Post-MSN to DNP Pathway 

The Post-MSN to DNP Pathway is for advanced practice nurses who have completed the MSN degree in an advanced practice nursing specialty area and who are certified or are eligible for certification as an advanced practice nurse. The Post-MSN to DNP Pathway builds on the advanced practice specialty curriculum of the MSN with a Program of Study that includes didactic and clinical immersion experiences designed to prepare the student to lead improvements in practice that support population health and health system change. 

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  • 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.
  • Students must hold an advanced practice certification or be eligible to sit for advanced certification and pass their specific certification exam prior to completing the first semester of coursework. Until advanced certification is achieved, students will be considered as a conditional admit.
  • 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.
  • Applicants should submit an official transcript from every college or university they have ever attended (even if for only one semester). Transcripts may be mailed or emailed electronically by the issuing institution to the UAB School of Nursing.
    Transcripts may be emailed to or mailed to UAB School of Nursing; DNP Applications; NB 1002, 1720 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294-1210.
  • Three (3) 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 an unencumbered license as a (1) registered nurse, and (2) advanced nursing practice or eligibility in the state in which they plan to complete coursework (didactic and clinical). Both UAB and the School of Nursing must have current authorization to operate in the state; plus (3) CPR certification.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A personal interview by video conference with a School of Nursing faculty member or designee may be requested to verify application data.