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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The South College Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program is designed to develop transformational nurse leaders to meet the needs of the global nursing community. This DNP program seeks to assist in your continued development as a nurse with the knowledge and skills to provide the highest quality health care for patients, families, communities, and populations.

 

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Degree Features

Doctor of Nursing Degree Requirements

  1. Program Duration

    18 months for full-time BSN-to-DNP students
    17 months for full-time Post-Master’s-to-DNP students

  2. Financial Aid

    Available for qualified applicants

  3. Location

    Online

Financial Aid

Financial aid, offered through a variety of government, state, and local programs, grants, and scholarships, is available to those who qualify. To learn more about the financing options available to help you pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a Concentration in Nurse Executive, contact us today.

 

 

Industry Outlook

Knowledgeable and skilled nursing leaders will be essential to the healthcare field as the global nursing community continues to grow. As leaders, nurse executives are relied on to guide nursing teams and organizations in adapting to changing healthcare processes and policies, improving patient outcomes, and providing an overall higher level of patient care.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Program Overview

The DNP program includes a set of core courses designed to focus on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) DNP essentials The total credits hours for the DNP program varies by concentration and whether admitted post-BSN or post-MSN. Didactic courses are completed via distance education and includes asynchronous and/or synchronous formats depending on concentration using the learning management system Canvas in order to provide a quality, rigorous, and yet flexible learning experience for a diverse student body. Online didactic courses are supplemented by lecture presentations prepared and delivered by clinicians, researchers, and academicians in the nursing profession today. Faculty incorporate interactive online learning activities including, but not limited to, required readings, forum-based discussions, online quizzes and exams, and evidence-based reviews to develop critical thinking/reasoning and professional communication with peers and faculty. Students in the Nurse Anesthesia concentration are intermittently required to come to Knoxville for face-to-face instruction in complex lecture topics, skills, labs, and/or simulation training.

South College

Accreditation

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING, MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING, DOCTOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING, POST-GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

State Authorization (Asheville, Atlanta, Knoxville, Nashville, Orlando)

The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Parkside Learning Site (Knoxville) received initial approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in December 2003, with full approval granted in September 2008. Approval for the addition of the Nashville Learning Site was granted in November 2016. The Master of Science in Nursing program received approval in November 2016. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program received approval in February 2020. The Post-Graduate Certificate programs received approval in August 2021. The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Asheville Learning Site received initial approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing in February 2016, with full approval granted in May 2019. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Atlanta Learning Site received initial approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing in September 2018. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Orlando Learning Site received initial approval from the Florida Board of Nursing in November 2021.

Programmatic Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Post-Graduate APRN Certificate programs offered at South College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 (https://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE). The South College DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program was granted initial accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) effective October 13, 2021. The address for COA is: 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL 60018-5603, Phone number: 224-275-9130, website address: http://www.coacrna.org. Additionally, during the same October 2021accreditation meeting, the COA granted the following two items for the South College DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program: (1) Approval of Distance Education Courses, and (2) Approval of Waiver of Graduate Degree Requirement.

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