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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.

Applying Applications must be submitted through NursingCAS and the University of Arizona Graduate College

Nursing CAS Application


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Create a NursingCAS account or sign in with your username and password. Once you create an account, you can access your application as often as you need.

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Review Requirements

Review the program materials section of NursingCAS to learn more about the specific admissions criteria, requirements and deadlines for your program. Collect and submit any required supporting materials, such as personal statements, documents and certification data.


Complete Application

Send your official transcripts and test scores to NursingCAS and complete your application. Once you have submitted your application and any additional supporting materials, monitor your application status in your NursingCAS account and follow-up on any necessary actions.

University of Arizona Graduate College Application


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To complete your online application, go to the online portal and either enter your NetID or create a new account.

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Create Your Account

After you have created a GradApp account, you can begin your application. Remember to choose Arizona Online as your campus.


Complete Application

Choose your area of specialty and follow the instructions to complete the application for that specialty.