Doctor of Nursing Practice

The purpose of the DNP program is to prepare graduates for clinical practice in nursing at the highest level. At the completion of the DNP program students will demonstrate: scientific inquiry, leadership in advanced nursing practice and scholarship. The DNP program is in a hybrid format, a combination of on-ground and online instruction. Classes meet approximately one Saturday per month on our North Atlanta campus.  To learn more about the Doctor of Nursing Practice program contact Dr. Troy Heidesch at theidesch@brenau.edu or 770-534-6154.

There are two degree options available. Click a title for detailed information.


Admission to DNP programs

Our DNP cohorts begin once per year during the Fall semester. Our application deadline is June 1st.

The admission requirements for D.N.P. students are the same as those established for all graduate students at Brenau University. In addition, students have the following requirements in order to obtain admission into the D.N.P. program:

  1. Hold an M.S.N. from an accredited institution. Applicants with a Bachelor’s of Nursing (BSN) and a non-nursing master’s degree such as a MBA, MHA, M.Ed., or related field may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Demonstrate 3.0 GPA on all attempted college work.
  3. Have 12 months experience as an advanced practice nurse in direct care or in a leadership/management role. Those with experience in related fields may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Submit transcripts for all college level work.
  5. Submit 3 references attesting to the academic and clinical performance abilities.
  6. Hold a current nursing license in the state of practice.
  7. Demonstrate evidence of a course in statistics.
  8. Complete an applicant interview.

How to Apply

Questions about the application process?  Contact Jennifer Benning, Admissions Counselor, at 770-534-6207 or jbenning@brenau.edu

Clinical Doctorate of Nursing Practice – Hybrid/North Atlanta
(instructions not applicable to BSN or MSN applicants)

To apply for admission to our DNP program, please read and follow these instructions carefully:

  • Complete the free, online Brenau Graduate Application. Choose North Atlanta as your campus and Doctor of Nursing Practice (two concentration choices) should filter down in the available majors.
  • Official transcripts, licenses and references should be sent directly to Brenau University

Advanced Practice Nurse (DNP)

  • Semester 1
    • NG 901— Bioethics in Advanced Practice Nursing 3
    • HS 901— Biostatistics 3
  • Semester 2
    • HS 902— Epidemiology 3
    • NG 903—Health Care Financing and Economics 3
  • Semester 3
    • NG 906—Project Identification 3
    • NG 907— Health Care Systems, Policy and Law 3
  • Semester 4
    • NG 905— Methods for Evidence-Based Practice 3
    • NG 908— Project Development 3
  • Semester 5
    • NG 904— Strategic Management and Leadership 3
    • NG 909— Informatics for Health Care 3
  • Semester 6
    • 902—Genomics and Population Health 3
    • NG 910A—Project Implementation 3
  • Semester 7
    • NG 911—Project outcomes evaluation and Dissemination 4

Leadership and Managemant (DNP)

  • Semester 1
    • NG 901— Bioethics in Advance Practice Nursing 3
    • HS 901— Biostatistics 3
  • Semester 2
    • HS 902— Epidemiology 3
    • NG 903—Health Care Financing and Economics 3
  • Semester 3
    • NG 906—Project Identification 3
    • NG 907— Health Care Systems, Policy and Law 3
  • Semester 4
    • NG 905— Methods for Evidence-Based Practice 3
    • NG 908— Project Development 3
  • Semester 5
    • NG 904— Strategic Management and Leadership 3
    • NG 909— Informatics for Health Care 3
  • Semester 6
    • NG 902—Genomics in Population Health 3
    • NG 910B— Project Implementation 4
  • Semester 7
    • NG 911– Project Outcomes Evaluation and Dissemination 4