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College of Nursing


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Post Masters Entry

Plan of Study

The DNP program is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses and nurse adminstrators to assume leadership roles or administrative positons. Students will learn to evaluate and apply research to improve patient care and participate in a nursing leadership program.

All applicants must hold a master’s degree and will have a minimum of a 33-hour course of study.   All students may choose the Nurse Executive concentration – 39 hours option and Masters prepared students holding a certificate in advanced practice nursing may complete the 33-hour program – no concentration – which will expand on the APRN role. The DNP program can be completed online however campus visits may be required for project proposal defense and final project defense.

Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, the student must

  • Complete graduate residency of at least 18 graduate hours for three consecutive semesters.
  • Complete an approved program of study. 
  • Complete a DNP final project.
  • Complete program within six years.
  • Complete a minimum 1,000 clinical hours. Credit will be given via a gap analysis for some clinical hours earned during the Master’s program. Each student, after admission will be required to submit a portfolio for evaluation of clinical hours and after evaluation, the required number of hours required in the DNP program will be outline prior to matriculation.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and earn a 3.0 or better in all required classes and courses number 700 or higher.

Contact the Nursing DNP Program Office

Have additional questions about the DNP Program? Call us at 803-777-7412, email an adviser today, or stop by our office:
Williams-Brice Building, Room 208
1601 Greene Street
Columbia, SC  29208

*Please note: Currently the BSN to DNP program is undergoing curriculum revision and is not currently accepting new students.