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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Online Program

Program Overview

The DNP is similar to other practice doctorates such as the MD, JD, and PharmD.  The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has called for the adoption by 2015 of the DNP as the terminal nursing practice degree.

You can enter the DNP as a post-BSN student or a post-master’s (nursing) student. Part-time and full-time options are available.

  • The BSN-DNP curriculum is a 74-77 credits depending upon the practice  specialty selected.  
  • The MS (Nursing)-DNP curriculum to become a nurse practitioner (NP) is 71-74 credits depending upon the practice specialty selected. Most students will be able to transfer course work to reduce the total number of credits needed to complete degree requirements.
  • The MS-DNP curriculum for those who already are NPs is a 43 credit program. 

DNP students who have not completed a graduate statistics course within the past 5 years will be required to enroll in a graduate statistics course the first fall semester of the program.  All students are expected to come to campus for a robust 5-day Resident Intensive Summer Experience (RISE) each year for the first three years of doctoral study.  RISE attendance for part-time students may vary. 

With a DNP you will be prepared to  

  • generate and disseminate nursing practice knowledge to stimulate research and improve clinical outcomes;
  • improve health outcomes through scientifically-based advanced practice within your chosen specialty;
  • engage in and lead collaborative practice teams; and
  • influence clinical practice transformation and policy initiatives. 


For more information and instructions on the DNP Application please click here.

Technology Requirements

DNP/PhD Dual Degrees (DNP/PhD Sample Plan of Study) -  Currently being updated
If you are interested in attaining broader research skills for application to clinical practice, consider taking advantage of our dual Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.  You will be prepared at the highest level of professional nursing practice and with advanced skills for engaging in research to create, apply and translate new knowledge to improve healthcare – in practice domains or academia.   You will work closely with clinical mentors to develop specialty competencies, as well as faculty research mentors to create a program of research.  The DNP/PhD Dual Degrees option is available upon admission to one of the doctoral programs.  Dual degree students must satisfy both DNP and PhD posted admission and enrollment requirements.

Faculty Advisor/ Mentor:

Your educational goals and mentorship experience in the DNP, PhD, or DNP/PhD Dual Degrees program will be best met when they are aligned with faculty research and practice interests and areas of expertise.  Please review the article "Finding a Match and A Mentor in Doctoral Study" by Terry Badger, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN. You are encouraged to contact potential faculty mentors to discuss your goals in relation to faculty expertise.  A faculty directory of research interests with some video clips of current research programs can be located on the web site under Current Faculty. The College’s web site also provides a research search tool

For more information contact:
Office of Student Affairs
College of Nursing, Room 112
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Phone: 520-626-3808 or 1-800-288-6158



Accreditation and Affiliations 
The University of Arizona College of Nursing is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, and affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing  and the Western Institute of Nursing



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