The Leadership in Nursing Baccalaureate in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice is a program focused on preparing transformational nurse leaders who administer and manage complex health systems, evaluate and use evidence to improve outcomes, and strategically develop and manage human and financial capital. The Leadership program provides an efficient pathway for the baccalaureate - prepared nurse to acquire knowledge in business, nursing, and health care designed to produce successful patient and organizational outcomes. The Nursing Leadership B.S.N. to D.N.P. produces advanced practice nurses prepared at the highest level of nursing practice for improving the health of diverse populations and delivering innovative, quality, outcome-oriented health services.
Admission to The Leadership in Nursing BSN to DNP program depends upon sufficient enrollment, university resources, and qualifications of applicants. A select number of students will be admitted to the program based on the following criteria:
- Completed application to The University of Southern Mississippi Graduate School.
- Graduate from a baccalaureate or master's program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
- Minimum 3.0 GPA for the most recent nursing degree.
- Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections and an analytical writing score of 3.0).
- An unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to practice in the state in which the student will perform clinical activities.
- Curriculum vitae or professional resumé.
- Submission of three (3) letters of reference from individuals (doctoral-level nursing individuals preferred ) familiar with the applicant's academic/professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant's capability for doctoral study.
- Cover letter of introduction and a personal statement of research or clinical research interests submitted with application.
- Interview (face-to-face or via telephone).
- Proof of current CPR certification, criminal background check, hepatitis, Tdap, and MMR immunizations, and TB test or titer.
- TOEFL or IELTS if International applicant.
- Completion of an approved advanced graduate statistics course achieving a grade of B or higher within the past 5 years
A sequence of courses, practicum experiences, exams and a DNP project mark the students' progression in the Leadership in Nursing B.S.N. to D.N.P. program.
- Faculty mentor guides student through DNP project identification, project planning, implementation and evaluation
- Selection of DNP project committee by fall of Year Two.
- Selection of DNP project topic by spring of Year Two.
- Written proposal of DNP project submitted to the committee for proposal defense by spring of Year Three.
- Spring or Summer of Year Two, completion of relevant Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements and commencement of DNP Project.
- Completion and successful presentation and defense of the DNP Project and comprehensive exam.
- Fulfillment of residency requirements that may be met by continuous enrollment of:
- 6 semester hours for each of 4 consecutive semesters, or
- 9 semester hours for each of 3 consecutive semesters, or
- 12 semester hours for each of 2 consecutive semesters
- A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.
Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the requirement specified in the front section of this Bulletin.
Research and Scholarly Integrity Education
All graduate students must complete the CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their department the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The Department will require subsequent CITI training in other areas such as Human Subjects at a time closer to their capstone project. The RSIE policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page –www.usm.edu/graduate-school. Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy of training information.