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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the University of North Georgia provides an advanced nursing degree to registered nurses with a master's degree seeking a terminal practice doctorate. The DNP represents the preferred educational preparation for advanced practice nurses as recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Students have the option to complete an area of concentration in nursing education or executive leadership for those desiring to pursue a career in academic or clinical education or nursing administration. The DNP program is delivered online with minimal campus visits.

Application & Supporting Documents Deadline

Fall - Extended to July 1
Note: All application materials are to be received prior to the deadline. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program will review all completed applications after the application deadline.

Program Quick Facts

  • Online program, with minimal campus visits required
  • Program length 38 credit hours
  • 5 semesters (full-time) or 8 semesters (part-time)
  • Minimum 2 years RN experience is required
  • Current employment in a healthcare related field is required
  • No entrance test required
Select Your Student Type for Requirements and Application Steps

Degree Seeking Regular

Requirements

  • Registered Nurse with one of the following: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); Master of Science (M.S.) with nursing concentration; Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a master’s degree in another healthcare-related field, from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited school of nursing. 
  • Grade point average of 3.25 (4.0 scale) on all graduate-level coursework calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • Current, unencumbered RN license in the state of residence and/or practice.
  • Minimum of two years RN experience with current employment in a healthcare-related field.
  • Required supplemental documents
    • Current curriculum vitae or resume
    • Copy of current, RN license in the state of residence and/or practice
    • One to two page personal statement addressing career goals related to the DNP degree and intended area of focus for the DNP project
    • Three letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable of the applicant's professional, intellectual and academic abilities. If graduated in the last five years, one letter must be from an academic reference.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all undergraduate and graduate level coursework.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions. Please request a transcript from each institution attended.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Depending on the transcript service you are using, grads@ung.edu may not be an available option. You may then select any admissions or undergraduate admissions @ung.edu address. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a Master of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average. Applicants who have received degrees outside of the United States may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants will be notified if a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required. If required, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date. Required minimum scores are, TOEFL internet based - 79, TOEFL computer based test - 213, TOEFL paper based test - 550, IELTS - 6.5.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Degree Seeking Provisional

Students who do not meet the regular admission criteria may be granted provisional admission if they achieve the minimum GPA required for provisional status provided there is space available in a particular cohort.

Requirements

  • Registered Nurse with one of the following: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); Master of Science (M.S.) with nursing concentration; Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a master’s degree in another healthcare-related field, from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited school of nursing.
  • Current, unencumbered RN license in the state of residence and/or practice.
  • Minimum of two years RN experience with current employment in a healthcare-related field.
  • Required supplemental documents
    • Current curriculum vitae or resume
    • Copy of current, RN license in the state of residence and/or practice
    • One to two page personal statement addressing career goals related to the DNP degree and intended area of focus for the DNP project
    • Three letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable of the applicant's professional, intellectual and academic abilities. If graduated in the last five years, one letter must be from an academic reference.
Provisional degree-seeking students
  • may register for a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit.
  • will be reviewed to determine eligibility for regular admission following completion of the first semester enrolled.
  • are not eligible for federal financial aid while enrolled in courses as a provisional student.
  • will not be allowed to continue in the program if a grade of C or lower is earned in any graduate course.
  • may apply for readmission after three semesters from the date removed from the program because of a deficient grade by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions with a letter addressed to the program coordinator requesting readmission.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all undergraduate and graduate level coursework.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions. Please request a transcript from each institution attended.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Depending on the transcript service you are using, grads@ung.edu may not be an available option. You may then select any admissions or undergraduate admissions @ung.edu address. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a Master of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average. Applicants who have received degrees outside of the United States may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants will be notified if a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required. If required, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date. Required minimum scores are, TOEFL internet based - 79, TOEFL computer based test - 213, TOEFL paper based test - 550, IELTS - 6.5.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Non-Degree

The DNP program does not permit non-degree students.

Transient

The DNP program does not permit transient students.

All International

An international student is someone who has not been granted or does not have U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency. In order for these students to study in the United States, they must obtain an F-1 visa. International applicants must enroll for at least nine hours per semester, excluding summer semester, and may only enroll in up to three hours of online (distance education) coursework per semester. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is a fully online program and therefore does not permit F-1 visa student admission.

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. A written letter of appeal must include strong evidence to support the basis for your appeal. The appeal should consist of information beyond what was previously submitted in your admissions file and detail your ability to be successful in graduate studies.

  • Students whose appeals are granted will be admitted as provisional students.
  • Students are not eligible for financial aid while taking courses under a provisional admission status.
  • Students may not appeal for regular admission.

Email your letter of appeal as a pdf attachment to grads@ung.edu.

Program Questions?

Tina Cannon
Nursing Graduate Program Coordinator
706-867-4592

Where This Program Could Lead You

Notice Regarding Online Offerings

In compliance with state authorization for the delivery of distance education, UNG online courses, degrees and certificate programs are not available in some states. If you are not a Georgia resident, email onlineapproval@ung.edu to check program availability in your state. This email address is exclusively for questions regarding state authorization of online offerings. Other inquiries should be directed to the academic department offering the online program or to Graduate Admissions.

International applicants who will require F-1 status to attend UNG may not apply for part-time programs (less than nine hours fall and spring semesters) and are allowed only one on-line class per term to count towards full-time enrollment.

Accreditation

Effective ​March 8, 2019, the clinical doctorate program at the University of North Georgia, Dahlonega Campus located in Dahlonega, Georgia is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on March 8, 2021.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

Note: Upon granting initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the ACEN Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

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