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Admission Information

DNP Admission Requirements

The DNP program at South Carolina prepares you to become an advanced practice nurse or take on a leadership role. Through online classes and select on-campus immersions, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to implement evidence-based practices and system-wide changes to improve patient outcomes. The DNP program has two entry points depending on prior educational experience: (1) Students with a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree and (2) students with a master's degree in nursing.

If you enter as a BSN-prepared student, you may choose to earn one of three DNP degrees with a clinical concentration: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). If you are a post-master’s student with a certificate in advanced practice nursing, you may expand on your APRN role with the advanced practice DNP (no concentration). All DNP clinical concentration APRN graduates develop skills to assess research and evaluate outcomes to improve patient care.

The Nurse Executive Leadership concentration is open to both BSN and master’s-prepared applicants.

If you are a post-master’s student with a certificate in advanced practice nursing, you may expand on your APRN role with the advanced practice DNP (no concentration). All DNP clinical concentration APRN graduates develop skills to assess research and evaluate outcomes to improve patient care.

The Nurse Executive Leadership concentration is open to both BSN and master’s-prepared applicants.

GAP Analysis

A GAP Analysis will be done upon admission into the DNP program to assess the clinical hours completed while in a masters or post BSN certificate program.  All DNP students must meet the 1000 post BSN clinical hours in order to be eligible for graduation with a DNP degree.  The Program Director will be responsible for completing the gap analysis.  Every effort will be made to ensure that upon graduation fromthe University of South Carolina, students meet the criteria for certification and licensure int he appropriate specialty area as know at the time of admission. All courses will need to meet the time to graduation outlined by the Graduate School.

DNP Frequently Asked Questions

 

Change of Program or Major

After the student has been admitted to an DNP program, the program or major may be changed. Both the existing Program Director and the Program Director from the “new” program must approve this transfer. Some graduate programs require essays and/or interviews; this is up to the discretion of the “new” program.  Requests will be evaluated on a space available basis and may require a delay in the program of study.   

If both Program Directors approve the transfer, the Update Request Form (URF) must be submitted to the Graduate School.   Along with Update Request Form, current students will submit new recommendations and updated goal statement for the new program requested.  Students who missed a semester will also need to submit an updated nursing license and update CastleBranch information.  There may be additional program specific requirements.  (Alert: submission of this form puts a hold on registration and suspends the existing program of study.)


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