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Nursing Practice (DNP) - MSN to DNP

Master Of Science In Nursing To DNP Curriculum For Advanced Nursing Practice

The DNP curriculum consists of 36 credits 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 credits if the previous coursework is within the seven year limit. The MSN to DNP program can be completed in three semesters of full-time study. Full-time study is defined as six or more credits per semester. Permission to take more than 12 credits 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 program.

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. Electives can be taken but are not required. 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 health care outcomes. Residency requirements for the synthesis project can be completed in the student's home region with an approved mentor.

Doctor Of Nursing Practice Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, graduates should be able to:

  1. Assume organizational and system leadership in the analysis, delivery, and management of nursing care.
  2. Implement the highest level of advanced nursing care to produce high-quality, cost-effective outcomes for diverse patient outcomes.
  3. Use theories, concepts, and analytic methodologies to design, implement, and evaluate practice by applying evidence to transform nursing systems.
  4. Contribute to the knowledge of best-practices and dissemination of outcomes through professional writing and presentations.
  5. Develop practice standards based on the integration of ethics and evidence-based nursing care.
College of Nursing Administrative Staff (251) 445-9400
Dean Debra C. Davis
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Rosemary Rhodes
Associate Dean for Research/Development  
Associate Dean Baldwin County Rosemary Rhodes
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Heather Hall
Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs Tracey Taylor
Director of Special Projects & Evaluation Jennifer Styron
Professors E. Buckner, L. Chilton, D.C. Davis, V. Dearmon, C. Dolan,  S. Fruh, J. Gunn, H. Hall, J. Harris, M. Jacobs, A. King, R. Rhodes, A. Smith, E. VandeWaa, J. Varner
Associate Professors H. Brown, K. Hamilton, T. Harlan, A. Hedger, A. Hill, J. McMillan, C. Myers, S. Williams-Evans, T. Wright
Assistant Professors J. Azok, M. Bolton, L. Bouzigard, C. Butler,  K. Bydalek, C. Cheese, A. Crow, N. Curtis, L. Dailey, A. Davis, C. Elkins, K. Erdlitz, C. Estabrook, J. Farmer, E. Fuller, A. Goodnough, A. Gilligan, A. Godfrey, R. Graves, L. Hammonds, S. Harlan, S. Harris, T. Huey, P. Huffman, P. Johnson, L. Jones, B. Lang, S. Lawrence, C. Lewis, J. Lollar, A. Marass, T. McMullan, T. Meyer, K. Miller,  L. Minchew, B. Moore, C. Morgan, M. Nadler, T. Platt, M. Raber, B. Riley, S. Roberts, A. Rudd, E. Sawyer, A. Shing, J. Styron, D. Swanzy, K. Stauter, W. Stuart, T. Taylor,  C. Thompson, A. Townsend, N. Turnham, R. Vardaman, M. Varnado,  N. Walls, S. Whitworth,  S. G. Williams, A. Younce
Senior Instructors S. Bertolla, M. Meyer, S. Bihan
Instructors J. Anderson, T. Bowen, C. Baughn, H. Breazeale,  J. Cockrell, A. Davis, M. Guy, C. Herf, H. Horton, K. Jordan, C. Lynch,  K. Norris, S. Scott, T. Sikes-Dogget, T. Sturm, S. Waweru, B. Woodmansee
Department Chair, Adult Health Nursing Valorie Dearmon
Department Chair, Community/Mental Health Nursing Todd Harlan
Department Chair, Maternal/Child Health Nursing Jackie Lollar
Academic Advisors Jennifer Bouvier, Leigh Holland, Brennen Mallet, Camry McCants, Mary Phillips, Kristyn Seawell

College of Nursing web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/con/

The College of Nursing is dedicated to the education of professional nurses who provide the highest quality health care to the communities they serve. The practice of nursing is both an art and a science; the focus of nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems.

The College of Nursing has two locations, one is on the USA main campus, and the other is on the USA Baldwin County campus in downtown Fairhope. The resources of the University, the USA Hospitals and clinics, and the numerous clinical agencies provide excellent opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and skills essential for professional nursing.

Mission

The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide quality innovative educational programs to a diverse student body, to participate in research and scholarly activities, and to provide service to the University, the profession, and the public. The College accomplishes this by providing a caring, engaging environment for the empowerment of student learning potential, the professional development of faculty, and the promotion of the nursing profession.

Goals

  1. Cultivate a caring, innovative, and engaging environment to facilitate teaching, learning, scholarship, and service.
  2. Deliver innovative quality nursing programs that meet the needs of a diverse student body and other communities of interest.
  3. Promote the discovery, communication, and preservation of knowledge through scholarly activities and leadership.
  4. Provide service to the University, the profession, and the public.
  5. Develop community partnerships to promote nursing and the enhancement of the health care delivery system using interprofessional approaches.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing and the baccalaureate, master's, doctor of nursing practice, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036-1120: Telephone (202)877-6791.

Application Procedures

Application forms are available on the College of Nursing's web site. A ($50.00 for BSN; $100.00 for MSN or DNP) non-refundable application fee must be submitted with the application. Money orders or personal checks ($20.00 fee on returned checks) are acceptable. MSN and DNP applicants are also required to complete a primary application in Nursing CAS at www.Nursingcas.org.
Fall semester admission applications should be submitted by March 15 for the BSN program and February 15 for the MSN and DNP programs.

Spring semester admission applications should be submitted by July 15 for the BSN, MSN, DNP, and Post-Graduate Certificate programs.
Summer semester admission applications should be submitted by January 15 for BSN program and November 15 for the MSN program.

Applications received at other times will be considered on a space available basis for RN-BSN track only.
Students who choose not to attend during the term in which they are accepted, are not permitted to roll admission status to another semester. Students who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply, pay another application fee, and compete with other applicants without guarantee of acceptance. Students who drop out of the program for two or more consecutive semesters must apply for readmission through the Office of the Registrar. Readmission is not automatic.

Students not accepted during a certain term who choose to roll their application to the following semester will not be assessed another application processing fee. Students who choose to roll their application a second time, or if the length of time between applications is greater than one semester, then an application processing fee will be collected in order for the application to be considered for the given term.

Student Responsibility

While the University of South Alabama will endeavor to provide timely and accurate advisement, it is the responsibility of the student to know and satisfy the degree requirements of the academic program, to be aware of the University calendar,
http://www.southalabama.edu/academiccalendar/index.html and to understand and comply with University academic policies and procedures.

Degrees Offered

The College of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Certificates Offered

Post-Graduate Certificates are awarded to students completing planned programs of study in a nursing specialty area and subspecialty areas.