Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice poster

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. Students work closely with approved preceptors in their locale for guided clinical practice in conjunction with faculty. While an online educational program, the D.N.P. online program does require minimal campus visits including a mandatory one-time program orientation.

The nursing practice doctorate has two paths of entry: bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) and master of science in nursing (M.S.N.).

The B.S.N. to D.N.P. has two concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP). 

The M.S.N. to D.N.P. expands the skills and competencies of the advanced practice nurse for greater career options.

Degree Requirements (from Catalog of Studies)

What About a Career in Nursing Education?

A multidegree option will equip the D.N.P. graduate for the role of the professional nurse educator. Students will earn both the M.S.N. and the D.N.P.. Admission to both the M.S.N. and D.N.P. programs is required. The additional course requirements beyond the D.N.P. program are four courses in the nursing education concentration and an education-focused scholarly project. For additional information please contact Dr. Jan Emory.

Future Student Contact —, 479-575-3904

Current Student Contact — Vivian Hill,, 479-575-6640