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DNP - APRN Plan of Study

Students may enter the program with either a BSN or MSN.  Fall admittance only.  Specialty areas for Post-BSN DNP students include adult-gerontology, family, pediatric practice and psychiatric mental health tracks.  Post-BSN DNP graduates from these tracks will be eligible for certification as a nurse practitioner.  Post-MSN DNP graduates do not qualify for certification in an APRN specialty area because the DNP degree is an academic degree that is distinct and separate from the certification process.  A practice improvement project will be completed during the last year of the program under the direction of faculty.

Full and part-time plans of study are available. An individual program plan of study is completed at the time of admission into the program.

Sample plans of study are found below. 

Current plans of study

Post-BSN DNP Plans of Study

  • Adult-Gerontology, Pediatric, Family or Psychiatric Mental Health**: Full-time or Part-time

Post-MSN DNP Plans of Study

MUSC Alumni Post-MSN DNP Plan of Study


**Certified CNS in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing students will have a tailored curriculum based upon CNS MSN transcript and degree preparation, and may require additional coursework, e.g. NRDNP 864-866 Advanced Care Management courses to be eligible for the lifespan PMHNP certification examination and DNP degree.