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 (graduateadmissions@augusta.edu) 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 ipso@augusta.edu.

NursingCAS Application

Contact Us

Michelle Cox-Henley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Nurse Executive Program Coordinator

Debbie Weaver
Program Contact
(706) 446-3129 


Admission Criteria


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

Degree Requirement

Minimum of a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited college or university. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a master’s degree in a non-nursing health related field (such as MPH, MHA) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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 transcripts in 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), 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 and Information

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 CV or Resume that includes the date of most recent revision. This item is uploaded directly into NursingCAS.


Included within the NursingCAS application, applicants must submit a 500-word minimum written essay, which includes an overview of how the selected program will enhance your knowledge, skills and abilities in your current or future position and how you will impact healthcare outcomes. 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.

Note: Evidence of writing competence will be evaluated through the candidate’s prepared essay submitted with the application.


Proof of unrestricted RN license from state where applicant is practicing at the time of application. This item is uploaded directly into NursingCAS. 


Proof of national certification as a Nurse Executive, Advanced (NE-BC / NEA-BC) by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Other national advanced leadership certifications will be considered on a case by case basis. These items are uploaded directly into NursingCAS. Applicants who are not currently certified will be considered for conditional admission and must pass the approved certification exam prior to completing 9–credit hours of DNP course work.  

Verification of Post-Baccalaureate Clinical and Practice Hours

A minimum of 1000 post-baccalaureate practice hours are required for completion of the DNP degree. Applicants who do not have sufficient clinical hours will be required to complete additional clinical hours as determined by the Program Director.

Applicants must submit the Verification of Post- Baccalaureate Clinical and Practice Hours Form (Link to form is found below) as part of the Nursing CAS application to certify total number of clinical practice hours in previous MSN or Post-Master's Certificate program(s).

Verification of Post-Baccalaureate Clinical and Practice Hours Form


Minimum of one year experience in a leadership role.

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

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