Doctoral Program Doctor of Nursing Practice

Why pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)?
According to the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN) health care is becoming more complex and nurses will be required to have a high level of scientific knowledge and demonstrate expertise in clinical practice. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a practice focused doctoral degree which prepares nurses to advance nursing practice, participate in organizational and system leadership, and be leaders in evidence-based practice. The DNP graduate will be able to use technology to improve patient outcomes, participate, implement and evaluate health care policy and practice nursing at the highest level.

What can you do with this degree?

Private practice Advanced clinical specialty areas
Primary care clinics Nursing education
Hospital administration Systems specialist/informatics
Leadership roles Translate research into nursing practice
Develop policy


The Doctor of Nursing Practice and/or post-graduate APRN certificate at Georgia State University is scheduled for a visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in Fall 2015.


Talk to an Adviser

Office of Academic Assistance
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
811 Urban Life Building
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone Number: (404) 413- 1000

Program Coordinator
Katherine Abraham Evans, DNP, FNP-C, GNP-BC, ACHPN
Clinical Assistant Professor & DNP Program Coordinator
Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing & Health Professions
Georgia State University
404-413-1166 office
404-413-1205 fax


 Application Deadline:  Fall April 1

Curriculum  Apply Now Handbook 


  • Must have had a graduate level stats course before the first semester of the DNP program
  • Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program
  • Current RN licensure in state of residency and/or practice
  • Current advance practice nurse certification for CNS, NP, CNRA and CNM applicants
  • Actively practicing as an advanced practice nurse (CNS, NP, CNRA, CNM, administration and informatics)
  • Minimum two years of clinical experience
  • Recommended grade point average of 3.2 in master’s degree program (3.5 is preferred)