American Indian Program Moves
The American Indian Program has moved.  In May 2015 the program began looking for a new location to house the program.  The Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance offered the School of Nursing the Westchester building.  The building was fully renovated by the Good Shepherd Mission, with the help of an Otten’s Grant, for the American Indian Program.  This 2 story building provides classroom, nursing lab and computer space for students.  Classes began in January 2016 in the new location.
Nursing Program Fees

Northern Arizona University’s tuition and fee proposal for 2016-17 was unanimously approved by the Arizona Board of Regents. The proposal includes no tuition increases for 96 percent of continuing Flagstaff undergraduate students on the Pledge program.

The School of Nursing’s proposal eliminated all courses fees.  Programs fees for the BSN, MSN, FNP and DNP program increased and a new program fee was approved for the RN to BSN program.

Undergraduate program fees 

  • Nursing Accelerated Program – Post-baccalaureate: $800/semester for three semesters ($267/semester increase, replaces $300 in course fees)
  • Nursing: $600/semester for four semesters ($200/semester increase, replaces $600 in course fees)
  • Nursing RN to BSN: $10/credit hour (replaces $150 in course fees)

Graduate program fees  


  • Nursing and post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate: Increase to $60/credit hour ($20/credit hour increase, replaces $265 in course fees)


  • Nursing Practice: Increase to $60/credit hour ($20/credit hour increase)
Nursing Research

Research at NAU School of Nursing

The programs of research of our faculty are diverse. We are united by an emphasis on improving health disparities in rural and underserved communities regionally, nationally and internationally. Faculty conduct interdisciplinary research in teams in four specialty areas:

Cancer Symptom Management: Research emphasizes cancer-related fatigue, and acute, long-term and late effects of cancer.

A prospective model of care for breast cancer rehabilitation: bone health and arthralgias.
KM Winters‐Stone, AL Schwartz, SC Hayes, CJ Fabian, KL Campbell
Cancer 118 (S8), 2288-99
Randomized trial of exercise and an online recovery tool to improve rehabilitation outcomes of cancer survivors
AL Schwartz, M Biddle-Newberry, HD de Heer
The Physician and sportsmedicine 43 (2), 143-149

Measurement of fatigue: determining minimally important clinical differences.
AL Schwartz, PM Meek, LM Nail, J Fargo, M Lundquist, M Donofrio, ...
Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 55 (3), 239-44

American College of Sports Medicine roundtable on exercise guidelines for cancer survivors
KH Schmitz, KS Courneya, C Matthews, W Demark-Wahnefried, ...
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 42 (7), 1409-26

Domestic violence: Faculty concentrate on issues related to child abuse and intimate partner violence.

Caregiving and End of Life: The research focuses on managing early dementia, palliative care and end of life issues across the lifespan.

Well-being of adult daughters who care for their cognitively impaired mothers.
D.J. Dunn
International Journal of Science Commerce and Humanities, 3 (1), 95-98.
The experience of unpaid caregivers of persons diagnosed with early-stage dementia of the Alzheimer’s type: Embracing unpredictability.
D.J. Dunn
International Journal of Science, Commerce, and Humanities 2 (6), 138-144.
Rural caregivers of persons with dementia: Review of the literature guided by Rogers’ Science of Unitary Human Beings.
D.J. Dunn, Price, D.E., Neder, S.
Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 22 (1), Manuscript 2, 24 pages. Retrieved from


Wellness and Physical Activity: Research programs focus on cancer and physical activity, nutrition and obesity and weight management.

Breathing techniques associated with improved health outcomes.
K. Rickard, D.J. Dunn, V. Brouch
Nursing Research – Holistic Nursing, Complementary & Alternative Therapies, STTI Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.
Retrieved from



Research is key to improving education, practice and patient outcomes. Our work impacts practice, health outcomes, quality of care and health policy to improve the health of our communities. We provide support, mentorship and leadership to students and faculty through opportunities to collaborate on projects and through interprofessional work.  Laboratory and statistical support is available through the College of Health and Human Services.

We actively seek students and faculty whose research interests align with those of our faculty.