Online MSN to DNP for Advanced Nursing Practice Roles


MSN to DNP for Advanced Nursing Practice Roles is for students who have completed their MSN degree in one of the areas of advanced practice nursing offered at the USA College of Nursing, and want to earn their DNP in this same specialty area.

MSN to DNP Specialty Areas for Advanced Nursing Practice Roles include:

  • Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP) Specialty
  • Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist – Adult Health
  • Executive Nurse Administrator
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Public Health Administration
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

MSN to DNP Information

The DNP curriculum consists of 36 Credit hours for the student holding a Master of Science in Nursing degree with preparation in an area of advanced practice nursing. Students who graduated with an MSN from the University of South Alabama College of Nursing and completed the following courses NU 607, NU 608, NU 610, and NU 613 during the MSN coursework may complete the DNP program with an additional 24 Credit hours if the previous coursework is within the seven year limit. The MSN to DNP program can be completed in four semesters of full-time study. Full-time study is defined as six or more Credit hours per semester. Permission to take more than 12 Credit hours per semester must be obtained from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Part-time study is also available.

The program must be completed in five years of matriculation for the MSN to DNP for Advanced Practice Nursing Roles Pathway.

Course work for the MSN to DNP program is offered completely online. Students are not required to come to campus during the MSN to DNP program. The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete a major synthesis project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on healthcare outcomes. Residency requirements for the synthesis project can be completed in the student’s home region with an approved mentor.

Students holding their MSN degree in an area not offered by the University of South Alabama College of Nursing, such as CRNA or Midwifery, will not be able to complete a DNP at USA because we do not offer those areas of advanced nursing practice.

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