Doctor of Nursing Practice

You worked hard to become a nurse. You have plenty to be proud of. But now you want to take your skills to a higher level.Focusing on biblical, historical, theoretical and practical studies, this Palm Beach Atlantic University program will prepare you to step up to that higher level with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. 


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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is recommended for professional nurses to practice at the highest level and equips them to meet the changing face of healthcare.  PBA offers five tracks in the DNP program: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Executive Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, Post-Master’s and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  Applicants should hold a baccalaureate or master’s degree in nursing.  Degree plan of Master’s prepared applicants will vary based on transcript review.

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Admission Requirements:

  1. Completed online application at pba.eduor NursingCAS application at  (NursingCAS is the Centralized Application Service for students applying to nursing programs)
  2. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited university and nationally accredited nursing program
  • Applicants for Post-Master’s DNP track must have Master of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited university and nationally accredited nursing program
  • Graduates of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s BSN, RN to BSN and RN to MSN tracks are eligible for seamless admissions to the University’s DNP program. Contact the Graduate Admissions office for details.
  1. Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, minimum nursing courses 3.0 GPA
  2. No GRE required; however, applicants who score less than 3.0 (cumulative and nursing) on a 4.0 scale must provide acceptable GRE scores of 50th percentile on both verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 on the analytical writing section
  3. Minimum of one year’s work experience as an RN or current employment as an RN.
  4. Required documents below may be submitted directly to PBA admissions or through NursingCAS* at
  • Official Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s academic ability and leadership potential, including one from a current supervisor
  • GRE scores if applicable
  • Current and active Florida license OR a valid RN license from another state and proof of application to Florida Board of Nursing
  • Personal statement supporting future goals, faith, and interest in obtaining a practice doctorate (no more than 500 words)
  1. Personal interview with the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee
  2. After interview and upon acceptance, applicants must:
  • Submit Admissions Deposit of $400 (non-refundable; will be applied to tuition upon enrollment
  • Provide Documentation to the School of Nursing:
    • Background Check with Fingerprints
    • Drug Screen
    • Proof of Immunization/Titers
    • PPD or other TB Test
    •  CPR
    • Florida RN License
    • Proof of Health Insurance

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*The advantage of submitting documents directly to PBA Admissions is that it is simpler and quicker, but transcripts must be sent directly to PBA Admissions at 901 S. Flagler Drive, P.O. Box 24708, West Palm Beach, FL, 33416 or submitted electronically to The advantage of NursingCAS is that if a student already has a completed profile including transcripts, they do not need to re-enter or submit that information. There is a nominal fee associated with applying through CAS. 

The estimated tuition for the entire Doctor of Nursing Practice program is $63,120*. This includes tuition for 74 credit hours ($825/credit) and the Resources Fee ($230/semester). There may be an additional fee ($50/class) for the Hybrid Class. This is based on a three-year full-time degree plan.

*Cost based on 2018-2019 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

PBA’s growth in graduate and professional programs has provided additional scholarship opportunities to become available through faithful donors wanting to assist students in achieving their educational goals. For additional information about these scholarship opportunities for your program, please contact the School of Nursing at

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