The College of Health Professions and Social Work (CHPSW) and the Graduate School offer the Nurse Scholars Program to highly qualified students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program. The Nurse Scholars Program will lead to a BSN degree and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in either the Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner concentration. The program will consist of a minimum of 110 semester hours of undergraduate course work and a maximum of 12 semester hours of graduate coursework to count towards both the undergraduate and the graduate degrees taken while the student is an undergraduate. Additionally, the program will include a minimum of 46 (forty-six) additional semester hours of graduate coursework after the completion of the BSN degree in the Adult DNP concentration or a minimum of 50 (fifty) additional semester hours of graduate coursework after the completion of the BSN degree in the Family DNP concentration. Upon successful completion of the fourth year, and all degree requirements, students will receive a BSN degree and will be eligible to sit for the Registered Nurse licensing examination. At the end of their additional graduate coursework, students will receive a DNP degree in either the Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner concentration and will be eligible to sit for board certification in their clinical specialty field.
The admission criteria for acceptance into the Nurse Scholars Program include:
1. The student must be a declared BSN major;
2. The student must have a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.5 in at least 45 credits of coursework taken at Temple towards the BSN major;
3. The student must be entering their junior year of the BSN program and be able to complete the undergraduate degree in four full-time semesters (beginning with their first semester taking a graduate course as an undergraduate); and
4. The student must be able to complete the graduate degree as presented in the DNP Program Adult Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner curricula.
Once accepted into the Nurse Scholars Program, students will be advised to progress in their program as follows:
1. The student will take no more than 3 graduate credits in any one undergraduate semester;
2. The student will register for the following graduate courses that have been approved to fulfill undergraduate coursework are:
- NURS 5901: Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice, 3 credits (replaces NURS 3305, Evidence Based Practice and Research)
- NURS 5558: Local and Global Perspectives in Population Health, 3 credits (replaces NURS 3204, Health Perspectives I: Thinking Globally)
- NURS 5501: Family Theory and Assessment, 3 credits (replaces NURS 3389, Health Perspectives II: Acting Locally)
- NURS 5902 Evidence-Based Practice (Replaces NURS 4489, Senior Seminar: Evidence-Based Practice and Fieldwork Experience)
3. Continued progression in the Nurse Scholars Program requires the following:
- Maintenance of a 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA;
- Continued full-time undergraduate status;
- Maintenance of grades of B or better in graduate coursework; and
- Graduation with the BSN degree at the May Commencement.
- RN Licensure prior to enrolling in additional graduate level course work.
Please refer to the Department of Nursing Graduate Program website to review the DNP Program Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner concentrations, including curriculum plans and course descriptions.
4. Nurse Scholars Program: Application (click on active word link to access document) due 2/15.