The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is similar to other practice doctorates such as the MD, JD, and PharmD. Graduates of the DNP program are prepared as advanced practice nurses. Applicants may enter the program as a post-BSN student or a post-master’s (in nursing) student. Part-time and full-time options are available. The DNP program is offered online. The General option is reserved for students with prior certification as a Nurse Practitioner who wish to obtain the DNP without seeking a new practice specialty.
The College of Nursing at the University of Arizona offers a variety of programs at the graduate level. Programs are available for students pursuing a first degree in nursing, as well as students interested in advancing in the professional as leaders, advanced practice nurses, and nurse researchers. Please visit the College of Nursing's website for detailed information about our college, faculty and programs.
All applicants to the DNP program should review the application information on the College of Nursing's website. Admission requirements include personal statements, copies of RN licensure and other documents.
We do not require any standardized tests for admission to the DNP Program.
Students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program are eligible for university and college funding. All students are encouraged to file an updated FAFSA form each year. The College of Nursing awards internal scholarships on a rolling basis each spring to currently admitted students.
Students are admitted to the DNP program once per year for an August start. Applications are due December 1 of each year. Applicants are encouraged to review the information on the College of Nursing website prior to submitting an application.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree prepares graduates to be advanced care providers in roles as nurse practitioners. Applicants are encouraged to review the program requirements and information found in the handbooks, and on the college's website.
No minor is required of students in this program.