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Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is similar to other practice doctorates such as the M.D., J.D. and PharmD.


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.

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 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.

View detailed program information

Career Level: Graduate
Degree: Doctor of Nursing Practice
College: College of Nursing

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $975
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.