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

The AGACNP specialty focuses on providing health care for acutely ill adults (from the age of 17 or older), with multiple, complex and/or life-threatening problems.


Full-Time DNP-AGACNP Part-Time DNP-AGACNP

The FNP advanced specialty focuses on providing health care to individuals and families across the life span.


Full-Time DNP-FNP Part-Time DNP-FNP

The Informatics advanced specialty prepares nurses to understand, implement and optimize information systems across the health care industry.


Part-Time DNP-I

The PNP advanced specialty focuses on providing health care for children (from newborn to 21 years of age) including wellness exams, physicals, and sick visits.


Full-Time DNP-PNP Part-Time DNP-PNP

The PMHNP advanced specialty focuses on providing psychiatric and mental health care for acutely individuals and families across the life span.


Full-Time DNP-PMHNP Part-Time DNP-PMHNP

The DNP-NA advanced specialty provides high levels of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to prepare nurses to provide quality anesthesia care.


Full-Time DNP-NA

The MS-DNP curriculum is designed to prepare the advanced practice nurse with a strong scientific foundation and the leadership skills to translate knowledge quickly and effectively to benefit patients in practice environments.


Full-Time MS to DNP Part-Time MS to DNP

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.

Certificate Options

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.