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DNP Frequently Asked Questions

This list is a compilation of frequently asked questions for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Updates will be made frequently considering feedback posed by interested applicants.
Thank you in advance for your interest in Palm Beach Atlantic University DNP program.

How long is the program?
The student with a BSN who enrolls in the program full-time can complete the degree requirements in three years nine semesters, completing 74 credit hours. The Post Master's student can complete the degree in five-seven semesters, completing 37 credit hours.

How many students will be accepted?
A group of 24 students will be admitted EACH Spring and Fall.

Can I attend the program part-time?
Yes, there is a degree plan for those students who choose to move at a slower pace through the program.  

How often am I expected to be on campus? 
The DNP curriculum will provide doctoral level didactic and clinical coursework delivered in a hybrid format.  A variety of distance learning technologies will be combined with assigned executive style live sessions on campus. Anticipated live sessions will be six hours every other week varying with semester and courses offered. Course curriculum will also provide information regarding necessary requirements for clinical hours.
A mandatory student orientation will be required. (Registered students will be notified)

Am I required to take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prior to acceptance into program?
The School of Nursing DOES NOT require the MAT or GRE for students who meet the GPA requirements.  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 the verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 on the analytical writing section.

Is a master’s degree in nursing required for program entry?
Two tracks are available:

  • The BSN to DNP is designed for entry at the baccalaureate level.
  • Applicants with master’s degrees in nursing (and other fields) will be considered for admission; transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Those entering in the Post Master's track must have a current license to practice as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), and a valid and current national certification with advance practice nurse specialty.

What is the cost of tuition for the program? 
The current tuition is $750 per credit hour, plus online and practicum fees.

Is financial assistance available?
Although the School of Nursing actively seeks support for students, the obligation for financing education lies primarily on the student.  Therefore, the student is always encouraged to apply for outside scholarship sources.  Good sources for graduate education assistance can be found at the links below: 

What computer skills are necessary for students in the program?
Students enrolled in graduate coursework must possess the computer skills required to complete the following technology tasks:

  • Conduct online research using available databases and search engines while evaluating the credibility of online information and correctly site sources according to required format
  • Launch a Web browser, such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari
  • Download and upload files
  • Save files to a portable memory flash drive or hard drive
  • Download and/or install software applications such as Adobe Reader
  • Access/send/receive email account designated for University purposes
  • Create and save PowerPoint presentations and Word documents
  • Online conferencing software

Do I need to find my own clinical sites?
Placement at clinical sites is ultimately the students’ responsibility.  The School of Nursing will assist students with placement at clinical sites; however, preceptors are more responsive to individual student requests than a school’s inquiry. Students must have the Director’s prior approval and contractual agreements in place prior to the start of the clinical rotation.

What are the application deadlines?
Deadline for Fall entry: July 1               
Opens: NursingCas January 1; Closes: July 1
Deadline for Spring entry: November 15
Opens: NursingCas August 1; Closes: November 15

The number of applicants admitted is limited. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not ensure that the applicant will be admitted to the program.