School of Nursing
Waters College of Health Professions

Post-BSN to DNP Admission

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Criteria for Admission to All Graduate Nursing Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or its equivalent from a college accredited by the appropriate accrediting association (i.e., NLN or CCNE).
    • Overall GPA of 3.0, plus a GPA of 3.0 in nursing courses
    • Undergraduate introductory course in statistics with grade of C or better
    • Undergraduate health appraisal/physical assessment course
  • Prerequisite-Statistics: Program requires a prerequisite in Introductory Statistics with a grade of C or better.
  • Unrestricted and current Georgia RN license. Out-of-state students must apply and obtain a Georgia RN license ( a requirement of all students matriculated in any graduate nursing program in Georgia)
    • Scan and submit a copy of your Georgia RN licensure with the application.
  • One year of full-time registered nurse (RN) clinical nursing experience before the start of the program.
  • Resume or CV with work history
    • Employment verification is required.
  • Proof of American Heart Association Level C (2 person-BLS) CPR certification.
  • Three professional letters of recommendation that can address your nursing experience and expertise. Forms in the online application are acceptable, or you can attach three letters of recommendation to the application.
  • A personal statement of intent is required and should describe the applicant’s interest in obtaining the degree or certificate for which the applicant has applied. The statement should include content depicting academic and professional experiences predictive of future success in graduate school and the ability to impact the profession upon completion of the graduate nursing program.  Applicants for the post-BSN to DNP and post-MSN to DNP programs will need to include a topic of interest that you consider appropriate for a future DNP project. The statement will be evaluated for clarity of thought, writing style and grammar/syntax and to identify faculty mentors.
  • The admission process may include a phone interview
  • Complete College of Graduate Studies online application with payment of required fee.
  • Prerequisite work experience is also considered as the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track requires a minimum of one year of critical care RN work experience within the last three years.
  • Upon acceptance:
    • Georgia Southern University Health Services Form (must be completed before first-semester entry and updated each semester afterward)
    • Nursing Student Health Appraisal forms (required before the first day of the first semester)
    • Proof of current RN malpractice liability insurance (policy cover page) with name, dates of coverage, amount.
    • Students must purchase “Student NP” malpractice insurance before entering ANY clinical NP courses that require clinical hours or involves direct patient care.
    • NP students will be required to complete all clinical practicums with a qualified preceptor within 250 miles of Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus. Clinical placements outside of the state of Georgia will require pre-approval by the graduate program director. NP students must be proactive and secure preceptors for the clinical practicums.

Specific Admission Policies

Students must gain regular degree-seeking status admission to the Post-BSN to DNP program to be eligible to enroll in graduate nursing courses. Non-degree students are not permitted to enroll in graduate nursing courses without consent of the graduate program director with the exception of students formally admitted to the Post-MSN certificate option.

Admission to Regular Degree-Seeking Status:

Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)

All admission application materials must be received by March 1 for admission consideration to the fall cohort. Students who are admitted to the Post-BSN to DNP program will be provided with an individualized year-round program of study upon acceptance. Applicants will be pooled for admission consideration. Interviews with individuals under consideration may be conducted prior to admission.

Last updated: 2/21/2019

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