Doctor of Nursing Practice

Emory's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program targets registered nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice as an alternative to a research-intensive PhD program. The DNP program provides students with a world-class educational experience by leveraging innovative leadership, translation, practice, and health care policy. Emory DNP graduates will be well-poised to lead change and transform health care systems to improve the health and well-being of people in our global and local community.

DNP students will immerse themselves in a rigorous advanced practice curriculum and leadership development. The program will feature a unique digital environment combined with a weekend classroom component. The on-site in classes that will take place over three weekends each semester and will supplement online course modules.

The DNP program offers two specialty tracks—health systems leadership and population health. Registered nurses with master’s degrees are eligible to apply to the program. The DNP program is full-time study for post-MSN students, available for completion in 4 consecutive semesters.  We are currently planning for future post-BSN education.  Please continue to check this website for additional information as it becomes available.

For applicants interested in the population health track, a graduate level course on community or public health is highly recommended.

Curriculum

Degree Requirements for post-MSN students:

A total of 39 hours is required for students in the population health track and for the health systems leadership track. The course requirements consists of the DNP core courses that all students are required to take and the population or health system foci courses for the track the student wishes to take. All DNP courses will be offered in a combined online-residential hybrid focus. The residential component of courses will be delivered 2-3 weekends per semester at which time students will be required to be on campus for learning activities that require interactional learning with other students and faculty.

The core DNP coursework (24 credits) that will be required for students in either track is as follows:

DNP Project Development I (2 credit)
DNP Project Development II (1 credit)
DNP Project Development III (4credit)
DNP Project (7 credits)

Leadership for the Health Professions (2 credits)
Economic Principles of Health Care (2 credits)
Business of Health Care: Finance (3 credits)
Health Policy, Ethics and Law (3 credits)

The curriculum for students enrolled full time in the post-MSN program in each of the two tracks is as follows. Core courses (24 credits) required of students in both tracks are marked with an *asterisk.

DNP Population Health Focus, Full-Time Program of Study 39 credit hours

Semester 1 Fall, 10 credit hours
NRSG 715D DNP Project Development I* (2 credits)
BIOS 516D Applied Biostatistics (2 credits)
AEPI 530D Applied Epidemiology (2 credits)
PRS538D Community Needs Assessment (2 credits)
NRSG 589 Leadership for the Health Professions* (2 credits)

Semester 2 Spring, 10 credit hours

NRSG 716D DNP Project Development II* (1 credit)
NRSG 599 Business of Health Care: Finance* (3 credits)

APHI 501D Applied Public Health Informatics (2 credits)
PRS580D Research Design & Grant Preparation (2 credits)

NRSG 596 Economic Principles of Health Care* (2 credits)

Semester 3 Summer, 9 credit hours
NRSG 717D DNP Project Development III* (4 credit)
GH 500D Addressing Key Issues in Global Health (2 credits)
PRS 554D Prevention Effectiveness (2 credits)

Directed Study (1 credit)

Semester 4 Fall, 10 credit hours
NRSG 721D DNP Project* (7 credits)
 
NRSG723D Health Policy, Ethics and Law* (3 credits)

DNP Health Systems Leadership Focus, Full-Time Program of Study 39 credit hours

Semester 1 Fall, 9 credit hours
NRSG 715D DNP Project Development I* (2 credit)
NRSG 596 Economic Principles of Health Care* (2 credits)
NRSG 589 Leadership for Health Professions* (2 credits)
NRSG 591 Health Care Quality and Patient Safety (3 credits)

Semester 2 Spring, 10 credit hours
NRSG 716D DNP Project Development II* (1 credit)
NRSG 594 Analytic Tools for Evidence Based Decision Making (3 credits)
NRSG 593 Leading People to Transform Organizations (3 credits)
NRSG 599 Business of Health Care: Finance* (3 credits)

Semester 3 Summer, 10 credit hours
NRSG 717D DNP Project Development III* (4 credits)
NRSG 592 Leading Complex Health Care Systems (3 credits)
NRSG 610 Implementing and Evaluating Evidence-Based Decisions (3 credits)

Semester 4 Fall, 10 credit hours
NRSG 721D DNP Project (7 credits)
NRSG 723D Health Policy, Ethics and Law (3 credits)

Applying

March 15th: Priority application deadline
March 19: Interviews for final list of applicants begin
April 10: Students selected for the Fall 2015 cohort are notified

You can access the DNP application and create an account by clicking here

Tuition

Fall 2014

Category Description

Amount

Tuition Expenses

15,500.00

Fees

3,377.00

Living Expenses

8,982.00

Books and Supply Expenses

1,154.00

Transportation Expenses

335.00

Loan Fees

576.00

Health Insurance

1,400.00

Term Total

31,324.00

Spring 2015

Category Description

Amount

Tuition Expenses

15,500.00

Fees

267.00

Living Expenses

8,982.00

Books and Supply Expenses

1,154.00

Transportation Expenses

335.00

Loan Fees

576.00

Health Insurance

1,400.00

Term Total

28,214.00

Total Cost of Attendance

59,538.00

*Living, transportation, and books/supplies expenses are estimated.

Financial Aid

To launch the DNP program, the school established an inaugural scholarship fund which will award $10,000 to 12 selected full time students in their first semester.  These scholarships are very competitive and will be limited to full time students only.  Application information can be found on the School of Nursing Financial Aid page.

Schedule

This is a hybrid program with both online and face to face interaction during every semester. Each semester students and faculty will meet for three semester Saturdays.

What are Semester Saturdays?

Semester Saturdays will start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. The format will be business conference style with students attending class in the NHWSN building. Attire will be business casual for students and Semester Saturday agendas will include: DNP student presentations, group work and special interactive presentations with renowned guest speakers. Semester Saturdays may also include advising as needed. 

Classes will meet in-person on the followings days*:

May 17 – Admitted students orientation

Fall 2014
Sept. 6
Oct. 4
Nov. 22

Spring 2015
Jan. 10
Feb. 28
Mar. 28

May 16 – Admitted students orientation

Summer 2015
May 16
June 20
July 25

Fall 2015
Sept. 12
Oct. 3
Nov. 14

Spring 2016
Jan. 16
Feb. 27
April 2 

May 21 – Admitted Students Orientation

Summer 2016
May 21
June 25
July 30 

Fall 2016
Sept. 10
Oct. 15
Dec. 3

*Dates are subject to change.