BSN to DNP

ACU’s online BSN to DNP program is a post-bachelor’s pathway designed for students who wish to move quickly to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. This fast track eliminates the need to complete a Master of Science in Nursing degree before pursuing a DNP. The BSN to DNP program pathway gives a student the opportunity to save time and money in completing their doctoral degree.

ACU’s online BSN to DNP program is a post-bachelor’s pathway designed for students who wish to move quickly to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. This fast track eliminates the need to complete a Master of Science in Nursing degree before pursuing a DNP. The BSN to DNP program pathway gives a student the opportunity to save time and money in completing their doctoral degree.

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New, first-time BSN to DNP or DNP students only. Must meet all admission requirements and start class in the next term. Learn more.

About the Program

BSN to DNP

ACU’s BSN to DNP program gives nurses the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree through a 100% online, CCNE accredited program. BSN-prepared nurses can graduate with a DNP in approximately three years with a solid foundation in nursing practice and nursing theory.

Program Structure

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This 18 credit hour pathway does not result in a stand-alone Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Following successful completion of pathway courses, students will transition directly into the DNP coursework with no additional application. Students will be able to obtain clinical hours during the pathway program.

TIMEFRAME

18 hours
Minimum of 12 months

EXAMPLE COURSEWORK

Advanced Pathophysiology
Leadership & Communication for the Graduate Nurse
Advanced Pharmacology
Advanced Clinical Practice

DEPARTMENT

UPCOMING START DATES

January 11, 2022
March 8, 2022

COMMON JOB TITLES

Academic Nurse Leader
Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
Director of Nursing
Lead Clinician
Director of Clinical Services
Director of Advanced Practice Nurses
Public Health Coordinator

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Linda Gibson, BSN to DNP, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dr. Linda Gibson, BSN to DNP

Dr. Linda Gibson is the program director for the BSN to DNP and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. Dr. Gibson has been an associate professor within ACU’s School of Nursing for the past three years, though her teaching experience spans 30 years. Much of her clinical experience comes from a VA hospital, and her MSN specialty areas include Medical/Surgical Nursing (RNP), Teaching/Evaluation, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (CNS). As a lifelong learner, she went on to complete her DNP and is currently pursuing a homeopathic degree. Dr. Gibson lives in the hills of Tennessee surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

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BSN to DNP

To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit official transcripts from the accredited colleges or universities that awarded the baccalaureate degree to the applicant sent in a registrar’s sealed and stamped/signed envelope or official electronic transcripts.
  • Have a minimum nursing cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Supply two professional recommendation letters that attest to the applicant’s academic abilities, character, and professional abilities.
  • Author a 500-word purpose statement outlining the applicant’s interest in the BSN to DNP program and their career professional goals (written in APA format).
  • Submit a professional CV or resume.
  • Provide proof of unencumbered registered nurse licensure in the United States.
  • Have completed an undergraduate level statistics course with a “C” or better.
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The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791