College of Health and Human Services2014-2015
Nursing Practice, Doctor of Nursing Practice
This terminal degree is a pinnacle for nurses who have earned a master's degree and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse designation. This clinical doctorate helps students further develop their leadership and policy-making skills and provides experience in the interpretation of and practical adaptation of evidence based practice and best practices.
What Can I Do with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing Practice?
If you're a nurse who has a master's degree and an APRN specialty certification, our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) offers you an opportunity to sharpen your nursing skills and enhance your leadership expertise. The DNP is a clinical doctorate with emphasis on enhancing leadership expertise in rural and underserved populations.
To receive a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (D.N.P.) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses, consisting of at least 71-76 units of graduate-level courses and one thousand hours (1,000) of clinical practice.
The full policy can be viewed here.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 66 units of graduate nursing courses
- At least 5 units of scholarly inquiry
|Minimum Units for Completion||71 - 76|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Oral Defense||Oral Defense is required.
|Research||Individualized research is required.
|Additional Fees/Program Fees||Required|
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application required (www.nau.edu/graduateapply) for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit http://nau.edu/GradCol/Admissions/Graduate-Admissions-Policy/ .
- International applicants have additional admission requirements: http://nau.edu/GradCol/Admissions/International/.
Individual program admission requirements include:
- Master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program or equivalent if program is outside the U.S.
- Official letter from the degree issuing institution with the total number of completed clinical hours (admitted students only)
- Current national certification as a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, Nurse Anesthetist or Clinical Nurse Specialist. Note: Arizona Advanced Practice Registered Nurses License obtained prior to July 1, 2004 are exempt from certification requirement
- Current Arizona Registered Nurse License (or compact state) and Arizona Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Certificate (APRN) in good standing
- 3.0 GPA in all nursing coursework
- Current RN license in good standing to practice as a registered nurse in Arizona or eligibility to obtain an Arizona license, or meet the Arizona Board of Nursing regulations regarding multistate licensure.
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Prerequisites (completed prior to enrolling in the program)
- Completed courses in the following areas: 1) Graduate Advanced Pathophysiology with a grade of B, P, or better; 2) Graduate Advanced Pharmacology with a grade of B, P, or better; 3) Graduate Advanced Physical assessment from a college or university with a grade of B, P, or better; 4) Graduate Descriptive and Inferential Statistics course from a college or university with a grade of B P, or better within the past 3 years. Another option is graduate statistics completed before enrollment in NUR 677
Take the following 71 units with a minimum GPA of 3.0:
Graduate nursing courses (66 units)
- NUR 510, NUR 520, NUR 530, NUR 540, NUR 560, NUR 650, NUR 660, NUR 661, NUR 662, NUR 663, NUR 664, NUR 665, NUR 675, NUR 677, NUR 700, NUR 701, NUR 703, NUR 705, NUR 712, NUR 714, NUR 716
- This degree is a clinical doctorate with emphasis on leadership expertise. One thousand hours (1,000) of clinical practice with a minimum of 240 hours completed at NAU is required. The summative outcome is a DNP project that demonstrates the integration and translation of evidence based practice to enhance clinical practice, which includes an oral defense.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
- PROGRAM FEE INFORMATION
- Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $40 per credit hour has been approved for this program.
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