Become a primary health care provider
BSN-to-DNP graduates will be prepared to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and will be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam. Gain the advanced education, competencies, and experiences necessary to manage health care in a safe, effective, and efficient manner. The program can be completed in 9 consecutive semesters/three full years, including summers.
This program is offered in a fully online format with weekly synchronous class meetings.
The BSN-to-DNP program offers concentrations in:
- Family Nurse Practitioner (74 credits / 1100 clinical hours)
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (75 credits / 1100 clinical hours)
The Post-Graduate DNP program is open to all advanced practice registered nurses (nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists) who hold a master’s degree and are nationally certified as an APRN (NP, CNS), CNM or CRNA. The program may be completed in 6 consecutive semesters/two full years, including summers. Program consists of 35 credit hours and 500 clinical hours.
This program is offered in a fully online format.
Hear from a DNP Student
In Shenandoah University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, you’ll build the skill sets needed for even greater success as a nurse leader. You’ll also receive all the support you require from faculty, whether you need it daily, or just every once in a while. Meet one of our students as she explains more about our program and why it’s so special to her.
Graduate Nursing Programs at Shenandoah
Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing is committed to providing an outstanding education to nurses at all levels— from nurses seeking a Master’s degree or Advanced Practice Certificates to existing advanced practice nurses seeking doctoral-level training. Our programs are dynamic and responsive to the needs of our students and the health care industry. Shenandoah Nursing offers graduate level classes in a fully online format. Our goal is to prepare and challenge you for that next step in your professional career. We’re excited to share our programs with you.
The BSN-to-DNP degree requirement is 74 credit hours for FNP and 75 credit hours for PMHNP, with a grade of “B” or better in all courses. The clinical practicum requirement is 1,100 clinical hours for each track. Core and NP general courses are primarily one day per week and offered online in a synchronous format. Immersion days may be required.
Post Graduate -DNP
The Post Graduate -DNP degree requirement is 35 credit hours, with a grade of “B” or better in all courses. The clinical requirement is 500 clinical hours. The majority of the coursework is completed online, including some synchronous courses, which requires students to be online at specific times. Immersion days may be required.
Key points of the programs
- Cohorts are established in August.
- All classroom courses are on Wednesdays.
- Clinical placement is a collaborative process between the student and the faculty. Clinical days will be scheduled at the convenience of the facility hosting the student.
- Alumni are eligible for a tuition discount.
We’re excited you’re interested in one of our graduate nursing programs! Shenandoah reviews applications on a rolling basis, which means we will begin evaluating your application once all your documentation has been submitted. Students submitting completed applications before our priority deadlines will be considered first.
Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program
The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program offers Shenandoah students a short-term, faculty-led, study-abroad experience for academic credit. These short-term, credit-bearing, faculty-led programs are offered winter break, spring break, and during the summer.
My favorite part about the GEL Switzerland trip was the opportunity to network! I am currently in the process of setting up my post-doctorate residency program due to networking that happened on this GEL trip through SU. I personally went on the Switzerland GEL trip because of the WHA. I am in the DNP-HSL program here at SU and this trip provided me with real world, real life experiences that correlates directly not only to my degree but also to healthcare issues in general. I feel like a different person being back. I have had a life changing experience and it is hard not to think in broader terms now. I see things very differently now. For an example, when I think about access to healthcare, I realize that it is not just an “American” problem but rather a global problem.
Gina Stevens | DNP-HSL