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).