Below you'll find a list of all of the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs available in Georgia.
Full List of Programs
In addition to being the first Doctor of Nursing Program offered in Georgia, the DNP program at Georgia Regents College has seven degree tracks for post BSN and post MSN study. The post MSN option (without concentration) is designed for RNs with a master's degree in nursing and current certification as advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, or nurse anesthetists, or certified as nurse executives). RNs with an MSN degree but without APRN certification, as well as students entering the post BSN program, can choose from the following concentration areas: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. This CCNE-accredited program is offered online and can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.
BSN required for:
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Brenau University has two degree options available - Advanced Practical Nurse (DNP) and Leadership and Management (DNP). Applicants to either degree option must hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, an Advanced Practice Nursing certificate, and a current nursing license. Applicants with a non-nursing master's degree will be considered on a case-to-case basis. Experience as an advanced practice nurse in direct care or in a leadership role (at least 12 months) is also required for acceptance to the program. The university's DNP program is delivered in a hybrid format; classes meet approximately one Saturday per month on campus, with a majority of the courses delivered online.
Georgia College & State University
The DNP program at Georgia College & State University can be completed within five semesters of full-time study. However, students have the option of pursuing the program on a part-time basis. Courses are offered 100 percent online, with students only required to attend a two-week, on-site immersion experience each year. The curriculum includes coursework in Healthcare Policy, Ethics, and Politics, Statistical Methods - Healthcare Research, and Addressing Health Needs of Vulnerable Populations. This post-master's DNP program is accredited by the CCNE. Students are required to complete a capstone project in order to graduate from the program. This project is defined by the student's interests and based on their professional field of practice.
Georgia Southern University
The Post-MSN APN Doctor of Nursing Practice offered at Georgia Southern University is an eight-semester online program. The training curriculum includes administration of nursing systems, development and implementation of health policy, direct care of individual patients, and management of care for individuals and populations. With additional coursework in education and pedagogy, students enrolled in the DNP program can earn a Nursing Education Certificate, which prepares them for careers as teachers in nursing schools. The university also offers a BSN to DNP program with an MSN exit option. Students may exit with an MSN degree after completing specialty courses and becoming eligible for national certification as Family or Mental Health Nurse Practitioners.
Georgia State University
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Georgia State University is a post-master's degree that requires applicants to hold a current and unrestricted RN license in their state of residency and/or practice. Current advanced practice nurse certification is also required for CNS, NP, CNRA, and CNM applicants. The curriculum includes coursework in the following subject areas: Evidence-based Practice, Health Care Technologies, Basics of Financial Management in Health Care Organization, and Health & Law, Vulnerable Populations & Disparities. Students are required to complete a capstone project in order to graduate from the program.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing is CCNE-accredited. It focuses on three practice categories: direct care for individual clients, health care for communities and populations, and health care management. The majority of the courses for the DNP degree are offered online. Individuals who wish to be considered for the program must hold an unencumbered RN license, have an MSN, and advanced practice national certification and/or national certification as a nurse administrator/nurse executive, or the eligibility to sit for these exams. Students accepted to the DNP program at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing are required to complete a DNP Scholarly Project in order to graduate.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at South University offers two areas of specialization - Administration and Leadership. In addition to core foundation courses, the DNP-Administration curriculum includes classes in Healthcare Structure, Organization and Governance, Public Health Organization and Management, and Quality Performance and Management. Coursework for students who choose to pursue the DNP-Leadership program includes Leadership, Organization Theory and Change, International Leadership, and Coaching and Professional Development. South University's DNP program follows a hybrid format of delivery for both programs. Students have to complete a clinical field experience as well as a capstone project in order to graduate from the program.