The BSN to DNP program is meant to serve as a bridge for students wishing to move quickly from a Bachelor’s of Nursing degree to a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree. 

  • The 18 credit hour bridge does not result in a stand-alone Master of Nursing (MSN) degree. 
  • Following successful completion of bridge 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 bridge program.

Accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (CCNE)

The DNP program at Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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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


Credit Hours: 18

Bridge Length: a minimum of 12 months

Example Coursework

NURS 621: Advanced Pathophysiology

NURS 622: Leadership & Communication for the Graduate Nurse

NURS 631: Advanced Pharmacology

NURS 655: Advanced Clinical Practice


School of Nursing

Upcoming Start Dates

August 27, 2019

October 22, 2019