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ENTRY TERM: Fall 2024

Application Fees (non-refundable): 

NursingCAS: $80
AU Nursing Supplemental Application: $25

Please submit your NursingCAS application first. Once your application has been verified by NursingCAS, you will be notified by Augusta University’s (AU's) Graduate Admissions Office ( to set up your AU applicant portal. The email will also provide instructions on how to complete and submit your AU Supplemental Application.

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made.

The program does not accept applications after the published application deadline, however the program will continue to accept application materials up to 2 weeks after the application deadline.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Form I-20 for F-1 student status or Form DS-2019 for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status cannot be issued by Augusta University for enrollment in this online program per U.S. immigration regulations. Questions? Please email International & Postdoctoral Services Office at

NursingCAS Application

Contact Us

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Coordinator

James Brinson, DNP, NP-C
Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Coordinator

Colleen Walters, DNP, FNP-C, CNE
Family Nurse Practitioner Coordinator

Carol McKinnon, PhD, PNHCNS-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Coordinator

Debbie Weaver
Program Manager
(706) 446-3129


Admission Criteria


A minimum overall undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale of all coursework attempted.

Degree Requirement

The minimum of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited college or university or the completion of a pre-licensure program with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is required. To be used to satisfy degree requirement, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree(s) earned that are the U.S. equivalency of degree(s) required by the program.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to NursingCAS. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, NursingCAS will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Applicants should submit their transcripts via the process provided in the NursingCAS Help Center. ALL transcripts must be sent to NursingCAS. If you send them directly to Augusta University, they cannot be loaded into CAS.  Without the CAS, your application cannot be verified and will not be considered.

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts

An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), and Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement.

Letters of Recommendation 

As part of the online NursingCAS application process, applicants must provide the names and current email addresses for three references. References should be individuals qualified to critically assess the applicant's prior academic standing (usually college professors), employment, and clinical experience (required clinical supervisor/manager, if applicable). The person providing the reference should be able to address the applicant’s qualifications and potential to be successful in the selected program. Once the online application is submitted, each reference will receive an email notification directing him/her to the online site where he/she can complete the reference form and submit his/her letter of recommendation.

Standardized Test Requirements

None are required for this program. 

English Proficiency (if applicable)

English proficiency exam scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English and who do not qualify for an English proficiency exam waiver per the criteria listed below. Augusta University will accept official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test (IELTS) exam scores. Official exam scores must be taken within 2 years of the date of application. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

  • TOEFL Minimum Overall Score: 79 internet based or 213 computer based
  • IELTS Minimum Overall Band Score: 6.5

English Proficiency Exam Waiver Criteria: An English proficiency exam will be waived for applicants to graduate programs who:

  • submit proof of earning a Baccalaureate, Master’s or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university. The requirement will be waived upon receipt of the official transcript showing proof of degree
  • are citizens of countries on the approved waiver list

Please visit the International Student webpage for more information.

Program Specific Requirements

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants must have completed a 3 credit hour undergraduate or graduate statistics or biostatistics course with a grade of "B" or higher.

CV / Resume

Applicants must submit a resume or CV Including date of most recent revision. This item is uploaded directly into NursingCAS.


Included within the application, applicants must submit a 500 word minimum written essay describing the role of a Doctor of Nursing Practice professional in the health care environment, address your specific area of clinical concentration you currently have or are applying for (FNP/PNP/ACNP/ETC), how this DNP prepared specialty will impact health care and health care outcomes and how this degree fits with the applicant’s professional goals. This essay should reflect scholarly writing to include a clear, concise flow of ideas; responsiveness to the prompt, and the use of citations as needed.


A current active unrestricted license to practice nursing in the State of Georgia or eligibility for a Georgia RN license is required. Please upload a copy of the license directly into NursingCAS, if available. If ineligible for licensure at time of admission, or applicant is or will be a new graduate at the time of admission, proof of an unrestricted GA nursing license is required prior to the end of the first semester.


One year of professional nursing experience is recommended, but not required, prior to beginning clinical courses.

For more information, please contact the DNP Program Office at 706-446- 3129.

Accepted students must attend a face-to-face orientation and face­ to-face defense.