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Frequently Asked Questions

About the BSN-to-DNP Program

Can I work while I go to school?
The DNP program is constructed for nurses who are working.  If you are entering the DNP program with a BSN, it’s manageable to work in the initial 18 months of the program.  We advise students to be ready to work part-time or PRN beginning in the Spring of the second year because the clinical demands of the program are high.

Are classes offered at night or on weekends?
The 5000 level graduate courses meet just once a week and are clustered on 2 to 3 days per week.  The 6000 level graduate courses are offered in a hybrid format with on-campus meetings on 4 weekends each semester.  For most nurses working three 12-hour shifts, this kind of scheduling can work with some advance planning and a supportive nursing supervisor!

Are any classes offered online?
All our courses have an online component, so comfort with computers is really important. However, none of our classes are offered completely online. We have found the personal student-instructor contact in the classroom is a valuable component in our students' success.

How long will it take me to complete my degree?
The program can be completed in 6 consecutive semesters of full-time study plus some coursework during the summers.  This equals 33 months to complete the program.

What is the minimum GRE score required for the program?
We do not require a minimum score for the GRE. GRE scores are evaluated on an individual basis within the context of the applicant's total application package.

How can I find information about tuition and fees?
The Office of Student Financial Services has information regarding tuition and fees on its website:

Graduate Nursing  |  Phone: 615-460-6142
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