Doctor of Nursing Practice
The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program of study is to build upon the foundation of advanced nursing practice to prepare nurses for clinical and organizational leadership in healthcare and to propose solutions for the improvement of healthcare outcomes for individuals and for society.
The DNP Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduate will:
- Engage in clinical scholarship using best available evidence, theoretical practice knowledge, and analytic methods to translate evidence into improved patient outcomes.
- Integrate information technology and principles of finance and epidemiology into improvement processes that foster quality care for populations and systems.
- Apply leadership and advocacy skills to influence equitable and ethical health policy.
- Employ effective communication, collaboration, and consultation skills within teams to influence change in healthcare and complex healthcare delivery systems.
- Evidence complex clinical reasoning, situated cognition, and conceptual analysis skills in the design and implementation of therapeutic interventions in complex healthcare situations.
Delivery of the program is in hybrid online format with both synchronous and asynchronous classes. Scholarship support is available for students who meet early application deadlines and designated criteria. GBCN tuition combined with scholarship support is competitive with Georgia state school tuition prices.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program offers the following options.
- For Registered Nurses who have master's degree in nursing and are currently certified as an advanced practice nurses, i.e. nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives or nurse anesthetists or are certified as nurse executives/nurse administrators.
- A generalist DNP with the addition of the AGACNP. For Registered Nurses who have a master's degree in nursing and are currently certified as an advanced practice nurses, i.e. nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives or nurse anesthetists. Graduates are prepared to meet requirements to sit for the certification examination under the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) specific specialties and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) examination for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.
- For Registered Nurses who completed a BSN degree program and desire to complete a DNP with a FNP certification. Full-time students earn a MSN at semester seven, which prepares them to meet requirements to sit for the certification examination under the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) specific specialties and/or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) examination for Family Nurse Practitioner.
Graduate Statistics Course
Whether you want to enter one of our doctoral programs or attend another College, often a recent graduate level statistics class is required. Students who are accepted into one of the nursing doctoral programs are automatically considered for placement in the graduate-level statistics course.
Those applicants interested in academic teaching may qualify for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funding through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). This funding is available to qualified nursing students enrolled in the graduate education which includes coursework in nursing education. Funding can be applied towards tuition and fees. Applicants interested in this option are encouraged to speak with the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Dr. Dare Domico.