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DNP Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has been developed jointly by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, the College of Nursing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

The DNP program builds upon our advanced specialty tracks currently offered at UAB for nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse administrators. The DNP is a practice-focused terminal degree to prepare graduates to practice at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care.

Graduates of the DNP program will focus on providing care to populations and communities with an emphasis on improving quality and access to underserved, diverse populations. The three components of the DNP are advanced clinical specialty practice, leadership, and practice inquiry.

Graduates will employ abilities and skills in these areas to advocate for reasonable, rational, and data-driven health regulations, standards, and evidence-based practices; sustain collaborative and strategic relationships; promote innovative, effective health-care programs; and form partnerships with diverse groups to address health disparities.

In addition, graduates, through additional graduate level nursing education coursework, can choose to prepare for clinical faculty positions to address the critical nursing faculty shortage.

Notice The Joint Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program  is scheduled for review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).   As part of this review, CCNE invites program constituents to submit, in writing, comments concerning the program’s qualifications for accreditation status.  Only signed comments are accepted by CCNE.

If you would like to submit a third-party comment for a program currently under review, please submit to

Or, if you prefer, mail comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC  20036


Program Fact Sheet







The Joint DNP program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing, developed jointly by the UAB School of Nursing, the College of Nursing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), and the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama, is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.


DNP Program Admission Requirements

Eligible candidates for admission will provide evidence of:

  • A master’s degree in an area of advanced nursing practice (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nursing administration, or nurse anesthetist) from a regionally accredited institution, equivalent to that in the UAB School of Nursing
  • A graduate grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 scale) or in the last 60 hours of earned credit
  • Three favorable completed Evaluation Forms from persons who have knowledge of the applicant’s potential for success for graduate nursing studies and advanced-practice nursing
  • Current professional certification as an advanced practice nurse where applicable
  • Evidence of a license as a (1) registered nurse and (2) advanced practice nurse or eligibility in the state in which they plan to practice; both documents must be notarized if applicant is not a licensed nurse in Alabama
  • Personal goal statement that is congruent with the program goals (300 words or less)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • A personal interview by phone or in person with a School of Nursing faculty member or designee
  • For additional information, refer to the links in the Table of Contents on the right side of the page.



Distance Accessibility


Applicants to any of our distance-accessible programs should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Prospective students residing in states other than Alabama should contact their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education for specific rules and regulations pertaining to completion of clinical learning experiences in that state when enrolled in a distance accessible program. The ability to conduct course work is only guaranteed for student is Alabama and in states with an established agreement.

*** State Approval Website for Online Degree Programs
at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)


Entry Date



Summer 2015 Extended to March 1, 2015
Master of Nursing degree and prerequisites must be completed prior to starting.
Fall 2015 Extended to May 1, 2015

Core Faculty

Linda Roussel

Linda Roussel Phd, RN, NEA-BC, CNL

NB 426

Maria ShireyMaria Shirey, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN

NB 426 

Glenda Smith FinalGlenda Smith, PhD, RNC, NNP-BC, PCPNP-BC, Mdiv

NB 448

Susanne FoggerSusanne Fogger, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

Associate Professor
NB 358

Amy HollandAimee Holland, DNP, WHNP-BC, NP-C, RD

Assistant Professor
NB 528

Shea PolancichShea Polancich, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
NB 352

Cheryl RobinsonCheryl Robinson, DNS, MS, NNP-BC

Assistant Professor
NB 446

DAnn Somerall

D'Ann Somerall, DNP, RN, MAEd, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor
NB 440

Martha Lavendar

Martha Lavendar, PhD, RN

Visiting Professor



  • Synthesize scientific evidence for the development of clinical interventions for practice.
  • Evaluate policy, healthcare delivery, and organizational systems for current and future health care needs.
  • Translate scientific, theoretical, and ethical principles into healthcare for individuals, families, and populations.
  • Incorporate knowledge of current and emerging health technologies to improve healthcare delivery and organizational systems.
  • Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in healthcare.
  • Demonstrate intra and inter-professional collaboration to address health disparities and to improve the quality of healthcare across diverse populations and cultures.
  • Assume complex leadership roles to advance clinical practice and healthcare delivery at the organizational and systems level and to improve health outcomes of individuals and populations. 



Scholarships & Financial Aid 

The School of Nursing at UAB has excellent scholarship, traineeship, fellowship and loan programs in which many students participate.

The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2014-2015 academic year. Tuition and fees and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE annually based on approval from the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees and/or university. The estimates below are based on the costs listed at the UAB Office of Planning and Analysis Web site (Tuition and Fees). Each student’s costs will vary depending upon state of residence, the number of credits taken in a semester, whether the student attends class live or through distance-accessible class, and several other factors. Fees vary with program or type of student, and certain fees may be waived.

Tuition and Presidential Fees School of Nursing

Cost ($)

Graduate SON (in-state, Each semester hour) 476
Graduate SON (out-of-state, Each semester hour) 1118
University Tuition (per semester) 215
Total cost for Tuition  = University Tuition + (Undergraduate SON tuition cost per semester hour x total number of semester hours for that semester)

Fees - School of Nursing

Cost ($)

Undergraduate and Graduate—Online Fee per each online course (per course if the course is designated with a ‘Q’ in the section code, e.g. NUR 601 QL ) 250
For all courses designated with a 'L' in the course number, e.g. NUR 355L, a Lab and Assessment Fee will apply. The fees are listed below.) 
Lab Fee (per clinical course) 50
Assessment Fee (per clinical course) 150
Campus Dining Fee (undergraduate only) (flat fee per semester—excluding the summer term—for students taking 12 or more hours) 225
Student Hospitalization Insurance Fee (per year)** 1,776
Student Dental Fee (per term)** 39

Special Fees Paid (When Applicable)

Cost ($)

Graduation Fee 50
Expenses (Estimated) Cost ($)
Uniforms (undergraduate and AMNP students)* 300
Books and supplies (per term) 500
Lab Kit (undergraduate, upon admission)* 200
Electronic handheld device (one-time fee; select programs—BSN, AMNP, MSN)* 350
Room and Board (on campus, per term, cost varies depending on dorm) 2,700
* These must be purchased upon initial enrollment in the School of Nursing and should be planned for in student budgets.
** May be waived with proof of equal or greater coverage that can be documented.

Contact Us

Program Director:

Linda Roussel, DSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNL

Program Manager:

Jacqueline Lavier, M.Ed