Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice

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in the Nation Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice

- U.S. News & World Report, 2021

Quick Facts

Credits Required: 35
Cost Per Credit: $1053
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College of Nursing

Program Details

Graduates of the DNP program are prepared as advanced practice nurses. Applicants may enter the program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing. Part-time and full-time options are available.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is a hybrid program utilizing a mixture of online didactic coursework, on-campus intensives and on-ground practicum and clinical placements. 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, and influence clinical practice transformation and policy initiatives.

Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master’s in Public Health (MPH) Dual Degree Option: You also have the opportunity to enroll in a dual-degree DNP/MPH program that prepares you to provide exceptional quality healthcare in diverse environments. This option seamlessly blends the College of Nursing’s DNP program with the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health’s MPH program to provide you with a structured 3.5-year full-time program of study. As a dual degree student, you will be admitted to both programs simultaneously, allowing for a rich, coordinated, interdisciplinary learning experience. Upon admission, you are assigned to a DNP and MPH faculty advisor team that collaboratively supports your academic success.

At the College of Nursing, all doctoral students are required to attend the Resident Intensive Summer Experience (RISE) in Tucson, Arizona, on an annual basis. During RISE, students will take specialized courses tailored to each specific program and specialty; meet with faculty advisers, fellow classmates and graduate student services staff; learn about the degree program, coursework and funding opportunities; and collaborate with students, faculty and staff. Contact the Office of Student Affairs at 520-626-3808 or for more information.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.