Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Earn Your DNP

Emory University is seeking highly qualified and developing nurse leaders for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

Requirements for Post-Master’s DNP admission include:

  • Master of Science in Nursing Degree from an accredited College or University
  • APRN certification as either an NP, CNM, CNS, CRNA or, an Masters in nursing administration or nursing informatics
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state(s) in which you will be completing your clinical training/project

Note: Applicants with a master’s degree in nursing education or similar non-APRN area may apply to the post-master’s certificate plus DNP program. 

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application 
  • A personal statement describing why you want to be a student in the Emory DNP program along with a brief statement of your project interests for practice, process, or systems-based health and healthcare improvement (500 words)
  • Resume or CV
  • Contact information for two professional references

At the discretion of the DNP Program Director, some students may be asked to provide additional information such as GRE Test Scores, or a portfolio which demonstrates an ability to be successful in a practice-focused program.

There are two tracks within the DNP Program, Health Systems Leadership (HSL) (total of 38 credit hours) and Population Health (PH) (total of 41 credit hours). The program includes 24 credits of core courses that all students are required to take and either HSL track courses (14 credits) or PH track courses (17 credits). Core and track DNP courses are based on the eight DNP essentials outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice AACN (2006). Students are required to come to on-campus sessions 3-4 weekends each semester. Full and part-time Plans of Study are available for both tracks.

Core Course Work

The core DNP coursework (24 credits) required for students in either track is as follows:

DNP Project Development I

2 credit hours

DNP Project Development II

1 credit hour

DNP Project Development III

5 credit hours

DNP Project

7 credit hours

Leadership for Health Professions

2 credit hours

Economic Principles of Health Care

2 credit hours

Business of Health Care: Finance

3 credit hours

Health Policy, Ethics and Law

2 credit hours

Total

24 credit hours

Plans of Study

Health Systems Leadership Track – Full-time 4 Semesters

Course

Fall (Semester 1)

 

NRSG 715D

DNP Project Development I

2

NRSG 596D

Economic Principles of Health Care

2

NRSG 589D

Leadership for Health Professions

2

NRSG 591D

Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

3

Total

9

 

Spring (Semester 2)

NRSG 716D

DNP Project Development II

1

NRSG 594D

Analytic Tools for Evidence-Based Decision-Making

3

NRSG 593D

Leading People to Transform Organizations

3

NRSG 599D

Business of Health Care: Finance

3

Total

10

Summer (Semester 3)

NRSG 717D

DNP Project Development III

5

NRSG 592D

Analysis of Complex Health Systems for Organizations

2

NRSG 610D

Analyzing, Evaluating & Translating Health Systems Evidence

3

Total

10

Fall (Semester 4)

NRSG 721D

DNP Project

7

NRSG 723D

Health Policy, Ethics and Law

2

Total

9

Total Program Hours

38

Population Health Track, Full-Time, 4 Semesters, 41 Credit Hours

Course

Fall (Semester 1)

 

NRSG 715D

DNP Project Development I

2

NRSG 723D

Health Policy, Ethics and Law

2

BIOS 503D

Introduction to Biostatics

2

NRSG 596D

Economic Principals of Health Care

2

NRSG 589D

Leadership for the Health Professions

2

Total

10

 

Spring (Semester 2)

 

NRSG 716D

DNP Project Development II

1

NRSG 599D

Business of Health Care: Finance

3

EPI 540D

Fundamentals of Epidemiology

2

PRS 580D

Research Design & Grant Preparation

2

PRS 530D or
PRS 532D

Qualitative Methods or
Quantitative Analysis

2

Total

10

 

Summer (Semester 3)

 

NRSG 717D

DNP Project Development III

5

NRSG 718D

Population Adaptive Solutions

1

PRS 540D

Conduct of Evaluation Research

2

BSHE 504D

Social Behavior in Public Health

2

Total

10

 

Fall (Semester 4)

 

NRSG 721D

DNP Project

7

PRS 505D

Integrated Communication Strategies

2

NRSG 720D

Collaboration & Transformation for Population Health

2

 

Total

11

 

Total Program Hours

41

This is a hybrid program with both online and face to face interaction during every semester. Each semester students and faculty will meet for three on-campus sessions.

What are On-Campus Sessions

On-Campus sessions will start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. The format will be business conference style with students attending class in the NHWSN building. Attire will be business casual for students and agendas will include: DNP student presentations, group work and special interactive presentations with renowned guest speakers. On-campus sessions may also include advising as needed. 

On-campus sessions will take place on the followings days*:

Spring 2016
January 16
February 27
April 2 

*Dates are subject to change.

See the faces of the next generation of nurse leaders who will change the face of health care on the Emory Nursing DNP Student Profiles page.
Applications for the DNP Program for Fall 2016 are now being accepted.
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DNP Deadlines

Round 1* - OCTOBER 15

Round 2** - DECEMBER 15

Round 3 - JANUARY 30

Round 4 - MARCH 15

  *Priority Deadline for admission, scholarships, and financial aid

**Final deadline for merit-based scholarships

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