College of Education and Health Professions

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The University of Arkansas began offering a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in the fall of 2013.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) is a practice-focused doctorate for those nurses who desire a terminal degree with a clinical focus. The D.N.P. prepares advance practice nurses to function as experts and leaders in increasingly complex health-care settings. There are two levels of entry for the practice doctorate: post-B.S.N. and post-M.S.N.

The online program is built upon the standards set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2004); the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies (2012); and, the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies (2010).

Graduates in the BSN-DNP Program are eligible to take national certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)



Public Notice of Initial Accreditation Review of University of Arkansas Nursing Doctoral Degree

The University of Arkansas Eleanor Mann School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is scheduled for an evaluation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on March 16-18, 2015. Written and signed third-party comments will be accepted by CCNE until February 14, 2015. “CCNE shares third-party comments with members of the valuation team prior to the visit, but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program” (CCNE, 2012, p. 8).

Signed, written comments may be submitted to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036