University of South Alabama College of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Application Deadlines
Fall Admission - Applications are accepted August 2 through February 15
Spring Admission - Applications are accepted March 2 through August 1

The primary method of communication by the University of South Alabama (USA) College of Nursing (CON) throughout the application cycle is email. It allows us to easily make contact with you throughout the day and you are able to contact us at a time that is convenient for you. Please ensure that the email address you put on your application is an email address you check several times weekly and that you add to the address book of your email account. This will ensure that email from us will not be sent to your SPAM/JUNK folder.


Application Procedures


A new class of DNP students is admitted each Fall and Spring semester. Admission into the program is limited and selective. Applications are accepted during the time periods listed above. Applicants are required to complete both a Primary Application and a Supplemental Application.

The Primary Application is completed through The Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS). They have just opened a new application portal called NursingCAS 3.0; however, our application for fall 2015 admission is still in NursingCAS 2.0 application portal. Please use the NursingCAS 2.0 application portal to apply for DNP programs that start in Fall 2015.

Please be sure to order your transcripts early and follow up with NursingCAS to verify their receipt. We recommend transcripts be ordered two months before the deadline and that the applicant confirm receipt of these transcripts one month before the deadline. NursingCAS Application Status transitions from Received to Complete then Verified. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that NursingCAS receives all transcripts, application fee, and completed application by the deadline for the semester for which they are applying in order for their application to reach the verified status.

The Supplemental Application
is located below and can be downloaded to your computer. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed Supplemental Application is postmarked by the deadline for the semester for which they are applying. If either part of the application is late, USA CON reserves the right to move that application to the next application cycle. Incomplete applications will not be processed. To apply for admission, please complete the steps below:


1. DNP applicants do not apply through the USA Office of Admissions nor do they apply through the USA Graduate School. DNP applicants are required to complete two applications - Primary and Supplemental. These applications should be completed simultaneously. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required forms are received by the application deadline. Only completed applications will be considered for acceptance. Please note that applicants from New York, Kansas and North Carolina must contact the DNP Office at prior to ordering transcripts or beginning the application process.

2. Primary Application: NursingCAS will process all official transcripts and the Primary Application for the DNP program. This process can be time consuming, so please begin the Primary Application as soon as possible. Graduates of USA or current USA students are required to send all official transcripts to NursingCAS. You will find the Primary Application here:

Primary Application Instructions**

** Only those applicants who comply with all requirements for the Primary Application Instructions listed above will be considered for admission.

3. Supplemental Application: The Supplemental Application Packet is a fillable PDF file. Therefore, your Supplemental Application Packet must be typed, printed, and signed. Hand-written applications will not be accepted. Please note that the Supplemental Application Packet requires that you first create your account with NursingCAS. Once you have started the Primary Application process with NursingCAS, please download and complete the:

Fall 2015 DNP Supplemental Application

The non-refundable Supplemental Application fee is $85.00. Please enclose a check or money order along with your Supplemental Application Packet made payable to: USA College of Nursing. There is a $20 fee on all returned checks. Supplemental Application Packets submitted without an application fee will not be processed.

4. International Students are required to have current U.S. registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. If you meet this requirement, you are also required to contact the University of South Alabama Office of International Services at to verify that you meet University of South Alabama Admission Requirements before applying to our DNP Program.

5. A limited number of applicants who meet all admission requirements may be phoned for a personal interview by our faculty, if needed.

6. All students who are admitted into the DNP program are admitted pending submission of an Acceptance Packet with required health, immunization and health insurance information and the results of a drug screen and background check. As part of this packet, new students are required to provide immunization dates or submit titer documentation for: Adult Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox, Hepatitis B, and must be current on their annual Tuberculin skin test. Please ensure all of this information is easily accessible. Additionally, USA CON requires that all DNP students have a current CPR certification and results of a physical exam that was completed within the past two years. Admission will be withdrawn for students who do not comply with health and insurance requirements, test positive on the drug screen as per the College of Nursing policy, or a background check that would prevent the student from completing clinical/residency requirements.

7. Re-Application Process:

Students who have applied and were not accepted must adhere to the following policies in order to be considered for a future term:

• Complete a Supplemental Application appropriate to the term in which they are applying.
• Pay the $85 Application Fee and include with Supplemental Application. Students who are re-applying to the very next term and who paid their $85 Application Fee with their previous application, are not required to submit another $85 Application Fee with their Supplemental Application. Please note: The University of South Alabama policy only allows us to roll an Application Fee one time, when a student chooses to reapply for the very next term.
• Students must also include a new Personal Statement and Curriculum Vitae/Resume with their Supplemental Applications.



Admission Timeline

These schedules represent the admission timeline in a typical year. In any given year, these schedules may be adjusted.
Fall Admission
• Primary Application Deadline: March 1
• Secondary Application Postmark Deadline: March 1
• First Day of Class: USA Academic Calendar
• Mandatory 1-day Online Orientation Webinar: Date is provided upon acceptance into the program.
Spring Admission
• Primary Application Deadline: August 1
• Secondary Application Postmark Deadline: August 1
• First Day of Class: USA Academic Calendar
• Mandatory 1-day Online Orientation Webinar: Date is provided upon acceptance into the program.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the college of nursing at or 251-445-9412.

The DNP program is accredited by the

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530

Washington, DC 20036

(202) 887-6791.


University of South Alabama - Mobile Alabama 36688-0002 (251) 445-9400
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