Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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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 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 profess

Accreditations/Achievements: UCA’s DNP program is approved by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and is designed to meet professional standards for the practice doctorate developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Program Benefits: Graduates of the UCA DNP program will be able to:
– Expand advanced nursing practice by integrating the art and science of nursing with theory and knowledge from biophysical, psychosocial, political, ethical, technical, analytical, cultural, environmental, and organizational sciences.

– Synthesize leadership skills, systems analysis, and advocacy expertise.

– Integrate clinical expertise and competence with population-focused management, evidence-based practice, and health care policy.

– Analyze health-related information systems and technology for the improvement of health care.

– Evaluate the outcomes of advanced nursing practice.

– Apply clinical scholarship and leadership skills to advanced nursing practice.

– Demonstrate growth in scholarship, practice, and leadership.

Program Requirements:

Non-Arkansas Residents: It is your responsibility to check with your State Board of Nursing regarding online, out-of-state programs.

Admission to the DNP program is selective and competitive. The minimal requirements for application are:

  1. An earned master’s degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program (graduates of non-accredited schools will be evaluated individually).
  2. Minimum cumulative graduate GPA at or higher than a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Current unencumbered registered nurse license in Arkansas (or state where clinical experiences will take place).
  4. Applicants for whom English is not the native language are required to score 83 or higher on the iBT TOEFL exam. The exam must have been taken within the last two (2) calendar years. Only iBT TOEFL scores received directly from ETS or the UCA Testing center will be accepted as valid.
  5. Documentation of a minimum of 280 supervised clinical hours with a preceptor during the masters nursing program.
  6. A completed application.
  7. Cover letter
  8. Résumé
  9. Interview

*Get more program information and additional admission requirements by requesting information below. 

Program Contact:

Julie Ingram, M.S.
RN/MSN/DNP Education Counselor and Recruiter
(501) 852-0177
IHS 488

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(501) 852-UCAO (8226)