School of Nursing
Waters College of Health Professions

Georgia Southern University Doctor of Nursing Practice degree – University’s 5th Doctorate

The DNP prepares graduates to provide the most advanced level of nursing care for individuals and communities, including direct care of individual patients, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of nursing systems, and the development and implementation of health policy. Although not a focus of the DNP program, additional coursework in 4 education cognates will allow the student to complete a Nurse Educator Certificate from Georgia Southern University prior to graduation. Students would also be eligible to sit for the National League of Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator Certificate once these three cognate courses are completed and the additional teaching hours required by NLN are finished.

With the approval of the program, Georgia Southern University takes a leadership role in moving graduate nursing education to a new standard. Georgia faces an unprecedented and critical shortage of doctoral-prepared nurses, and the approval of this new degree program could not have come at a better time. The DNP program is unique in that it offers a cognate elective to the student to enhance knowledge in a concentrated area of choice. The program offers a Nurse Educator cognate elective (12 credits) to prepare DNPs with a desire to teach; however only 9 credit cognate hours are used for the DNP program.  In addition to a general statewide and regional shortage of nurses, universities are facing shortages in nursing faculty and advanced nurse practitioners. The shortage has a negative impact on nursing education and on the healthcare industry in general. Interest in Georgia Southern University’s DNP program is high.

Last updated: 11/2/2017

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