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BSN-DNP Nurse Practitioner Track

The practice environment of a nurse practitioner is constantly changing. These changes are based on the increasing complexity of patient care and evolving practice issues of the healthcare system.

Are You Eligible? Program Admission Requirements

  • Current unencumbered RN and APN licensure (if applicable) in state of residence
  • Eligible for licensure as registered nurse and APN (if applicable) in Tennessee
  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from an accredited program or with a previously earned Bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. Applicant must complete or show evidence of completion of the following courses if their degree is in a field other than nursing:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and 2 - 8 hours
    • Microbiology - 3 or 4 hours
    • Pathophysiology - 3 hours
    • Any undergraduate statistics course - 3 hours
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Cumulative science GPA (Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, statistics) of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • Interview with the Nursing Graduate Admissions Selection Committee
  • International students must complete TOEFL with WES evaluations of transcripts
  • Statement of past clinical and/or work experiences, scholarly activities, and community service that supports future goals in obtaining a practice doctorate
  • One year of critical care experience (Nurse Anesthesia Applicants Only)

2014-2015 Tuition Rates

Program Offerings and Deadlines

Priority Application deadline of January 15 is noted for acceptance into this track that begins in the fall of each year.

BSN-DNP Curriculum Model

Year 1

Fall I
NUR 720 Faith and Science 3
NUR 515 Advanced Nursing Statistics for the Health Sciences 3
NUR 544 Advanced Health Assessment (40 lab hours) 3
BIO 500 Advanced Pathophysiology 2
Spring I
NUR 622 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 533 Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice 3
NUR 715 Technological Transformations of Healthcare 3
NUR 617/627A/627C Primary Care of the Family: Pediatric and Women's Health/Primary Care of Adults: Acute Management/Primary Care of Children: Acute Management (160 clinical hours) 4
Summer I
NUR 600 Primary Care Procedures 2
NUR 547/557A/557C Primary Care of the Family: Health Promotion/Primary Care of Adults: Health Promotion/Primary Care of Children: Health Promotion (160 clinical hours) 4
NUR 559 Role Development and Collaborative Strategies in Advanced Nursing Practice 2

Year 2

Fall II
NUR 710 Methods for Evidence Based Practice 3
NUR 730 Epidemiology 3
NUR 639/638A/638C Primary Care of the Family: Acute and Chronic Management/Primary Care of Adults: Chronic Management/Primary Care of Children: Chronic Management (160 clinical hours) 4
Spring II
NUR 793 DNP Project Development 3
NUR 725 Healthcare Policy and Economics 3
NUR 650 Specialty Focus Practicum (80 clinical hours) 2
Summer II
NUR 735 Fellowship I (180 clinical hours) 2
NUR 705 Organizational Leadership and Management 3
NUR 745 Leadership and Teaching Practice Strategies 3

Year 3

Fall III
NUR 791 DNP Project Implementation 3
NUR 738 Fellowship II (240 clinical hours) 3
Spring III
NUR 794 DNP Project Completion 3
NUR 739 Fellowship III (240 clinical hours) 3
Summer III
NUR 7XX Transitions to DNP Practice 3

Total Credit Hours: 73

Total Months: 36

Total Clinical Hours: 1220

Contact Information

Graduate Admissions Checklist

  1. Application: All non-traditional nursing students must complete the Union University School of Nursing's applications only. You are not required to apply to the university separately. NursingCAS AND Supplemental Application Packet (.pdf)
  2. Personal Statement: Complete the personal statement found on NursingCAS. Please provide a statement of professional goals. Topics to be included are:
    • Your reasons for seeking a clinical doctorate
    • Your plans to use this degree to transform your practice and the profession of nursing
    • A problem statement reflective of an issue in your practice you have identified as an opportunity for a practice inquiry project
    • How you have prepared for success in this program
  3. Application Fee: The application fee is $50 and is non-refundable. You have the option to pay online by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order with your paper application. The NursingCAS application fee is $65 and is non-refundable. You have the option to pay online via the NursingCAS website.
  4. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be submitted directly through NursingCAS. Please do not send transcripts for non-traditional nursing programs to Undergraduate Admissions. Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from previous academic institutions attended. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be sent to:
    • NursingCAS
      P.O. Box 9201
      Watertown, MA 02471
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of professional/academic reference specifying the applicant's capabilities for graduate study to include one letter of reference from the current supervisor. Letter of Recommendation forms are a part of the NuringCAS application.
  6. Provide proof of BSN degree completion, if applicable.
  7. Provide proof of current RN Licensure.
  8. Provide proof of Undergraduate Statistics.
  9. Submission of a Curriculum Vitae.
  10. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. All application documents must be received prior to the application deadlines. Incomplete applications will be considered ineligible for admission.

*Please allow 2-4 weeks after application packet has been submitted to be received in the Office of Admissions and up to 2 weeks to process application. Applicant will be notified by email when application has been processed.

*Upon acceptance into the program, the following items must be completed:

  • Current CPR Health Care Provider Certification
  • Immunization Records
  • Clear urine drug screen
  • Clear criminal background check
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