Doctor of Nursing Practice

We will review applications until the program is full.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is now accepting applications for its new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. The program targets registered nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice as an alternative to a research-intensive PhD program.

DNP students will immerse themselves in a rigorous advanced practice curriculum, leadership development, residency hours, and a capstone project in a focused area of inquiry. Courses will be taught online and on site in classes that will take place over three weekends each semester.

The DNP program offers two specialty tracks—health systems leadership and population health. Registered nurses with master’s degrees are eligible for the program for fall 2014. The DNP program will currently be full-time study for post-MSN students, available for completion in 4 consecutive semesters. Plans are underway for future post-BSN education in Fall 2015 that will include APRN study.

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

Degree Requirements for post-MSN students:

A total of 40 hours is required for students in the population health track and 41 hours 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 (26 credits) that will be required for students in either track is as follows:

DNP Project Development I (1 credit)
DNP Project Development II (1 credit)
DNP Project Development III (1 credit)
DNP Capstone Project (6 credits)
DNP Specialty Residency I (3 credits)
DNP Specialty Residency II (3 credits)

Leadership for the Health Professions (2 credits)
Interprofessional Collaboration Seminar (1 credit)
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 (26 credits) required of students in both tracks are marked with an *asterisk.

DNP Population Health Focus, Full-Time Program of Study 40 credit hours

Semester 1 Fall, 9 credit hours
NRSG 715D DNP Project Development I* (1 credit)
BIOS 516D Applied Biostatistics (2 credits)
AEPI 530D Applied Epidemiology (2 credits)
APHI 501D Applied Public Health Informatics (2 credits)
NRSG 589 Leadership for the Health Professions* (2 credits)

Semester 2 Spring, 9 credit hours
NRSG 716D DNP Project Development II* (1 credit)
NRSG 718D DNP Specialty Residency I* (3 credits)
NRSG 599 Business of Health Care: Finance* (3 credits)
PRS580D Research Design & Grant Preparation (2 credits)

Semester 3 Summer, 9 credit hours
NRSG 717D DNP Project Development III* (1 credit)
NRSG 719D DNP Specialty Residency II* (3 credits)
NRSG 722D Interprofessional Collaboration Seminar* (1 credit)
GH 500D Addressing Key Issues in Global Health (2 credits)
PRS 554D Prevention Effectiveness (2 credits)

Semester 4 Fall, 13 credit hours
NRSG 721D DNP Capstone Project* (6 credits)
NRSG 596 Economic Principles of Health Care* (2 credits)
NRSG723D Health Policy, Ethics and Law* (3 credits)
PRS 538D Community Needs Assessment (2 credits)

DNP Health Systems Leadership Focus, Full-Time Program of Study 41 credit hours

Semester 1 Fall, 8 credit hours
NRSG 715D DNP Project Development I* (1 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, 11 credit hours
NRSG 717D DNP Project Development III* (1 credit)
NRSG 718D DNP Specialty Residency I* (3 credits)
NRSG 592 Leading Complex Health Care Systems (3 credits)
NRSG 610 Implementing and Evaluating Evidence-Based Decisions (3 credits)
NRSG 722D Interprofessional Collaboration Seminar (1 credit)

Semester 4 Fall, 12 credit hours
NRSG 721D DNP Capstone Project (6 credits)
NRSG 719D DNP Specialty Residency II (3 credits)
NRSG 723D Health Policy, Ethics and Law (3 credits)

Click Here to Download a PDF Version of the DNP Program Application.*

Please submit the completed application and all required documents, including your letters of recommendation to:

Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs
Emory University School of Nursing
RE: DNP Application
1520 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322 

Letters of recommendation should be submitted in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back flap, if sending with application materials. Recommenders can also send their letter directly to our office.

*Please note that the DNP Program application is not yet available online.

Tuition information is still being finalized for this new program. Please check back soon for complete tuition details.

To launch the DNP program, the school has established an inaugural scholarship fund which will award $10,000 to 12 selected full time students in the first cohort.  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.

Key Dates*

Classes will meet in-person on the followings days:

Fall 2014
Sept. 6
Oct. 4
Nov. 22

Spring 2015
Jan. 10
Feb. 28
Mar. 28

Summer 2015
May 16
June 20
July 25

Fall 2015
Sept. 12
Oct. 3
Nov. 14

*Dates are subject to change.