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Doctor of Nursing Practice

School of Nursing

Dean: Rebecca Beck-Little, RN, PhD.


Doctor of Nursing Program


Chair: DR. Vickie Walker, RN, DNP


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-masters educational program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone 404-975-5000, www.nlnac.org).



Professors: R. Beck-Little, J. Carlton, C. Miller

Associate Professor: M.A. Hodge

Assistant Professors: T. Arnold, C. Rome, R.Serafica, V. Walker



The Mission of the School of Nursing is to enhance the health status of the global community by preparing individuals to practice holistic and professional nursing through the provision of student centered programs of study for a diverse population of students that promote academic excellence within a Christian, private, liberal arts setting utilizing teamwork and community engagement.



  1. Establish a liberal arts educational environment based on Christian values fostering academic excellence, integrity, and a commitment to lifelong learning.
  2. Provide student-centered programs of study based on current national competencies of nursing practice to meet the global health care needs of individuals, groups and communities in which holistic nursing practice, Christian caring, critical thinking, and professionalism are modeled.
  3. Engage in partnerships with community health care facilities in the provision of service learning opportunities for students that include patient-centered care, evidence based practice, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  4. Graduate a diverse population of students who are prepared to practice patient centered nursing care that is culturally competent, holistic and professional within the context of a global environment in a manner that influences nursing and health care policy and practice.


Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the post-masters Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program will:


  1. Utilize scientific and theoretical knowledge from nursing and other diciplines to develop new practice approaches reflective of the highest level of nursing practice.
  2. Develop care delivery approaches at the institutional, local, state, federal, and/or international level based on knowledge of the principles of business, finance, economics, and healthcare policy to improve healthcare outcomes for patient populations.
  3. Incorporate information technology within practice and healthcare and education systems to improve healthcare outcomes.
  4. Lead healthcare teams to create change in health care and complex healthecare delivery systems.
  5. Develop programmatic interventions to address health promotion/disease prevention efforts, improve health status or access patterns, and/or address gaps in care of individuals, aggregates, or populatons based on the analysis of epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental, and other appropriate scientific data related to individual, aggregate and population health.



Application for admission to the DNP Program is made through the Gardner-Webb University Graduate School. In order to enroll students from a variety of nursing backgrounds with the greatest potential for successfully completing the program, the following criteria will be used for consideration of acceptance:

  1. Graduate School Application (available and submitted online).
  2. Current unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse (verified online by Graduate Admissions).
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.20 on all previous graduate coursework as evidenced by official graduate transcripts.
  4. MSN Degree from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited program as evidenced by official graduate transcripts.
  5. Certifications in practice area (if applicable).
  6. Verification of immunizations submitted on provided form.
  7. Three letters of recommendation (professional and academic) submitted on provided form.
  8. Validation of the number of hours of nursing practice completed at the post-baccalaureate level as part of a supervised academic program submitted on provided form*.
  9. Validation of the number of hour of nursing practice completed at the post-master’s level as verified by employer(s) signature submitted on provided form**.
  10. Current curriculum vitae.
  11. Written essay addressing your goals related to doctoral education in nursing, including description of a practice research interest.
  12. Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the STATE in which you reside AND any other state lived in during the past ten years.

*Hours in practicum or clinical completed post-baccalaureate as part of a supervised academic program are counted toward the requirement of 1,000 practicum hours for completion of the DNP degree. A minimum of 400 practicum hours must be completed in the DNP Program.


**Hours in supervised practice completed post-masters are counted toward the requirement of 1,000 practicum hours for completion of the DNP degree. Supervised practice hours in a clinical or administrative position are calculated as 30 hous of practice for each 40 hour work week. Supervised practice hours in academia is calculated as 30 hours per week (Fall and Spring are considered to be 15 week semesters and Summer is considered to be a 10 week semester). A minimum of 400 practicum hours must be completed in the DNP Program.


Please mail the above by January 15th to:



P.O. BOX 7256




Upon receipt of your Application Packet and Criminal Background Check results, your documents will be reviewed by the School of Nursing Admission Committee for admission consideration. The highest qualified applicants will be invited to participate in interviews with the School of Nursing Admission Committee. Applicant folders must be complete for consideration.


Academic Curriculum


NURS 700 Theoretical & Conceptual Foundation for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 SH

NURS 702 Nursing Inquiry for Evidence Based Practice 3 SH

NURS 703 Advanced Statistics: Multivariate Analysis 3 SH

NURS 704 Leadership in Development and Analysis of Health Care Policy 3 SH

NURS 705 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Informatics 3 SH

NURS 708 Epidemiology and Disease Control 3 SH




Management and Leadership Specialty

NURS 706 Transformational Leadership in Nursing Administration 3 SH

NURS 710 Advanced Healthcare Economics and Finance 3 SH




Education Specialty*

NURS 707 Advanced Curriculum Theory and Development in Nursing 3 SH

NURS 709 Transformational Leadership in Nursing Education 3 SH



NURS 711 Professional Internship/Practice Immersion Experience 6 SH

NURS 712 Capstone Project 6 SH


*Students admitted to the Education Specialty without 9 semester hours of Nursing Education courses or five years of experience in Nursing Education must take NURS 600 or NURS 602


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