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