The Post-Master’s (MS-DNP) DNP program builds on experience earned in a traditional Master of Science program. MS prepared students will explore the underpinnings of practice, healthcare policy, leadership, and quality improvement. Students will gain the understanding of how to address population health issues in addition to individual health issues.
The Post-Master's option is only available to students with prior certification as a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist or an MS-prepared nurse with experience in informatics who wish to obtain the DNP without seeking a new practice specialty. The Post-Master's DNP is online with both part-time and full-time options. Graduates of the program are prepared as advanced practice nurses.
Full-time Program Length
2-3 Courses per Semester*
Part-time Program Length
1-3 Courses per Semester*
Fully online coursework with one on-campus intensive
*Course load is approximated and may vary between semester and year. Students should consult their academic program guide for a complete course schedule.
MS to DNP Pathway
- Master of Science (MS) in Nursing degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above
- Advanced practice national certification
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- Current CV/Resume
Students admitted to the Post-Master's DNP program must complete a rigorous curriculum consisting of 35 credit hours. In addition, students attend RISE once during their study. Admitted students should refer to and follow the academic program guide for their cohort year.
Residential Intensive Summer Experience (RISE)
RISE is an intensive learning experience designed to support student success in the DNP program. DNP students are required to attend RISE in Tucson, AZ on an annual basis. RISE attendance for part-time students may vary.
Additional Program Options
DNP/PhD Dual Degree
If you are interested in attaining broader advanced clinical practice skills with strong research competencies, consider taking advantage of our dual Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) / Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees. You will be prepared at the highest level of nursing science and professional nursing practice, and with advanced skills for engaging in research to create, apply and translate new knowledge to improve health care – in practice domains and/or academia.
Rural Telehealth Certificate Program
The Rural Telehealth Certificate Program (RTCP) is a graduate certificate available to DNP students. Students complete additional coursework and clinical hours that focus on the use of telehealth technology in a rural setting.
Rural Health Professions Program
The Rural Health Professions Program (RHPP) is an innovative program to create a community of doctorally-prepared advanced practice registered nurses who have didactic and clinical expertise in providing care to rural and medically underserved patients and will serve as leaders in improving the quality and access to care for these patients. RHPP scholars complete additional coursework that focuses on the care of rural and medically underserved populations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Consider attending a virtual information session hosted by the College of Nursing for all specialties EXCEPT Nurse Anesthesia. You will have the opportunity to meet the program team and select members of the faculty as well as ask questions about the program and admissions process. Registration is required and the session is conducted via Zoom.
The DNP program holds multiple information sessions throughout the year. If you are unable to attend a currently scheduled session, check back soon for the next available session or fill out the Request Information form on this page to have program details delivered to your inbox.
Students are assigned clinical sites in coordination with clinical coordinators and the program administrator. Students may be required to travel to a different geographic area if a suitable preceptor cannot be found.
No elective courses are required for this DNP specialty. Students may elect to take additional courses to meet their needs and interests but should first consult their faculty advisor.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at The University of Arizona College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Post Master's DNP Coordinator
Allen Prettyman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP
DNP Program Director
Allen Prettyman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP
Clinical Professor and DNP Program Director