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What will I learn?

(MSN/CNL to DNP/ENA) is for students who completed their MSN in the area of CNL 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 and successfully passing the CNL certification.
Students would be required to complete 36 credit hours of the DNP program and two bridge courses to matriculate from the Clinical Nurse Leader to the Nursing Executive Administration specialty. Graduates of this program would complete a total of 42 credits.
The following bridge courses are required for the CNL to matriculate to the DNP Nurse Executive Administration specialty option:
NU 560: Administration and Management for Advanced Nursing Practice
NU 565: Nursing Administration Finance
The College of Nursing has two locations, one is on the USA main campus, and the other is on the USA Baldwin County campus in downtown Fairhope. The resources of the University, the USA Hospitals and clinics, and the numerous clinical agencies provide excellent opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and skills essential for professional nursing.
The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide quality innovative educational programs to a diverse student body, to participate in research and scholarly activities, and to provide service to the University, the profession, and the public. The Colleg e accomplishes this by providing a caring, engaging environment for the empowerment of student learning potential, the professional development of faculty, and the promotion of the nursing profession.

  • Cultivate a caring, innovative, and engaging environment to facilitate teaching, learning, scholarship, and service.
  • Deliver innovative quality nursing programs that meet the needs of a diverse student body and other communities of interest.
  • Promote the discovery, communication, and preservation of knowledge through scholarly activities and leadership.
  • Provide service to the University, the profession, and the public.
  • Develop community partnerships to promote nursing and the enhancement of the health care delivery system using interprofessional approaches

Which department am I in?

College of Nursing

Study options

Full Time (42 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $938 per credit hour
Start date

9 January 2023, 22 August 2023


College of Nursing

5721 USA Dr. N. Room 3068,



36688, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have official copies of academic records detailing course work completed in secondary schools, colleges, universities or professional institutions. Applicants who have a U.S. bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, secondary school records are not required.

For international students

Applicants should be a graduate of an accredited baccalaureate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; must have completed all prerequisite course work as listed below with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and no grade less than a 'C': EH 101, EH 102, biology with lab, anatomy and physiology I and lab, anatomy and physiology II and lab, microbiology or infectious disease, statistics, finite math or precalculus algebra (or higher), chemistry with lab, and general psychology. International students whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 197 (71) in the TOEFL exam.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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