South Carolina DNP Programs

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South Carolina DNP Programs

Those looking to pursue an advanced degree in nursing should look into what the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree can offer. These degrees are designed for those individuals who are interested in advanced study of all clinical aspects of nursing, ranging from caring for patients to administration and policy. DNP programs in South Carolina will prepare nurses to take on an increased level of responsibility and leadership, and to help bridge the gap left by a decreasing number of physicians.

Admission Requirements

There are 2 schools that offer DNP programs in the state of South Carolina: Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina. Typical application requirements for these programs include:

  • Having a BSN or MSN degree
  • Having a nursing GPA of at least 3.0
  • Submitting official nursing school transcripts
  • Having passed an undergraduate statistics course
  • Holding an active RN license
  • Submitting letters of recommendation
  • Submitting a resume or CV
  • Writing an essay
  • Being interviewed by school faculty

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Both programs have different requirements to obtain a DNP. At the University of South Carolina, for example, a DNP student must:

  • Take a minimum of 67-75 hours if he or she has a BSN or 33 hours if he or she has an MSN
  • Complete a graduate residency of at least 18 graduates hours for 3 consecutive semesters
  • Chose and complete a clinical specialty area
  • Complete a DNP final project
  • Finish the program in less than 10 years
  • Complete at least 500 clinical hours (if the individual has an MSN degree) or 1,000 hours (if the individual has a BSN degree)
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA in all required classes

DNP programs can often be at least partially completed online.

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University of South Carolina
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801
Medical University of South Carolina
171 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

South Carolina Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (SC)

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 South Carolina 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.

South Carolina DNP Degree Prerequisites

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

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

Online DNP Programs for South Carolina Nurses

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