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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.
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.