Doctor of Nursing Practice
(MSN → DNP) without a concentration
The MSN → DNP track is offered for nurses with a Masters in Nursing, who have a national advanced practice certification as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist or nurse executive [i.e., Nurse Executive-Advanced (NEA-BC) or Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)]. This track is 40 credit hours and can be completed in full or part time study. Current cohort distance learning sites include: Augusta, Athens, Columbus State University, Albany State University, Clayton State University, Macon State College, Memorial Health University Medical Center, Inc. in Savannah, Valdosta State University, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and Ana G. Mendez University System in Puerto Rico to optimize convenience.
Admission Requirements - Academic Year 2013
Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.
February 1 - Fall entry - deadline extended to March 15
Note: All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.
Official transcripts should be sent to GHSU's Office of Academic Admissions. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, GHSU will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate reference forms and letters of recommendation can be submitted online only. As part of the online application process, applicants provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their referees. Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email notification directing him/her to the online site where he/she can complete the reference form and submit his/her letter of recommendation. To change a referee after the application has been submitted, the applicant is instructed to log into his/her CollegeNet account and update the name and current email address for the referee. Status updates of your referees' submissions will be provided to you directly from CollegeNet.
All official GRE scores must be submitted to GHSU's Office of Academic Admissions directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
Test takers who took the GRE prior to August 1, 2011 were scored on the old scoring scale of 200-800. The minimum score requirement of 900 total (combined Verbal and Quantitative Scores) will continue to be used for those who took the GRE prior to the scoring changes.
Test takers who took the GRE after August 1, 2011 are scored on the new scoring scale of 130-170. The minimum score of 290 total (combined Verbal and Quantitative Scores) will be required for those who took the GRE after the scoring changes.
Millers Analogy Test (MAT)* exam scores with a minimum of 400 will be accepted in place of GRE exam scores; test must be taken within the last 5 years. All official MAT scores must be submitted to GHSU's OAA directly from Pearson Education, Inc. The institution code for submission of MAT scores to GHSU is 1108. Please do not select a department code.
*The GRE and/or MAT is not required (will be waived) for applicants with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale AND a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. * NOTE: cumulative undergraduate and graduate GPA's are based on GHSU's calculation by the Office of Academic Admission of cumulative GPA using the Georgia Board of Regent's standards. A GRE and/or MAT waiver will not be granted until ALL official transcripts have been received by the Office of Academic Admission and cumulative GPA's have been calculated and confirmed. Please be sure to verify that your GHSU calculation of cumulative GPA's meet requirements of this waiver. If your GHSU calculation of cumulative GPA's do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA's for this waiver, then you will be required to submit official GRE or MAT test scores. Meeting conditions of this waiver is not an indication of acceptance into the program.
Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.
Program Specific Requirements
For more information, please contact the DNP Program Office at 706.721.3676.
*Substitutions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
*While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with GHSU's Office of Academic Admission for recent updates.
*Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.