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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Ph.D.

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is similar to other practice doctorates such as the MD, JD and PharmD. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has called for the adoption by 2015 of the DNP as the terminal nursing practice degree.
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You can enter the DNP as a post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) student or a post-master’s (nursing) student. Part-time and full-time options are available. Nurse anesthetist students must attend full-time.

The BSN-DNP curriculum is a 74-89 credits depending upon the practice specialty selected.

The MS (Nursing)-DNP curriculum to become a nurse practitioner (NP) is 71-74 credits depending upon the practice specialty selected. Most students will be able to transfer coursework to reduce the total number of credits needed to complete degree requirements.

The MS-DNP curriculum for those who already are NPs or CRNAs is a 43-credit program.

DNP students who have not completed a graduate statistics course within the past five years will be required to enroll in a graduate statistics course the first fall semester of the program. All students are expected to come to campus for a robust five-day Resident Intensive Summer Experience (RISE) each year for the first three years of doctoral study. RISE attendance for part-time students may vary.

With a DNP you will be prepared to:
  • 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


University of Arizona Accreditation

The University of Arizona is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized federally by the Department of Education. Accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission ensures students and other stakeholders that the University of Arizona meets clear quality standards concerning mission, integrity, teaching and learning, resources, and institutional effectiveness. In addition, the University is operated under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Board of Regents.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    74-89 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (BSN to DNP pathway)
  • Master of Science (MS) in Nursing degree, cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above (MS to DNP pathway only)
  • Advanced practice national certification for MS-DNP pathway (for current Nurse Practitioners only)
  • Unrestricted RN licensure in the U.S.
  • Complete the online University of Arizona Graduate College application. 
  • Transcripts
  • Computer literacy
  • Additional documentation will be required if offered admission into the program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2600 EUR/semester
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  • National

    2600 EUR/semester
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Degree Total TuitionResidents: $82,945.171Non-Residents: $143,3611


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