Doctor of Nursing Practice – General Information

The UCA DNP is a practice-focused doctorate aimed at mature clinicians who wish to expand the possibilities of their professional contribution. The DNP program will prepare nurses at the highest level of clinical practice who are skilled in measurement of patient and population outcomes, translation of evidence into clinical practice, leadership and health policy, and advocacy within complex health care delivery systems. This program is not suited for nurses seeking advanced nursing practice preparation; rather, it will build upon previous role preparation.

The UCA Post Masters DNP program is open to nurses who hold a Master’s degree in Nursing regardless of current role or specialty preparation. The UCA DNP program is designed to meet professional standards for the practice doctorate developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

The part-time plan of study (6 hours/semester) is offered online with two intensive on-campus days each year. Coursework is completed over six semesters (including summers), and establishes the foundation for Capstone Project in the final two semesters.

Online Tuition & Fees – please see the Student Accounts website for Online Graduate Tuition information.  There will be a $69.00 fee for each DNP credit hour.



An email account and access to a computer is required for participation in the RN program. For information about required computer hardware and software and available resources for online students, go to the UCA Online Technical Requirements & Resources page at

UCA email and Blackboard are the official communication tools for the university. Home email accounts will not be used for program or course information after a student enrolls in courses.


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