University of South Alabama College of Nursing
Advanced Emergency Nursing
(Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Dual Role)
BSN-DNP and Post-Graduate Certificate to DNP
Nurse and patient

The Department of Health and Human Services has funded a $1.2 million proposal to provide a new BSN to DNP Accelerated Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AACNP) with Emergency Specialization program.

Graduates of this program will earn a DNP degree and be eligible to sit for dual certification exams - the FNP and the AACNP exams.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has set a 2015 date for full implementation of the DNP as the entry level for advanced practice.


Requirements for Admission

The requirements for admission to the DNP program are located on the DNP Home Page and in the University of South Alabama Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin.


While Advanced Emergency Nursing (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care) Dual Role DNP classes are taught online, all students enrolled in AHN 548 (first clinical course) are required to attend a mandatory three (3) day orientation. Attendance is required and will allow for questions and interaction with course faculty. Various clinical skills workshops will be held during the orientation.

The dates for this year's on-campus orientation are August 3-5, 2014.




Curriculum for Advanced Emergency (Family NP / Adult-Geron Acute Care NP) Dual Role
Full-time Students must not be working while completing this program.
Part-time Students may work any number of hours per week.


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MSN-DNP Adding Advanced Emergency Dual Role as a New Specialization

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Course descriptions are available in the University of South Alabama Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin.


For additional information related to the specialty, please contact:

Dr. Robin Lawson

This project is supported in part by funds from the Division of Nursing (DN), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number D09HP14650-01-00 for Online DNP Program for BSN to DNP Accelerated FNP & AACNP with Emergency Specialization for $1,126,674.00. The information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by the Division of Nursing, BHPr, DHHS or the U.S. Government.
For Additional Information

DNP Essentials

If you have any further questions about the application process, contact the college of nursing at or 251-445-9412.

Office of Graduate Studies
USA College of Nursing - HAHN 3086
5721 USA Drive N.
Mobile AL 36688-0002
(251) 445-9400
Fax 251-445-9416

The BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 887-6791


University of South Alabama - Mobile Alabama 36688-0002 (251) 445-9400
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