Post-MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice - Online


The Post-MSN to DNP programs are offered online and address the most contemporary aspects of expert clinical practice and in-depth knowledge and experience in leadership, health systems design and evaluation, evidence-based practice, health policy, and applied research. The programs are designed for current APRNs who wish to further their clinical expertise in their current specialty area. In these programs, a practice improvement project will be implemented with oversight from faculty. Additional information regarding the program can be found at the MUSC College of Nursing website.

Program Option

Advanced Practice Nursing

The Post-MSN to DNP program is designed for current APRNs who wish to further their clinical expertise in their current specialty area and attain the terminal degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice. To best meet the needs of the working advanced practice nurse, our courses are delivered through an accessible, asynchronous online format. 

Post-MSN APN graduates do not qualify for certification in an APRN specialty area because the DNP degree is an academic degree that is distinct and separate from the certification process. 


Applicants to the APN program must have the following:

  • Unencumbered, active advanced practice nursing (APRN) license in state where practicums will be conducted
  • Evidence of a current practice in APRN scope where DNP project can be implemented
  • Evidence of national certification in advanced practice specialty
  • 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 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework (official transcripts for all post-secondary school coursework are required)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a nationally accredited program
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a nationally accredited program
  • Undergraduate or graduate statistics course
  • Graduates from nurse practitioner (NP) programs other than MUSC must provide verification of the amount of supervised clinical hours from the applicant’s graduate program

* Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) can apply to the APN program if seeking a doctorate degree in their CNS specialty. A CNS who is interested in becoming a Nurse Practitioner must apply to the Post-BSN to DNP program.

*Post-MSN Nurse Educators, Post-MSN Nurse Administrators, and CRNAs are not eligible to apply for the APN program, but can apply to the Post-BSN to DNP program.

Applicants must submit official transcripts, a resume or CV, essay, and references to complete the application. GRE scores are not required for this program. 

Application Process

  1. Complete an application through NursingCAS (Nursing Centralized Application Service).
  2. Submit official transcripts from ALL colleges attended through NursingCAS.
  3. Complete an essay within NursingCAS.
  4. Upload a resume or CV within NursingCAS.
  5. Provide three references from professionals knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic and nursing leadership potential within NursingCAS.
  6. All application materials within NursingCAS must be received and verified by the posted application deadline. Please note that once your application is in complete status with NursingCAS, it can take several weeks for it to be verified. We recommend that you apply early. 
  7. Complete a separate supplemental university application through Enrollment Management at MUSC by the posted deadline.

In addition to the application itself, applicants must review supplemental 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. 

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type  Available Deadline 
Fall 2020  Regular July 1, 2019 March 15, 2020
Fall 2021  Regular  Aug 15, 2020  Feb 15, 2021 

Admissions decisions for the Post-MSN to DNP programs are made on a rolling basis.

Additional Considerations

TOEFL Scores

The score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all applicants whose native language is not English. A TOEFL score of at least 80 is required.

International Applicants

MUSC College of Nursing degree programs are unable to admit international students requiring an F-1 visa. Applications will only be accepted from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or those holding other valid nonimmigrant visa classifications that allow participation in lawful study while in the United States.

State Authorization

MUSC College of Nursing online programs are approved to offer distance education to students in all SARA states and California.  Additional information can be found here.

Out-of-state Clinical Experiences

Out-of-state applicants and students are responsible for contacting their State Board of Nursing to determine any requirements that are needed in order to complete clinical rotations as a distance student. The NCSBN provides a quick search of Prelicensure Distance Education Requirements per state. Students should notify their Program Director upon entry if there are requirements that our school must complete for Board of Nursing approval. Currently, we cannot accept applications from students from Washington, Arizona, and Louisiana.