DNP Curriculum & Specialties
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 program are prepared as providers of care at a beginning level of advanced practice within their specialty, aand as scholarly clinicians who use evidence-based practice methods to improve the health-care quality and patient safety. Health assessment, health promotion, health-care maintenance, clinical decision-making and illness management are emphasized in the classroom and clinical practice settings. Students complete a minimum of 1,000 practice immersion hours with extensive clinical time and a faculty-mentored DNP project. Upon degree completion, graduates will be eligible to take the national certification exam and then apply for licensure in the graduate's practice state.
Specialties (Clinical Placement Required)
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. You will work closely with clinical faculty mentors to develop specialty competencies, as well as faculty research mentors to create a program of research. The PhD-DNP Dual Degrees option is available upon admission to one of the doctoral programs. Dual degree students must satisfy both DNP and PhD admission and enrollment requirements. The College of Nursing can accept up to 17 units in common from PhD or DNP coursework to meet requirements. For more information access the Dual Degree FAQs or contact Rene Love, DNP Program Director.
DNP Program Features
Resident Intensive Summer Experience (RISE)
RISE is an intensive learning experience designed to support student success in the Doctor of Nursing Practice or Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing programs. All doctoral students are required to attend RISE in Tucson, AZ on an annual basis. RISE attendance for part-time students may vary. RISE typically occurs in August prior to the fall semester each year. Some required courses will begin during RISE.
Rural Health Certificate: Students may have additional practice preparation in rural areas by enrolling in rural health coursework and by practicing in a rural setting during their clinical practica.
Rural Teleheath Certificate: Students may have additional practice preparation in rural telehealth by enrolling in rural and telehealth coursework and by practicing in a rural setting using telehealth.
Informatics Certificate: Students may have additional preparation in informatics by enrolling in informatics courses and by practicing informatics during their practica.