The 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.

  • The 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 Doctor of Nursing Practice coursework with no additional application.
  • Students will be able to obtain clinical hours during the pathway program.
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New, first-time BSN to DNP or DNP students only. Must meet all admission requirements and start class on  March 9, 2021. 

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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

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Linda Gibson is the program director for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. 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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What career outcomes can you expect after completing the BSN to DNP program?

  • Academic Nurse Leader
  • CNO
  • Director of Nursing
  • Director of Clinical Services
  • Director of Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Lead Clinician
  • Public Health Coordinator

Admission Requirements

  • Application for admission with a non-refundable processing fee.
  • 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.
  • Minimum nursing cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Two professional recommendation letters that attest to the applicant's academic abilities, character, and professional abilities.
  • 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).
  • Professional CV or resume.
  • Proof of unencumbered registered nurse licensure in the United States.
  • Completed undergraduate level statistics course with a "C" or better.
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Degree Highlights


Pathway Length: a minimum of 12 months

Credit Hours: 18

Example Coursework

NURS 621: Advanced Pathophysiology

NURS 622: Leadership & Communication for the Graduate Nurse

NURS 631: Advanced Pharmacology

NURS 655: Advanced Clinical Practice


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Upcoming Start Dates

January 12, 2021

March 9, 2021