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Dr. Jodie Dunkelberger, WKU DNP Graduate, discusses the benefits of a blended course format as well as the knowledge gained from completing the DNP program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Preparing nurses to become leaders in nursing practice and administration. Designed for the working nurse!
All admission materials must be submitted electronically as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission Deadline Date: April 1, for summer/fall admission.
To Apply to the Graduate School (wku.edu/graduate) by clicking . You will be redirected to the Apply Now for Admission at WKU website. On the right side of the page under Graduate Applications, please select Doctoral Degree Applicants to begin your WKU Admission Application within TopNet. Please ensue that you apply for the correct program. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Melissa Hamlin at 270-745-4392.
BSN to DNP
- Both weekday and week-end courses (Weekend course will be taught in 4 seminars per semester).
- Experienced and credentialed faculty
- Total Credit Hours: 76
- Part-time Curriculum BSN to DNP Curriculum
- Full-time Curriculum BSN to DNP Curriculum
The BSN to DNP has one specialty track, the Family Nurse Practitioner and all students completing the BSN to DNP will be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.
- Four on campus weekend seminars per semester with on-line enhancement
- Experienced and credentialed faculty
- Total Credit hours: 36
- Part-time Curriculum Post MSN DNP
- Full-time Curriculum Post MSN DNP
The Post MSN DNP curricula builds on traditional master's programs by providing educations in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership. The DNP is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs.
- BSN or MSN from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited nursing program
- GPA 3.25 cumulative in BSN or MSN
- Undergraduate degree from an international university outside the U.S. or English is a second language submit appropriate TOFEL scores (policy established by the Graduate School)
- Three professional references
- Verification of MSN Clinical and Practice Hours
- Written goal statement
- Resume highlighting past education, relevant clinical experience, scholarly endeavors and professional service (BSN to DNP students must document one year full-time experience as a registered nurse)
- Professional license
- NPs must have a current and unencumbered RN and APN license in the state of residence in which clinical experiences will be completed
- Nurse Administrators must have a current and unencumbered RN license in the state of residence where clinical experiences will be completed.
- BSN - current and unencumbered RN license in Kentucky or compact state.
The following requirements only apply to the MSN to DNP option:
- Completed verification of post-baccalaureate practice hours form. (Applicants who cannot demonstrate a minimum of 500 clinical hours in graduate program will be expected to complete clinical course work beyond the proposed curriculum.)
- Graduate level statistics within past 5 years.
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