Doctor of Nursing Practice

Emory's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed for Bachelors and Masters prepared nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice with a focus on clinical leadership. The DNP program provides students with a world-class educational experience by leveraging innovative leadership, translation, practice, and health care policy. Emory DNP students will immerse themselves in a rigorous advanced practice curriculum and leadership development, and 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. 

The DNP program currently offers the Post-Masters and Post-BSN degrees. These programs offer two specialty tracks—Health Systems Leadership and Population Health. The Post-BSN program is available for the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. We are currently planning for additional Post-BSN program specialties. Please continue to check this website for additional information as it becomes available.

The program will feature a unique digital environment combined with on-site classes. The on-site DNP classes take place on 2-3 weekends each semester and for Post-BSN students includes their clinical courses.

Registered nurses with Masters and BSN degrees are eligible to apply to the program. The DNP program is available for full-time and part-time study. Full-time study for Post-Masters students is 4 consecutive semesters. Full-time study for Post-BSN students is 7 consecutive semesters.

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

Post-MSN Curriculum

Curriculum 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 track courses 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 Saturdays per semester at which time students will be required to be on campus for interactional learning with other students and faculty.

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

DNP Project Development I (2 credits)
DNP Project Development II (1 credit)
DNP Project Development III (5 credits)
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 Track, 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 589D 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)
PRS 580D Research Design & Grant Preparation (2 credits)
NRSG 596D Economic Principles of Health Care* (2 credits)

Semester 3 Summer, 9 credit hours
NRSG 717D DNP Project Development III* (5 credits)
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 Track, Full-Time Program of Study 39 credit hours

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

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

Semester 3 Summer, 10 credit hours
NRSG 717D DNP Project Development III* (5 credits)
NRSG 592D Leading Complex Health Care Systems (3 credits)
NRSG 610D 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)

Post-MSN Requirements

Emory University is seeking highly qualified and developing nurse leaders for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

Requirements for admission include:

  • Completed application
  • A personal statement that describes why you want to be in the DNP program and why you chose Emory; what your project interests are for practice, process, or systems-based health and healthcare improvement; and who (faculty and clinical partners) you want to work with on your project.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A portfolio that demonstrates your ability to be successful in a practice-focused program

Your portfolio should include:

  • Resume or CV
  • A narrative summary of your accomplishments
  • A recent example of clinical scholarship and/or recent graduate level standardized test scores


Applications for the DNP Program are still being accepted at this time. 

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These estimated expenses do not include living, transportation, books and supplies.

Financial Aid

Applicants will be considered for merit-based scholarships for the DNP Program during the admission process. Financial Aid information can be found on the School of Nursing Financial Aid page.

Post-MSN 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 4:00 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*:

NEW! Orientation for incoming fall 2015 DNP candidates has been rescheduled.  The event will be held in June. Exact dates to be determined.

Fall 2015
Sept. 12
Oct. 3
Nov. 14

Spring 2016
Jan. 16
Feb. 27
April 2 

Summer 2016
May 21
June 25
July 30 

May 21, 2016 - Admitted Students Orientation (fall 2016 enrollees)

Fall 2016
Sept. 10
Oct. 15
Dec. 3

*Dates are subject to change.