The College of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares diverse healthcare professionals who are collaborative providers and leaders in the delivery of high quality, accessible, culturally-competent and compassionate care.

Graduate applications for Summer 2021 will be accepted beginning August 1, 2020

Apply online through the AUM Admissions Graduate Application


Doctor of Nursing Practice


The Auburn University at Montgomery School of Nursing offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice builds on the Master of Science in Nursing allowing nurses to integrate specialized knowledge, theories, and research from nursing science and related disciplines into the practice of nursing.

The goal of this program is to prepare highly educated nurse leaders, clinicians, and educators and increase access to high quality care for the citizens of Alabama and the nation.

Graduates from AUM’s post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program are prepared to contribute to health care systems and academic centers as advanced practice registered nurses, nurse leaders, and nurse educators.

Practicum experiences and projects will be tailored to the student’s individual area of interest such as advanced practice, nursing leadership, or nursing education.

The candidate must complete the Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Graduate Studies online application first. Application link is: Graduate Application  After completing the AUM Graduate Studies admission application, the School of Nursing is notified of the candidate’s application. The School of Nursing graduate program will contact the candidate to complete the application process.

Applications to the Auburn Montgomery DNP Program are invited from October through mid April for Summer Admission.

Admission requirements to the CONHS School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program:

1. Hold an earned Master of Science in Nursing  (MSN) degree in Advanced Practice Nursing from a program accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing(ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

2. Evidence of an unencumbered registered nurse license in applicant’s state with license number to practice.

3. Current Professional Resume
         Include the following:
            • Educational background including institutions, degree(s) awarded, degree(s) in progress, dates of                                degree(s) awarded, and/or anticipated date of receiving degree(s), if applicable
            • Relevant employment history, including:
                   o Job title (including unit), job description, and relevant duties performed for each position
                   o Employment dates of each position
                   o Location of employer for each position
            • Community service or volunteer experience
            • Any awards, publications, presentations, certifications, and professional organization memberships
            • Evidence of leadership and career progression

4. Personal Statement: The personal statement should address:
            • Career goals after attaining a DNP degree
            • Reflection on candidate’s plan for success in the DNP program
            • Potential contributions to the profession after attaining a DNP

      Both the writing style (i.e. grammar, punctuation, spelling, word use) and content of the personal statement will  
      be considered in the overall evaluation of the application to the program. Please double space, Times New                  Roman 12 inch font, one inch margins.

5. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, including community colleges, even if a degree was not awarded.
            • Minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for both the nursing courses and overall GPA

6. Three professional references: Reference form will be provided after applying.

     Examples of professional references:
            • A current clinical supervisor or nurse manager who has direct knowledge of the candidate’s skills in the clinical setting and how those skills will translate into the Doctor of Nursing Practice role.
            • A professor, faculty member, or academic advisor who can provide a meaningful assessment of the candidate’s academic record. If the candidate has been out of school for five years or more, a nurse educator or clinical instructor can provide the academic recommendation.
            • A practicing clinical nursing professional, or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), who has served as a mentor and can address the candidate’s abilities as a registered nurse and the candidate’s potential to acheive a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

7. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required if English is not the first language. Auburn University Montgomery TOEFL code is 1036. Please see admission requirements for AUM Graduate Studies for International students under Admission Graduate Studies International Students for further information.

Application availability and deadline
Applications will be accepted for admission beginning August 1, 2020. Apply Now Graduate application
Classes begin Summer 2021.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Plan of Study
The DNP Program is a five semester online program. 
Doctor of Nursing Practice Plan of Study

Student Handbook
2019 DNP Handbook

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