Advance Patient Care as a Nurse Leader
As a nursing professional, you never remain still. ACU’s online BSN to DNP program welcomes your tenacious spirit to improve care delivery with coursework and in-person clinical assignments that can be completed around your existing obligations. As you move steadfast toward your goals, our vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community supports you during your endeavor.
Our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire graduate degree.
About the Program
Blending nursing practice and theory, ACU’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)-accredited online BSN to DNP program gives you the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree around your schedule. Graduate with a DNP in approximately three years, ready to pursue nurse leadership and educator roles, advocate for patients, and improve community outcomes for nursing facilities through research and evidence-based care.
All the Details on Your Degree
The online BSN to DNP consists of three key parts: an 18 credit-hour pathway sequence, the DNP core, and a specialized concentration in Executive Nursing Leadership. Following successful completion of pathway courses, you’ll transition directly into the DNP coursework with no additional application. Along the way, you’ll practice what you’ve learned through 500 clinical hours plus two projects designed to be completed in your current workplace. Please note that the 18 credit-hour pathway does not result in a standalone MSN degree.
Minimum of 12 months
Spirituality & Nursing Care
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UPCOMING START DATES
May 2, 2023
August 22, 2023
COMMON JOB TITLES
Academic Nurse Leader
Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
Director of Nursing
Director of Clinical Services
Director of Advanced Practice Nurses
Public Health Coordinator
Deepen your knowledge of nursing with the 18 credit-hour pathway sequence before honing your leadership and healthcare management skills during the program’s DNP portion. 500 clinical hours help you put what you know into practice and understand how your knowledge can shape patient outcomes.
On the pathway toward a leadership or nurse administrative role, you’ll synthesize everything acquired thus far through two projects requiring you to develop and implement a clinical program. You’ll then present your ideas through a paper for review.
Begin where your BSN left off to further explore key nursing disciplines and how research and evidence-based practice influence patient care outcomes for the better.
During these introductory courses, you’ll:
- connect theory, research, practice and evidence-based care to promote more beneficial outcomes;
- broaden what you know about pathophysiology and pharmacologic therapies to provide more informed care along the lifespan;
- discover the importance of nurse leadership on organizational processes and care outcomes;
- understand how to serve diverse clients through health assessments and physical examinations; and
- prepare to influence organizational policy by learning how to design, establish and evaluate healthcare quality initiatives.
After the pathway sequence, you’ll begin the DNP core, designed to offer insight into expectations for advanced nursing professionals as patient advocates, scholars and leaders. Courses expand upon the leadership, organization and management competencies essential for the healthcare field, touch on technology and data integration and continue to explore topics related to epidemiology and making research-backed, evidence-based care decisions.
Master how to train and direct teams of healthcare workers, how finances affect a practice, and the impact of chronic health conditions on service delivery and care expectations.
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Linda Gibson, BSN to DNP
Dr. Linda Gibson is the program director for the BSN to DNP and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. Dr. Gibson has been an associate professor within ACU’s School of Nursing for the past three years, though her teaching experience spans 30 years. Much of her clinical experience comes from a VA hospital, and her MSN specialty areas include Medical/Surgical Nursing (RNP), Teaching/Evaluation, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (CNS). As a lifelong learner, she went on to complete her DNP and is currently pursuing a homeopathic degree. Dr. Gibson lives in the hills of Tennessee surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
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Nurses are some of the most dedicated professionals in the healthcare field, providing comfort, respite and necessary care to others. Over time, many nurses will look at their career goals and where they aspire to be in the medical profession. If you find yourself looking to advance your career, now may be the time to consider some additional education.
Become the voice patients need to receive timely, appropriate care. As you scale up your BSN with a more thorough and nuanced array of leadership and clinical skills, earning your DNP degree will prepare you to embark on a career as a:
- chief nursing officer (CNO);
- director of nursing;
- nurse administrator;
- director of clinical services;
- director of advanced practice nurses;
- public health program director or coordinator;
- informaticist; or
- nurse educator.
To be considered for admission, students must:
- Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
- Submit official transcripts from the accredited colleges or universities that awarded the baccalaureate degree to the applicant sent in a registrar’s sealed and stamped/signed envelope or official electronic transcripts.
- Have a minimum nursing cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Supply two professional recommendation letters that attest to the applicant’s academic abilities, character, and professional abilities.
- Author a 500-word purpose statement outlining the applicant’s interest in the BSN to DNP program and their career professional goals (written in APA format).
- Submit a professional CV or resume.
- Provide proof of unencumbered registered nurse licensure in the United States.
- Have completed an undergraduate level statistics course with a “C” or better.
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