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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    Learn more about the Doctor of Nursing Practice 
    Palm Beach Atlantic is proud to announce its proposed Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
  • 74 graduate credits (BSN to DNP) completed in nine semesters or 37 graduate credits (Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice -- Click here to view complete degree plans)**
  • Courses are offered in a combination of convenient, hybrid courses delivered online and bi-weekly, in-person classes at PBA’s West Palm Beach campus
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice program entry points are fall (August) and spring (January) with application deadlines of  July 1 and November 15

Doctor of Nursing Practice Admission Requirements:

  1. Earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited university and nationally accredited nursing program. Master’s prepared nurses may apply and their course sequence will depend upon the results of a transcript review.
  2. Achieve undergraduate minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, minimum nursing courses 3.0 GPA*
  3. Submit:
    • A completed online application and $45 nonrefundable fee AND NursingCAS application at
    • Official transcript from college/university where bachelor’s degree was conferred and from college/university where prerequisite courses were taken
    • Three letters of recommendation attesting to applicant’s academic ability and leadership potential, including one from a current supervisor
    • Personal statement supporting future goals, faith, and interest in obtaining a practice doctorate (no more than 500 words)
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Current and active Florida license OR a valid RN license from another state and proof of application to Florida Board of Nursing. Students must maintain full-time work status during the program.
  4. Faculty interview – Once your application for admission is complete by meeting all the admission requirements and providing the required documents, you will be invited to an interview with the Graduate Admissions Committee.

*Applicants who score less than 3.0 (cumulative and nursing) on a 4.0 scale must provide acceptable GRE scores of 50th percentile on both verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 on the analytical writing section.

Doctor of Nursing Practice admissions decision and notification:

Applicants will be notified in writing of the Graduate Admissions Committee’s decision within two weeks after completing the interview. To secure a spot in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, accepted students must, no later than 30 days before classes begin:

  • Submit a non-refundable $400 deposit, which is applied to tuition upon enrollment
  • Provide documentation to the School of Nursing of:
    • Background check with fingerprints
    • Drug screen
    • Proof of immunization/titers
    • PPD or other TB test
    • CPR
    • Florida RN License
    • Proof of health insurance


The estimated tuition for the entire Doctor of Nursing Practice program is $58,500*. This include tuition for 74 credit hours ($750/credit), the Hybrid Class Fee ($50/credit) and the Resources Fee ($200/semester).

Financial Aid

Palm Beach Atlantic makes every effort to offer financial assistance through a variety of programs (federal and institutional) to deserving students. Primary funding for graduate study is provided on the basis of demonstrated financial need in the form of work study awards and student loans. Students must apply for financial aid each year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) online at For any questions on work-study or loan eligibility please contact


PBA’s growth in graduate and professional programs has provided additional scholarship opportunities to become available through faithful donors wanting to assist students in achieving their educational goals. For additional information about these scholarship opportunities for your program, please contact the School of Nursing at

*Cost based on 2015-2016 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

**NOTE: Clicking this link will take you to the University's primary Web site.

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