Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

BSN-DNP Programs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a terminal degree in nursing that prepares Registered Nurses (RNs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to practice at the highest level of the profession. The BSN-DNP Nurse Practitioner track prepares students to take the appropriate certification exam at completion of the program of study.

Application Deadlines

Applicants for the Doctor of Nursing Practice are considered for admission for the fall semester only, and all required application materials must be received in Graduate Studies by August 1 or until all seats are filled.

Date Event
August 1 or until seats are filled Fall Admission

Applications completed after August 1 will be considered for admission if seats remain available. If no seats are available, the application will be considered for admission in the fall semester of the following year.

Application Materials Required for the BSN-DNP Program in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Applicants for the BSN-DNP program must submit all of the following documentation to Graduate Studies to be considered for admission:

Graduate Admissions
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission.
  2. Non-refundable $35 application processing fee.
  3. Official transcript with degree posted, documenting the BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution with a professionally accredited nursing program. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the university.)
  4. Unencumbered RN license in the U.S.
  5. Overall GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
  6. Professional resume [curriculum vitae (CV)].
  7. Completed Experience Form.
  8. Three Professional References. Reference forms will be submitted electronically. Instructions for submission will be sent through email to the applicant upon submission of the online graduate application.
  9. Professional interview and/or writing sample may be required.
  10. No additional qualifying exam (GRE, MAT).

Admission Requirements for the BSN-DNP Program in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Applicants are admitted on a selective basis upon review of the completed application package.

The DNP program does not accept transfer credits from other institutions; accordingly, 100% of the credits for the DNP degree will be earned at JSU.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of courses required for the selected pathway: 69 credit hours must be completed for the BSN-DNP.
  2. Completion of supervised academic program practice hours: 1330 hours must be completed for the BSN-DNP.
  3. Satisfactory completion of DNP project and paper.
  4. Satisfactory completion of professional electronic portfolio.
  5. Satisfactory completion of comprehensive exam for the BSN-DNP specialty tracks.

Progression and Retention

In accordance with University policy, graduate students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all graduate courses attempted. A student whose GPA falls below the required minimum of 3.0 will be placed on probation and will receive notification from Graduate Studies of the requirements to reestablish good standing. Any student who does not attain good standing, as specified in their notification letter, will be dropped from graduate study. The maximum number of hours of "C" grades permitted to count toward the doctor degree or master's degree educator certificate programs, or graduate non-education certificates is six semester hours. All "C" grades are factored into a student's GPA. If a student earns a grade of "C" or below on more than six semester hours of courseswork, the student should consult his or her academic advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies for advisement. All grades below a "C" must be repeated. A student must achieve an "A" or "B" in the repeat course and is only allowed to repeat the course once. A student's progression in the program may be impacted.

Minimum Requirements for the BSN-DNP Program in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

An individual plan of study is provided from the Director of Online and Graduate Academic Services at time of admission.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
NU 607Advanced Health Assessment3
NU 613Physio-Pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing3
NU 620Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses3
ANP 668Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute NP I3
ANP 669Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute NP Practicum I (70 Clinical Simulation Hours )1
ANP 671Health Promotion/Disease Prevention and Issues for AGACNP2
ANP 672Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute NP II3
ANP 673Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute NP Practicum II (210 Clinical Hours )3
ANP 674Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute NP III3
ANP 675Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute NP Practicum III (210 Clinical Hours )3
ANP 676Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute NP IV3
ANP 677Advance Adult-Gerontology Acute NP Practicum IV (210 Clinical Hours )3
NU 702BSN-DNP Online Orientation0
NU 707Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice3
NU 708Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Healthcare3
NU 710Health Care Policy and Finance3
NU 711Biostatistics and Translating Evidence3
NU 712Clinical Prevention and Population Health3
NU 713Organizational and Systems Leadership for the Advanced Practice Nurse3
NU 715Innovative Leadership and Collaboration in Healthcare3
NU 716Interprofessional Health Care and Informatics3
ANP 796Adult Gerontology Acute NP Project Planning and Development3
ANP 797Adult Gerontology Acute NP Residency I (210 Practicum Hours )3
ANP 798Adult Gerontology Acute NP Residency II (210 Practicum Hours )3
ANP 799Adult Gerontology Acute NP Residency III (210 Practicum Hours )3
Total Hours69

69 Doctoral Semester Hours Required for this Degree


All students must apply for graduation by the given deadline of the semester in which they plan to graduate. Please see the Graduation and Comprehensive Exam section of this catalog for more information.