 40


** IMPH 8000: computerized Health Information Systems is equivalent.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Curriculum (Part-Time Option)

Total Program Hours: 40

Total Clinical/Lab Hours: 675


**IMPH 8000: computerized Health Information Systems is equivalent.