Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is committed to providing every student with a quality program of unsurpassed excellence. The 100% online DNP program provides schedule flexibility that helps support students to achieve a healthy academic, family and work life balance. Students are matched with a faculty academic advisor the first day of the program and a graduate student support coordinator who works with each student from admission through graduation.

Nationally recognized education

  • # 20 among “Top 30 Cutting-Edge Nursing Schools” Nursing School Hub, 2013
  • # 26 among 149 Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, U.S. News & World Report, 2017

Flexible programming options

  • The DNP program offers a 2.5 year full-time program and a part-time 3.5 year program for students wishing to extend their educational immersion experience.

High-quality preparation

  • DNP program graduates integrate into the health care workforce as Advanced Practice Nurses with confidence. They are prepared to provide exceptional high-quality health care to their communities.


As a graduate from our DNP program, you will:

  • 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
  • influence clinical practice transformation and policy initiatives


If you are interested in attaining broader advanced clinical practice skills with strong research competencies, 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 health care – in practice domains and/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.


Jeremy Marine

"I intend to Build Better Futures by working as a provider and helping people in underserved populations. After gathering some practice experience, I can see myself moving back into executive leadership to help create policy that is beneficial for patients and their families. I will also continue to advocate for the integrated healthcare model, including the mind, body and spirit." Read More

Janay Young

"I graduated with a dual degree as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I envision using both specialties to provide holistic, comprehensive care to patients to help prevent illness and to help restore health to individuals experiencing physical or mental illness. I plan to use my knowledge and training to integrate these two practices for underserved populations in rural areas." Read More

Tiffany Hoke

Tiffany shares how her mother's success in helping others, as well as her mother's struggles with progressive mental illness, influenced her choice to become a neuroscience nurse. Hear Her Story


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.


    Recent changes to the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965 include a series of regulations on individual state authorizations concerning distance education programs. The State Authorization Regulations require The University of Arizona and the College of Nursing to comply with individual state higher education authorizations of our programs and thus we may not be able to offer programs in certain locations.

    The College of Nursing also complies with state Board of Nursing and/or Nurse Practice Act requirements, which may limit the availability of our programs in certain states where teaching is considered an integral part of nurse practice.

    At present, The University of Arizona College of Nursing is NOT authorized to offer or award the DNP degree as a distance education program in:

    • Alabama
    • Massachusetts
    • North Dakota
    • American Samoa
    • Puerto Rico
    • Georgia
    • New York
    • Tennessee
    • Guam
    • US Virgin Islands
    • Louisiana
    • North Carolina
    • Washington DC
    • Northern Mariana Islands

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