Doctor of Nursing Practice

Post-Master’s Option

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed for nurses holding a master’s degree (MS) and a national certification in an APRN specialty to obtain a terminal degree in nursing. The DNP builds on master’s education to provide expanded unique knowledge and expertise. These graduates will have a broader capability to provide high quality health care in a complex and increasingly strapped health care system. The DNP is a clinical doctorate with emphasis on expert clinical practice. The summative outcome is a scholarly project that demonstrates the integration and translation of research evidence to enhance clinical practice.

Admission Criteria 

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  • Master’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited University and a nationally accredited nursing program. If the institution and the program are outside of the US, equivalent accreditation standards must be met.
  • Accepted students will be required to provide an official letter directly from the degree issuing institution with the actual total number of clinical hours completed.
  • Minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.0=A) in all nursing coursework of your master’s degree program.
  • Current national certification as a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, Nurse Anesthetist or Clinical Nurse Specialist.  Note:  Arizona Advanced Practice Registered Nurse License prior to July 1, 2004, are exempt from certification requirement.  
  • Current Arizona Registered Nurse License and Arizona Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Certificate (APRN) in good standing or current multistate registered nurse licensure in good standing in another compact state and Arizona Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist National Certification.
  • Graduate level statistics course from a college or university with a grade of B, P, or better, and completed within three years of enrollment in the DNP Program.
  • Graduate advanced pathophysiology course from a college or university with a grade of B, P, or better.
  • Graduate advanced pharmacology course from a college or university with a grade of B, P, or better.
  • Graduate advanced physical assessment course from a college or university with a grade of B, P, or better.
  • Recommendation from three professional persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s potential to work effectively in advanced professional and scholarly roles.
  • A comprehensive statement about your experiences, interests and goals in your personal and professional life that make you a good fit for this degree. 
  • Structured interview with faculty may be required.

Program of Study

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework completed at NAU that directly supports the DNP requirements (see below). Students may transfer up to 41 credit hours of coursework completed in their advanced practice specialty master’s degree for a total of 71 credit hours.

Transcripts will be evaluated for graduate level course credits (up to 41 hours). Acceptance of transfer credits is subject to approval by the SON Graduate Committee and the NAU Graduate College.

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a clinical doctorate with emphasis on enhancing leadership expertise in rural and underserved populations.

Program of Study

The DNP degree includes the following courses: 

NUR 677* (3):  Methods for Evidence Based Practice

NUR 700* (3): Introduction to DNP

NUR 701* (3): Healthcare and Policy for Advanced Practice Nursing

NUR 703* (1-9):  Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical Immersoin

NUR 704* (3):  Evidence Based Practice: Project Evaluation

NUR 705* (3):  Leadership for Advanced Practice Nurses in Clinical Practice

NUR 706* (2):  Evidence Based Practice: Dissemination

NUR 712* (3):  Evidence Based Practice: Project Planning and Implementation

NUR 714* (3): Health and Vulnerable Populations

NUR 716* (3): Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care

*Must be taken at NAU

Application Deadline is May 1, 2014 for Fall 2014 start.

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Application Deadline:

Fall – March 15 Extended to May 1, 2014

Apply to the Graduate College.

Contact:  School of Nursing, Graduate Program, graduatenursing@nau.edu, 928-523-6770