The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares nurses with the necessary skills and knowledge to assume the role of primary health care provider in a variety of settings
SU Nursing offers both BSN-to-DNP and Post Graduate DNP degrees. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program offers concentrations in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
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.
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Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing's programs are challenging, but the rewards of completing your degree and entering this critical profession are many. We are committed to providing an outstanding education to nurses at all levels— from people entering the profession with a Bachelor's degree in nursing, to 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 classes in Winchester at the Health and Life Sciences Building, and in Fairfax at the Shenandoah Northern Virginia campus. We're excited to share our programs with you.
The curricula for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs combine important knowledge and skills with a friendly and caring spirit. Students like you share diverse backgrounds and personal and professional experiences with seasoned teaching faculty and clinical preceptors, who contribute to robust classroom discussions and enriching and exciting clinical interactions. Our goal is to prepare and challenge you for that next step in your professional career.
The BSN-to-DNP degree requirement is 78 semester hours for FNP or PMHNP, with a required grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students may earn no more than 2 Cs in core courses. The clinical practicum requirement for this track is approximately 1,000 clock hours. The Post Graduate student may complete the program in 20 months part-time.
Key points of the programs:
- Cohorts are established in August.
- All classroom courses are on Wednesday and Thursday.
- Clinical placement is arranged by faculty and will be scheduled at the convenience of the facility hosting the student.
- Alumni are eligible for a tuition discount.
There’s a special bond between Shenandoah University students and their professors. You’ll enjoy close relationships with faculty members who will mentor you in and out of the classroom. This remains a hallmark of our nursing education.
Shenandoah’s experienced and practicing faculty take every opportunity to provide you with the academic foundation you’ll need to meet the standards and rising expectations for practice in the nursing profession. They provide an environment where you can be inquisitive, grow and excel.
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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.