Nursing Practice (DNP) - MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Bridge to DNP Executive Nursing Administration Pathway

Degree Requirements

Degree: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Bridge to DNP Executive Nursing Administration Pathway

A. MSN Clinical Nurse Leader (Completed before admission)

Bridge Courses
NU 560Adm & Mgt for Adv Nsg Practice3
NU 565Nursing Administration Finance3
DNP Core Courses
NU 607Scientif Underpinnings Adv Nsg3
NU 608EBP & Quality Improvement HCS3
NU 610Healthcare Policy & Finance3
NU 611Translat Evidence Practice Sys3
NU 612Clinical Prev Population Hlth3
NU 613Organizational & Sys Leadrshp3
NU 615Qual Improv & Outcomes Assmnt3
NU 616Data & Dec Mkng Healthcare Sys3
DNP Residency Courses
Executive Nursing Administration
NU 661Executive Nsg Admin PP&D3
NU 662Nurse Exec Admin Res I3
NU 663Nurse Exec Admin Res II3
NU 664Nurse Exec Admin Res III3
Total Hours42


Students can earn a Post-Graduate Certificate Subspecialty when adding the requirements for any of the following subspecialties to their degree program curriculum.

Addictions Nursing

May be added to any concentration.

HSC 580OUD/SUD Prevention/Screening2
HSC 581OUD/SUD Assessment/Treatment2
HSC 582OUD/SUD Recovery/Sys Practice2
NU 510Addictions Practicum I1
NU 511Addictions Practicum II2
NU 512Addictions Practicum III2
NU 513Addictions Practicum IV (Elective)4
Total Hours15

Advanced Forensic Nursing

May be added to any concentration.

NU 500Explore Culture Sexual Assault2
NU 502Sexual Assault Vic Practicum1
NU 503Trauma Care Sexual Assault Vic2
NU 504Adv Pharm Care Post Assault2
NU 505Sup Care Comorbid Post Assault2
Total Hours9

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Healthcare

May be added to any concentration.

HSC 501Found of Diversity Healthcare2
HSC 502Diversity Equity & Inclusion2
HSC 503Curr Issues & Trends Diversity2
HSC 504Lead&Change Mang Adv Diversity2
Total Hours8

Nurse Educator

May be added to any concentration.

NU 620Prin Teach/Learn/Assess Nu Ed3
NU 621Curr Design/Outcome Eval Nu Ed3
NU 622Current Topics in Nu Education2
NU 623Nsg Educ Synthesis Practicum3
Total Hours11

Palliative Care

May be added to any concentration.

AHN 530Found Palliative Care/Adv Role2
AHN 531Adv Palliative Cr/End of Life2
AHN 532Adv Chronic Illness Care2
AHN 533Adv Palliative Care Practicum1-9
Total Hours7-15

 Trauma-Informed Integrated Behavioral Healthcare

May be added to any concentration

HSC 510IPT for TI-IBH Primary Care1
HSC 511IPT Telehealth Deliv TI-IBH1
HSC 512TI-MI in IBH Seminar1
NU 526Trauma-Informed Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Practicum I1
NU 527Trauma-Informed Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Practicum II2
NU 528Trauma-Informed Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Practicum III2
Total Hours8

Elective Courses

NU 509Bioethics Advan Practice Nsg1
NU 597Intro to Scholarly Writing3
HSC 500Address Gender Discrimination3
Addressing Gender Discrimination and Disparities in Healthcare
HSC 573Resp Prescrib Common Used Drug1

Additional Information

MSN in Clinical Nurse Leader Bride to DNP Executive Nursing Administration

MSN to DNP Clinical Nurse Leader with Advanced Concentration in Leadership Bridge to Executive Nursing Administration Pathway is for students who completed their MSN in the area of Clinical Nurse Leader with Advanced Concentration in Leadership and want to complete their DNP in the specialty area of Executive Nursing Administration.

Students may pursue a DNP in the specialty area of Nursing Executive Administration after receiving an MSN degree with Advanced Concentration in Leadership.

Students would be required to complete 36 credit hours of the DNP program and two bridge courses to matriculate from the Clinical Nurse Leader with Advanced Concentration in Leadership to the Nursing Executive Administration specialty. Graduates of this program would complete a total of 42 credit hours.

Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission to the DNP program, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States of America.

  2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.

  3. Graduate of an approved regionally accredited master's program with a major in nursing.

  4. Applicants to the MSN to DNP pathway must have a minimal GPA of 3.0 on all MSN work (A=4.00).

  5. Submission of a résumé which documents clinical experience.

  6. Prior to enrolling in nurse practitioner clinical course, students are required to have at least 2 years of experience in an area appropriate to the specialty track.

  7. Students are admitted to a specialty track and may not change their track without permission.

  8. Students must be in good standing with all academic institutions/nursing programs that they have attended in order to be admitted to the MSN program.

Contingency for Admission and Initial Registration

Admission and initial registration is contingent on completion of the following requirements:

  1. Acceptance Packet

  2. Negative Drug Screen

  3. Acceptable Background Check

  4. All Health Requirements as outlined in the Medical Documents Manager.

Notification of missing documents will be sent to your JagMail email account. Only students who have successfully completed the Acceptance Packet in its entirety, have a negative drug screen and acceptable background check, and completed all required portions of the Medical Documents Manager will be permitted to register for classes.

Application Procedures

Admission to the program is limited and selective. Application forms and other information may be obtained from the College of Nursing's website or by contacting the college directly at:

College of Nursing
University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama 36688
Telephone: (251) 445-9400.

  1. Completion of the Primary Application: 

    1. Primary Application submitted through Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS).

    2. Official transcripts of all college and university studies, regardless of the outcome of enrollment, must be sent directly from the home institution to the NursingCAS. These documents become the property of the NursingCAS and will not be returned to the applicant. Applicants are responsible for any fees required by NursingCAS for their services.

    3. Personal Goal Statement is required. The Personal Goal Statement is a description of the applicant's purpose for completing the graduate degree. This essay serves as a writing sample to be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee to determine the applicant’s scholarly writing skills.

    4. Submission of a résumé which documents clinical experience.

  2. Completion of the Supplemental Application:

    1. The Supplemental Application is submitted electronically directly to the MSN Office at the USA College of Nursing.  Under Academic Information please select the appropriate semester for admission.  Select "graduate" under both student type and academic level of interest.  A new option will appear asking if you are applying for a graduate nursing program, select "yes" and this will take you into the nursing application.

    2. Please note that the Supplemental Application should be completed AFTER you have completed your NursingCAS application and it has moved through the following stages: received, complete then VERIFIED.  Once it is verified you may complete the Supplemental Application.

    3. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed Supplemental Application is submitted by the deadline for the semester for which they are applying. Incomplete applications will not be processed. 

    4. This application requires a non-refundable processing fee of $100.00.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted three times a year, and must adhere to the following application deadlines:

  • Fall Semester Deadline is March 1

  • Spring Semester Deadline is July 15

  • Summer Semester Deadline is December 1

Academic Progression Policy

Students in the MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Bridge to DNP Executive Nursing Administration Pathway program must meet the following requirements to progress in the program:

  1. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0. Any term in which a graduate student drops below a 3.0 Program GPA, the student is placed on probationary status and has a period of two terms to attain a 3.0 Program GPA or be dismissed.

  2. Students in these programs can have a maximum of one “C”. A student earning a second "C" or lower will be academically dismissed from the program.

  3. A student earning one grade of "F" in the program will be academically dismissed.

  4. The final outcome of the DNP Project Planning and Development course and the DNP Incomplete Extension course is "Successful/ Unsuccessful." Students receiving two grades of “U” in these courses will be academically dismissed. Failure to show good ethical and moral character including but not limited to any of the following may result in dismissal from the program:

    1. conviction of a crime,

    2. disciplinary action against a nursing license in Alabama or any other state,

    3. positive drug test,

    4. adverse background check, or

    5. disruptive behavior, including online behavior.
      All students must notify the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Dean of the College of Nursing immediately or no later than 48 hours of any of the above stated incidents.

  5. All students must notify the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Dean of the College of Nursing immediately or no later than 48 hours following an arrest. Failure to report an arrest may result in removal from the program.

  6. All students are subject to testing for controlled substances and must submit to random drug testing as requested. A positive test or refusal to submit to testing will result in removal from the program.

  7. All students are subject to a background check and must submit to additional background checks as requested. An adverse finding or refusal to submit to a background check may result in removal from the program.

  8. A student who has been academically dismissed is not eligible for readmission to the DNP program and is not eligible for admission to the MSN program.

DNP Residency Coursework Policy

The DNP Residency Coursework includes the DNP Project Planning and Development, Residency I, Residency II, and Residency III. Students who do not meet all requirements in a course must complete a DNP Incomplete Extension Course prior to moving forward with the next course in the DNP Residency progression.

Scientific Review Committee Policy

The DNP project will be reviewed by the USA College of Nursing DNP Scientific Review Committee to evaluate rigor and feasibility. The review process will occur during Project Planning and Development. The DNP project must be reviewed by the Scientific Review Committee before enrolling in Residency I.

Graduation Information

The program must be completed in five years of matriculation for the MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Bridge to DNP Executive Nursing Administration Pathway. Each candidate for the Doctor of Nursing practice degree must submit an application for the degree the semester preceding their anticipated graduation through the Registrar's Office. See the University Calendar for specific deadlines. Deadlines for each semester application are located on the Registrar’s Graduation Website.