RN to D.N.P.

A Doctoral Program For Associate Degree Nurses

Ida Moffett School of Nursing is proud to offer a true online RN to D.N.P. program in which you do not earn a B.S.N. or M.S.N. degree. Through the RN to D.N.P. option, the school of nursing provides experienced registered nurses who currently hold an associate of science in nursing or a hospital diploma with the opportunity to earn a D.N.P. through a nontraditional path. Students in the RN to D.N.P. program can pursue a Family Nurse Practitioner, Dual Nurse Practitioner (Family/Emergency), Nursing Administration or Informatics and Analytics concentration. The RN to D.N.P. program begins once each year in January.

The RN to D.N.P. option consists of five bridge courses, which can be completed in two semesters. Successful completion of all five bridge courses must be accomplished in order to progress to the D.N.P. core courses. When taken full time and in sequence, the RN to D.N.P. option takes 12 semesters to complete. General education courses may be completed at another university prior to enrolling in the RN to D.N.P. program.

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Why Samford?

  • Earn a D.N.P. degree online in 12 semesters with only four required campus visits
  • Participate in cutting edge, web-based learning with clinical and practicum experiences close to home
  • Access all coursework and resources anywhere, anytime from any internet-connected electronic device
  • Receive personal attention from caring and supportive Samford faculty and advisors
  • Experience a rich tradition of high academic standards and quality education practice

Admission Requirements and Criteria

RN to D.N.P. Admission Deadline

Entry month: January
Slate Application Deadline: August 1

RN to D.N.P. Admission Criteria

RN to D.N.P. applicants should meet the following criteria:
  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
  • Associate of Science in Nursing from CNEA or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) and regionally accredited program or hospital diploma
  • Completion of a minimum of 72 hours of college credit
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in nursing courses
  • A video interview submission (a link to this site will be provided after application has been submitted)
  • Completion of required general education prerequisites
  • If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $750 is required to secure admission into the program. This fee is applied to the first semester's tuition.
  • International applicants (applicants who are not United States citizens or Permanent Residents) must contact the director of graduate student services for detailed program requirements.
  • American citizens or Permanent Residents who learned English as a second language must score at least 575 (paper) or 90 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Should any of the above conditions not be met, the applicant may be considered on an individual basis.

Application Process

Applications to the RN to D.N.P. program are submitted online through Slate.

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Transcripts can be sent electronically to admission@samford.edu or by mail to:

Office of Admission
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Plans of Study and Clinical Requirements

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