The BSN to DNP pathway offers a course for nurses with a BSN or generalist MSN degree to achieve the highest level of nursing practice, and all the personal, financial and professional benefits a doctoral degree confers.
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The post-baccalaureate DNP pathway (BSN to DNP) has six distinct tracks available:
The DNP program at the UVA School of Nursing builds upon the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice as ratified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The DNP is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.
Graduates of the various tracks are eligible for the following national certification exams:
To be considered for the post-baccalaureate DNP pathway, applicants must submit a completed application and:
Note: Applicants should have at least two years of full-time RN experience before entering the program.
Submission of GRE scores is optional. If you wish to submit your scores, UVA's Institutional Code is R-5820. The School of Nursing accepts GRE scores that are more than five years old (please submit a copy of the student report).
A competitive candidate for admission would have the following at the time of application:
Candidates with generalist MSN degrees (CNL, nursing education, informatics, etc.) should apply to the BSN to DNP pathway. Enrolling students may petition to transfer up to 12 credits from their prior MSN degree to the DNP.
Students applying for or enrolled in either DNP or PhD programs may apply for the Virginia Doctoral Nursing Student Loan Assistance Repayment Program administered by UVA. Full-time doctoral students are eligible to borrow up to $25,000 per year during the coursework phase of their programs (years 1 and 2), loans that are cancelled if a teaching position at a public or private nursing program in Virginia for four years (two years of teaching for each year of loan) is assumed after graduation.
Additionally, DNP students are eligible for other School of Nursing-specific aid (teaching assistantships, scholarships, nurse traineeship funds, and the Nurse Faculty Loan Program); Visit our tuition & financial aid website for more information.
All graduate nursing students are required to have a laptop. Information about these requirements will be sent to enrolling students before classes begin.
The length of time requires to complete the program depends on several factors: whether you have a BSN or MSN degree; whether you are a full-time/part-time student; the number of practica hours required; and your final scholarly project. Full-time students with a BSN degree can complete the DNP pathway in 33 months; students in the combined Adult-Gerontology Acute Care CNS and NP can complete the program in 36 months. Part-time students should complete the program in 5-6 years. Students are encouraged to discuss concepts for the capstone project early in their study, and could incorporate elements of the project in their clinical preceptorship.
The American Academy of Colleges of Nursing mandates that all DNP graduates complete at least 1,000 hours of precepted clinical experiences in their specialty area. DNP faculty mentors help students create individualized clinical plans to meet their professional, specialty and geographic goals.
Clinical requirements do not need to be met at the UVA Medical Center; the School has existing clinical contracts across the Commonwealth and beyond and students may also ‘bring their own’ clinical sites from the area or outside of Virginia (those wishing to establish new practica sites must communicate their intentions to faculty mentors well in advance to meet the two to three months it takes to establish new contractual arrangements). Clinical/practicum activities are generally conducted within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Clinical/practice activities may be conducted in a different state as long as that state participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. A list of participating states is accessible online.