BSN to DNP with Specialty

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)-Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students will receive a broad foundation of educational preparation in advanced care of the selected specialty population, nursing theories, evidence-based practice and quality improvement methods. Graduates of the BSN-DNP program are prepared as providers of care at a beginning level of advanced practice within their specialty, and as scholarly clinicians who will use evidence-based practice to improve the health-care quality and patient safety for their selected specialty population. Health assessment, health promotion, health-care maintenance, clinical decision-making and illness management are emphasized in the classroom and clinical practice settings. All students complete a minimum of 1,000 practice immersion hours, including extensive clinical time and a faculty-mentored scholarly DNP project. Upon completion of the degree, graduates will be eligible to take the national certification exam and then apply for licensure in the graduate's practice state.

Students admitted to the BSN-DNP begin the program at a five-day scholar in residence program called RISE (Resident Intensive Summer Experience) in August prior to the regular start of the fall term. Some required courses will actually begin during RISE. Full-time and part-time options are available.

Nurse practitioner students may opt for additional preparation for practice in rural areas by enrolling in rural health courses and by practicing in a rural setting when enrolling in NURS 693A Clinical Residency.

RN Licensure

Enrollment in the DNP program requires registered nurse licensure. Admission is conditional upon the individual obtaining and maintaining the license in active and good standing.

Program Application System

For more information and instructions on the DNP application, click here. The application deadline is Dec. 1st each year. 

For more information contact:

Office of Student Support & Community Engagement
College of Nursing, Room 112
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (520) 626-3808 or 1-800-288-6158