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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Distance Education Information

MUSC has been approved by South Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Currently, MUSC accepts applications to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program from students who live in all states.

To learn more please see the Office of Institutional Effectiveness' State Authorization page.

Description

For the individual who is currently a registered nurse with at least a BSN, the College of Nursing offers the following programs of study.

Please note that official immunization records will be required of all students prior to participation in the clinical portions of this program.

Choose a program

Post BSN to DNP
For BSN prepared registered nurses seeking a MSN and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Post MSN to DNP - Advanced Practice Nurse
For MSN prepared Advanced Practice registered nurses seeking a Doctor of Nursing Practice.  

Post BSN to DNP

Description

For baccalaureate prepared registered nurses seeking a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Requirements

Information and requirements can be found at the MUSC Bulletin or MUSC College of Nursing website.

Choose a Program

Adult Gerontology Health Nurse Practitioner Post-baccalaureate Degree

Family Nurse Practitioner Post-baccalaureate Degree

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Post-baccalaureate Degree

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-baccalaureate Degree


Post BSN to DNP: Adult Gerontology Health Nurse Practitioner Post-baccalaureate Degree

Description

A doctor of nursing practice degree program for baccalaureate prepared registered nurses with specialization as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner. This program prepares graduates who will practice at the highest clinical level. DNP graduates demonstrate expertise in advanced clinical nursing practice, clinical scholarship and analytical methods to improve patient care. Expertise in quality improvement, leadership, collaboration, health care policy and finance is developed. This clinically focused graduate program prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the health care needs of adolescents and adults including populations with gerontology and palliative care needs. Upon completion, graduates are awarded the MSN and DNP degrees and are eligible to seek national certification as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner.

Requirements

  1. Complete an application through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) https://www.nursingcas.org/ AND a separate supplemental university application through Enrollment Management at MUSC.
  2. Transcripts from ALL colleges attended must be submitted through NursingCAS.
  3. All application materials must be verified and received by the posted application deadline. Please note that once your application is in complete status with NursingCAS, it still takes several weeks for it to be verified. We recommend that you apply early.

Applicants to the program must have the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited program
  • Preferred nursing GPA of 3.0 (Applicants who attended a program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be a competitive applicant)
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate statistics course
  • Unencumbered, active registered nurse (RN) license in state where practicums will be conducted

Information and requirements can be found at the MUSC Bulletin or MUSC College of Nursing website.

International Applicants

Due to the distance-education nature of this program, MUSC is unable to issue- I-20 forms to allow students to obtain F-1 student visas. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those holding other valid U.S. visas will be accepted.

Application Process

In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete supplemental reference materials specific to the program to which they are applying. These forms are provided via email once an application has been submitted. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each post-secondary school attended and all materials must be received by the application deadline. These forms are available in PDF format within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted.  

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2020 Regular July 1, 2019 January 15, 2020

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Post BSN to DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner Post-baccalaureate Degree

Description

A doctor of nursing practice degree program for baccalaureate prepared registered nurses with specialization as a family nurse practitioner. This program prepares graduates who will practice at the highest clinical level. DNP graduates demonstrate expertise in advanced clinical nursing practice, clinical scholarship and analytical methods to improve patient care. Expertise in quality improvement, leadership, collaboration, health care policy and finance is developed. This clinically focused graduate program prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the health care needs of individuals throughout the life-span in a variety of ambulatory settings. Upon completion, graduates are awarded the MSN and DNP degrees and are eligible to seek national certification as a family primary care nurse practitioner

Requirements

  1. Complete an application through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) https://www.nursingcas.org/ AND a separate supplemental university application through Enrollment Management at MUSC.
  2. Transcripts from ALL colleges attended must be submitted through NursingCAS.
  3. All application materials must be verified and received by the posted application deadline. Please note that once your application is in complete status with NursingCAS, it still takes several weeks for it to be verified. We recommend that you apply early.

Applicants to the program must have the following:

  • Preferred nursing GPA of 3.0
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited program
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 (Applicants who attended a program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be a competitive applicant)
  • Undergraduate statistics course
  • Unencumbered, active registered nurse (RN) license in state where practicums will be conducted

Information and requirements can be found at the MUSC Bulletin or MUSC College of Nursing website.

International Applicants

Due to the distance-education nature of this program, MUSC is unable to issue- I-20 forms to allow students to obtain F-1 student visas. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those holding other valid U.S. visas will be accepted.

Application Process

In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete supplemental reference materials specific to the program to which they are applying. These forms are available in PDF format within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each post-secondary school attended and all materials must be received by the application deadline.

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2020 Regular July 1, 2019 January 15, 2020

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Post BSN to DNP: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Post-baccalaureate Degree

Description

A doctor of nursing practice degree program for baccalaureate prepared registered nurses with specialization as a pediatric nurse practitioner. This program prepares graduates who will practice at the highest clinical level. DNP graduates demonstrate expertise in advanced clinical nursing practice, clinical scholarship and analytical methods to improve patient care. Expertise in quality improvement, leadership, collaboration, health care policy and finance is developed. This clinically focused graduate program prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the health care needs of infants, children, and adolescents in the contemporary health care system. Upon completion, graduates are awarded the MSN and DNP degrees and are eligible to seek national certification as a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner.

Requirements

  1. Complete an application through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) https://www.nursingcas.org/ AND a separate supplemental university application through Enrollment Management at MUSC.
  2. Transcripts from ALL colleges attended must be submitted through NursingCAS.
  3. All application materials must be verified and received by the posted application deadline. Please note that once your application is in complete status with NursingCAS, it still takes several weeks for it to be verified. We recommend that you apply early.

Applicants to the program must have the following:

  • Preferred nursing GPA of 3.0 (Applicants who attended a program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be a competitive applicant)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited program
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate statistics course
  • Unencumbered, active registered nurse (RN) license in state where practicums will be conducted

Information and requirements can be found at the MUSC Bulletin or MUSC College of Nursing website.

International Applicants

Due to the distance-education nature of this program, MUSC is unable to issue- I-20 forms to allow students to obtain F-1 student visas. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those holding other valid U.S. visas will be accepted.

Application Process

In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete supplemental reference materials specific to the program to which they are applying. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each post-secondary school attended and all materials must be received by the application deadline. These forms are available in PDF format within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted.

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2020 Regular July 1, 2019 January 15, 2020

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Post BSN to DNP: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-baccalaureate Degree

Description

A doctor of nursing practice degree program for baccalaureate prepared registered nurses with specialization as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). This program prepares graduates who will practice at the highest clinical level. DNP graduates demonstrate expertise in advanced clinical nursing practice, clinical scholarship and analytical methods to improve patient care. Expertise in quality improvement, leadership, collaboration, health care policy and finance is developed. The PMHNP provides lifespan primary mental health care to individuals, families and populations who are at risk and/or have a behavioral health disorder or problem. They also care for patients seeking mental health services in a wide range of settings including clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, substance abuse centers and recovery programs.  Upon completion, graduates are awarded the MSN and DNP degrees and are eligible to seek national certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Requirements

  1. Complete an application through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) https://www.nursingcas.org/ AND a separate supplemental university application through Enrollment Management at MUSC.
  2. Transcripts from ALL colleges attended must be submitted through NursingCAS.
  3. All application materials must be verified and received by the posted application deadline. Please note that once your application is in complete status with NursingCAS, it still takes several weeks for it to be verified. We recommend that you apply early.

Applicants to the program must have the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited program
  • Preferred nursing GPA of 3.0 (Applicants who attended a program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be a competitive applicant)
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate statistics course
  • Unencumbered, active registered nurse (RN) license in state where practicums will be conducted

Information and requirements can be found at the MUSC Bulletin or MUSC College of Nursing website.

International Applicants

Due to the distance-education nature of this program, MUSC is unable to issue- I-20 forms to allow students to obtain F-1 student visas. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those holding other valid U.S. visas will be accepted.

Application Process

In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete supplemental reference materials specific to the program to which they are applying. These forms are provided via email once an application has been submitted. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each post-secondary school attended and all materials must be received by the application deadline. These forms are available in PDF format within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted.  

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2020 Regular July 1, 2019 January 15, 2020

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Post MSN to DNP - Advanced Practice Nurse

Description

A doctor of nursing practice degree option for master’s prepared advanced practice nurses. This program prepares graduates who will practice at the highest clinical level. DNP graduates demonstrate expertise in advanced clinical nursing practice, clinical scholarship and analytical methods to improve patient care. Expertise in quality improvement, leadership, collaboration, health care policy and finance is developed.

Requirements

  1. Complete an application through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) https://www.nursingcas.org/ AND a separate supplemental university application through Enrollment Management at MUSC.
  2. Transcripts from ALL colleges attended must be submitted through NursingCAS.
  3. All application materials must be verified and received by the posted application deadline. Please note that once your application is in complete status with NursingCAS, it still takes several weeks for it to be verified. We recommend that you apply early.

Applicants to the program must have the following:

  • Preferred nursing GPA of 3.0 (Applicants who attended a program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be a competitive applicant)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited program
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a nationally accredited program and evidence of credentialing within the applicant's specialty, if appropriate, otherwise submission of a professional portfolio documenting evidence of applicant's area of expertise
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework (official transcripts for all post-secondary school coursework are required)
  • Graduates from nurse practitioner (NP) programs other than MUSC must provide written verification of clinical hours from the NP program director
  • Unencumbered, active registered nurse (APRN) license in state where practicums will be conducted
  • Evidence of national certification in advanced practice specialty
  • Post-MSN Nurse Educators are not eligible to apply for Post-MSN entry, but can apply for Post-BSN entry
  • Post MSN Nurse Administrators can apply for Post-MSN entry with submission of a professional portfolio documenting evidence of applicant's area of expertise and supervised clinical hours
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) can apply for Post-MSN entry if seeking a doctorate degree in their CNS specialty. A CNS who is interested in becoming a Nurse Practitioner must apply for Post-BSN entry in one of the three focus areas: Adult-Gerontology, Pediatric or Family
  • CRNAs cannot apply to the program

Information and requirements can be found at the MUSC Bulletin or MUSC College of Nursing website.

International Applicants

Due to the distance-education nature of this program, MUSC is unable to issue- I-20 forms to allow students to obtain F-1 student visas. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those holding other valid U.S. visas will be accepted.

Application Process

In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete supplemental reference materials specific to the program to which they are applying. These forms are available in PDF format within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each post-secondary school attended and all materials must be received by the application deadline.

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2020 Regular July 1, 2019 January 15, 2020

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