Georgia DNP Programs

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Georgia DNP Programs

Georgia recently began featuring the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in colleges and universities across the state. Currently, there are five DNP programs in Georgia, though this number is likely to grow in the future as the DNP is likely to replace the MSN in advanced practice.

The common mission in Georgia DNP programs is to prepare nurses to lead healthcare innovation and policy transformation. These clinical-focused degrees aim to promote excellence in care, and often stress evidenced-based practice.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are stricter in some programs than in others, but there are many similarities. Applicants must have a master's degree from an accredited program and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, or in some cases 3.2. Official transcripts must be submitted for review. The programs also often require an unencumbered RN or advanced practice license and certification, letters of recommendation or professional references, current resumes, a writing sample and statement of professional goals, and an interview. GRE or MAT scores are required for some programs, such as Georgia Southern University's.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The DNP programs offered in Georgia all currently require a master's degree for entry. Georgia Southern University, which offers an online DNP program, states that it plans to offer the BSN to DNP pathway in the future. The program curriculums range from 37-50 credit hours, depending on the college or university. Mercer University, for example, offers either a five or eight-semester curriculum that is 41 credit hours, with the option to complete an extra 9 credits of nurse educator courses. Georgia College, which also offers the degree online, has a 37 credit curriculum. The programs also require a clinical component.


Tuition varies between programs, and for residents and non-residents. The cost to attend Brenau University is currently $851 per credit hour. Mercer University does not list tuition by credit hour, but states that the current cost for an 8-11 credit semester is $10,177.

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Georgia State Board of Licensed Practical Nurses
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
Phone: (478) 207-1640
Fax: (478) 207-1633

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Macon, GA 31217-3858
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Other Schools with DNP Programs in Georgia

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341
Georgia Health Sciences University
1120 15th Street
Atlanta, GA 30912
Medical College of Georgia
1120 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30912
Brenau University
1866 Southern Lane
Gainesville, GA 30033
Georgia Southern University
1332 Southern Drive
Statesboro, GA 30458

Georgia Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (GA)

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 Georgia 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.

Georgia DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Georgia, 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 is 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 Georgia educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Georgia Board of Nursing to find out more about how Georgia recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Georgia schools current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for Georgia Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Georgia, more and more Georgia 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 Georgia 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, Georgia 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 involvement 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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