Alabama DNP Programs

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Alabama DNP Programs

According to the AACN, Alabama currently offers 6 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. The DNP is the highest level of nursing degree related to the practice of nursing. The difference between the DNP and PhD is the former's emphasis on direct care compared to the latter's emphasis on research.

The missions of Alabama DNP programs bare many similarities. All are concerned with teaching students excellence in patient care and to promote leadership and autonomy.


Many programs in Alabama are open to post-BSN and post-MSN applicants. Some have slightly different requirements for these two entry points. For example, Troy University requires post-BSN applicants to score at least 294 on the GRE, while post-MSN candidates are exempt from this requirement. Most Alabama DNP programs require at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA from an accredited program, with some programs, such a Samford University's, requiring as high as 3.5. Other admissions requirements include an unencumbered nursing license, interview, resume, essay, and letters of recommendation.

Many Alabama DNP programs offer both a summer and fall start. Application deadlines are typically around February 1st for the fall. The University of Alabama also offers a fall start to the program, to which candidates must apply by November 1st.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The programs range in length and post-BSN applicants must complete additional credit requirements. Troy University, for example, offers a post-MSN curriculum that ranges from 35-39 credit hours. Samford University's program is similar in length, ranging from 37-39 credit hours, which can be completed in one year by full-time students and 2 years by part-time students.


Tuition varies for in-state and out-of-state students and by program. This information is subject to change.

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Other Schools with DNP Programs in Alabama

Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
University of South Alabama
307 North University Blvd #2000
Mobile, AL 36688
Troy University
P.O. Drawer 4419
Montgomery, AL 36103
Troy University
601 University Avenue
Troy, AL 36081

Alabama Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (AL)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most Alabama DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Alabama DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Alabama, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there are strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Alabama educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Alabama Board of Nursing to find out more about how Alabama recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Alabama schools current The University of Alabama in Huntsville - DNP Program entrance requirements.

Online DNP Programs for Alabama Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Alabama, more and more Alabama higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Alabama to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Alabama nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvment in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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