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 higher 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 systems leadership, and translate evidence into practice.

Program Outcomes:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program:

  1. Enable graduates to utilize and integrate evidence-based practice, translate research, and implement quality improvement initiatives to promote positive patient outcomes;
  2. Prepare nurse leaders to translate current scientific knowledge for increasingly complex practice and collaboration with interprofessional teams;
  3. Develop nurse leaders who are innovative and employ advanced levels of clinical judgment to improve population and health outcomes
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and skills of leading edge technology;
  5. Create nurse leaders with expertise in critical analysis of policy and advocacy

Program Design

  • The DNP program is a hybrid program offering face to face and online content.
  • Face to face content is held at the beginning of each semester for 2-3 full days in an intensives format.
  • The remainder of the semester content is delivered online in synchronous and asynchronous classes.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice and/or post-graduate APRN certificate at Georgia State University was visited by 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


 Application Deadline:  Fall April 1

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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, CRNA and CNM applicants
Actively practicing as an advanced practice nurse (CNS, NP, CRNA, CNM, administration and informatics)
Recommended grade point average of 3.2 or above in master’s degree program