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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of
Nursing Practice

Doctor of

Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an online post master’s nursing degree program focused on evidence-based practice, leadership, healthcare policy and advocacy, inter-professional collaboration, and expert clinical, advanced nursing practice. The DNP  program will prepare advanced practice nurses (APNs) at the highest level of practice for leadership roles applying and translating research into practice with the goal of producing expert clinical leaders for positions in practice.

Program of Study

The DNP is a 35 credit hour program. All course work will be provided in an online format. Students will spend up to 2-3 days a year during the summer in on-campus immersion experiences for a program orientation and translational research symposia (a maximum of three summer immersions is anticipated, is planned for the last Thursday and Friday of July each year, beginning with the DNP Orientation in year 1. Students complete didactic coursework in a part-time program (minimum of 6 semesters). Graduation is based upon successful completion of all coursework and a Practice Integration Project (PIP). DNP graduates must complete a total of 1000 hours, including precepted practicum hours earned in the MS Nursing Program.


Students will complete a Practice Integration Project Design (PIP) designed to demonstrate clinical scholarship by utilizing the evidence to improve practice and healthcare outcomes.
Our Students

In addition to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, the School of Nursing offers a Master of Science, major in Nursing degree with Family Nurse Practitioner (primary care), Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (primary care), Nursing Administration, Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Specialist options.


Required documents include:

  • Online Application
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for International Students
  • Official Transcripts for all post-secondary coursework are required Documentation by the nursing program of clinical practice hours in the Master’s nursing program
  • Three letters of reference addressing academic ability and practice knowledge/skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
  • Master’s degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
  • MS nursing GPA of 3.0 or higher - applicants who attended a program with pass/fail grades will not be competitive
  • Unencumbered, active Registered Nurse (APRN) license in the state in which Practice Integration Project will be completed
  • Current NP/CNS national certification in specialty area
  • Background Check
  • Graduate course in statistics
  • Resume
  • Personal statement – background, career goals and how the DNP program will support fulfillment of your goals
  • Letter of support from practice or healthcare institution/system for DNP Project


The School or Program offers a limited number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.


Clemson University School of Nursing will host a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) onsite evaluation of our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program on September 5-7, 2018. In accordance with CCNE’s procedures, the Commission provides the opportunity for program constituents, alumni, colleagues and other interested parties to submit third-party comments in writing concerning a program’s qualifications for accreditation. Read More

Program Contact

Stephanie C. Davis, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Director Graduate Program 
Office: 412 Edwards Hall
Phone: (864) 656-2588


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