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 May 1 or until all seats are filled.

Date Event
May 1 or until seats are filled Fall Admission

Applications completed after May 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.

Admission Requirements and Application Materials required for the BSN-DNP Program in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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

The DNP nursing admissions subcommittee shall review and evaluate each candidate for admission to the DNP nursing program. Applications are processed through JSU’s graduate studies office. Guidelines for evaluating applicants for the DNP program assure consistency in the process. Admission to the DNP program is competitive and admission requirements may exceed graduate studies minimum requirements. A maximum number of admissions will be determined annually by the graduate council.

Admission Criteria to the BSN-DNP Nursing Programs:

  1. Each applicant must satisfy minimum requirements for admission to graduate studies.
  2. A completed graduate studies application
  3. Official transcript with cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the baccalaureate nursing program or the last 60 hours of baccalaureate nursing program (the higher of the two).
  4. Undergraduate science courses satisfy a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution certified by a National Accreditation Agency.
  6. Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the student’s current state of clinical practice.
  7. Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  8. Three recommendation letters (from individuals such as work supervisors, professional colleagues, and former faculty members who hold a minimum of a Master’s level degree).
  9. Favorable recommendation from the DNP admissions committee.
  10. Optional requirements of the Admissions Committee may contain the following for further evaluation.
    1. A typed statement of purpose written by the applicant
    2. Professional interview with the admission committee member(s)

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 the 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 academic 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 studies. A grade of “C” or below will not be permitted to count toward the graduate or doctoral level degree or certificate programs. All grades of “C” or below are factored into a student’s GPA. Only one “C” grade or lower is permitted to be re-taken in the graduate or doctoral level degree or certificate program. A grade of “C” or below in any graduate nursing programs must be repeated. A student must achieve an “A” or “B” in the repeated course. The course may only be repeated once. A student’s progression in the program will be impacted. If the student is unsuccessful after the re-take, the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student earns a grade of “C” or below in any coursework in any graduate nursing program, the student should consult their academic advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies for advisement. Should a student earn more than 3 semester hours of a C grade, the student will be ineligible to continue in the graduate nursing program and should consult the graduate catalog for guidance. Failure to resolve an incomplete within the established time frame will result in an inability to progress in the program. Registration for the upcoming semester will not be allowed until the incomplete is resolved. Review the graduate catalog for processing instructions and deadlines. DNP: All graduate coursework and degree requirements toward a doctoral degree (including credit transferred from another university) must be completed within a period of seven calendar years, which would include the summer term. Any exceptions will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies, upon written request of the student. The 3 P’s in the BSN- DNP Program (NU 613Advanced Pathophysiology, NU 607Advanced Health Assessment or NU 620 Advanced Pharmacology) must be completed within two years of beginning NP Specialty Track coursework. Students who fall outside this timeframe will receive an individualized plan of study which is developed and approved by the DNP Program Coordinator. 

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.