West Palm Beach

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Concentrations in Executive Leadership or Family Nurse Practitioner

You worked hard to become a nurse. You While Palm Beach Atlantic is a Christian college, we welcome students of all faiths and backgrounds; and from all over Florida and beyond.have plenty to be proud of. But now you want to take your skills to a higher level.

Focusing on biblical, historical, theoretical and practical studies, this Palm Beach Atlantic University program will prepare you to step up to that higher level with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. 

Our program delivers specific benefits such as:

  • Two concentrations to choose from (BSN to DNP) : Executive Leadership concentration (71 graduate credits) or Family Nurse Practitioner concentration (74 graduate credits) Click here to view complete degree plans)**
  • Most BSNs can complete the program in nine semesters
  • Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is 38 credits -- Click here to view complete degree plans)**
  • Courses that are offered in a combination of convenient, hybrid courses delivered online and monthly, in-person classes at PBA’s West Palm Beach campus
  • Focus on the practical aspects of nursing care and administration
  • A faith-based approach to education that supports calling and service
  • Curriculum designed to minimize redundancy, engage learning
  • The solid reputation of the Palm Beach Atlantic School of Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing program entry points are fall (August) and spring (January) with application deadlines of July 1 and November 15 

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Doctor of Nursing Practice Admission Requirements (BSN to DNP):

  1. Graduates of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s BSN, RN to BSN or MSN programs are eligible for seamless admissions to the University’s MSN/ DNP programs respectively. Contact the Graduate Admissions office for details.
  2. Complete online Graduate application
  3. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited university and nationally accredited nursing program
  4. Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, minimum nursing courses 3.0 GPA
  5. No GRE required; however, 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
  6. RN experience preferred, but not required.
  7. Required documents below may be submitted directly to PBA admissions or through NursingCAS 
    1. Official Transcripts from all schools attended
    2. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
    3. Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s academic ability and leadership potential, including one from a current supervisor
    4. GRE scores if applicable
    5. Current and active Florida license OR a valid RN license from another state and proof of application to Florida Board of Nursing (Note: all practicum and clinical hours must be completed in the State of Florida for the duration of the program.)
    6. Personal statement supporting future goals, faith, and interest in obtaining a practice doctorate (no more than 500 words)
    7. Students transferring from graduate nursing program at another university are required to obtain a letter of good standing from their current institution
  8. Once candidates submit all required documents, the complete application is reviewed by the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee to determine invitations for an interview.
  9. After interview and upon acceptance, applicants must:  
    1. Submit Admissions Deposit of $400 (non-refundable; will be applied to tuition upon enrollment)
    2. Provide Documentation to the School of Nursing:  
      1. Proof of Health Insurance
      2. Florida RN License
      3. CPR
      4. PPD or other TB Test
      5. Proof of Immunization/Titers
      6. Drug Screen
      7. Background Check with Fingerprints

Doctor of Nursing Practice Admission Requirements (Post-Master's to DNP):

  1. Completed online Graduate application at: learn-well.pba.edu/apply-online
  2. Master’s degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program
  3. Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, minimum nursing courses 3.0 GPA
  4. No GRE required; however, 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
  5. RN or ARNP experience preferred, but not required
  6. Required documents below may be submitted directly to PBA admissions or through NursingCAS
    1. Official Transcripts from all schools attended
    2. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
    3. Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s academic ability and leadership potential, including one from a current supervisor
    4. GRE scores if applicable
    5. Current and active Florida license OR a valid RN license from another state and proof of application to Florida Board of Nursing (Note: all practicum and clinical hours must be completed in the State of Florida for the duration of the program.)
    6. Personal statement supporting future goals, faith, and interest in obtaining a practice doctorate (no more than 500 words)
    7. Students transferring from graduate nursing program at another university are required to obtain a letter of good standing from their current institution
  7. Once candidates submit all required documents, the complete application is reviewed by the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee to determine invitations for an interview.
  8. After interview and upon acceptance, applicants must:  
    1. Submit Admissions Deposit of $400 (non-refundable; will be applied to tuition upon enrollment)
    2. Provide Documentation to the School of Nursing:  
      1. Proof of Health Insurance
      2. Florida RN License
      3. CPR
      4. PPD or other TB Test
      5. Proof of Immunization/Titers
      6. Drug Screen
      7. Background Check with Fingerprints

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*The advantage of submitting documents directly to PBA Admissions is that it is simpler and quicker, but transcripts must be sent directly to PBA Admissions at 901 S. Flagler Drive, P.O. Box 24708, West Palm Beach, FL, 33416 or submitted electronically to Data_team@pba.edu. The advantage of NursingCAS is that if a student already has a completed profile including transcripts, they do not need to re-enter or submit that information. There is a nominal fee associated with applying through CAS. 

Tuition

The grad price calculator helps you plan for your college expenses.

The estimated tuition for the entire Doctor of Nursing Practice program is $60,150*. This includes tuition for 74 credit hours ($795/credit) and the Resources Fee ($220/semester). There may be an additional fee ($50/class) for the Hybrid Class. This is based on a three-year full-time degree plan.

Use our Adult Tuition Calculator to plan your college expenses.

*Cost based on 2017-2018 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

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 www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Learn more about opportunities for Financial Aid*; for questions on work-study or loan eligibility please contact finaid@pba.edu.

Scholarships

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 nursing@pba.edu.?

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

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