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. Please note, the MS-DNP 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 MS-DNP is online with both part-time and full-time options.
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. In order to apply for this program you must first submit an online application through NursingCAS followed by the University of Arizona Graduate College GradApp.
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.
Applicants are encouraged to review the information on the College of Nursing website prior to submitting an application. Applications for the MS-DNP program must be submitted by December 1st 2019 to be considered for admission into the Fall 2020 cohort.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (MS to DNP pathway ) prepares graduates to be advanced care providers. 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.