College of Health and Human Services2013-2014


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 clinically focused plan helps students further develop their leadership and policy-making skills and provides experience in the interpretation of and practical adaptation of research 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 clinical expertise. By building on your previous knowledge - you can transfer up to 41 units from your master's program - you'll use research to transform clinical practice. This terminal degree, which requires you to complete 71 credit hours and 1,000 clinical hours, also helps prepare you for a leadership role in healthcare settings.

University Requirements

  • 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


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required 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.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    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 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. Another option is graduate statistics completed before enrollment in NUR 677
Doctoral Requirements
  • Please Note:
    • This degree is a clinical doctorate with emphasis on expert clinical practice. One thousand hours (1,000) of clinical practice with a minimum of 240 hours completed at NAU is required. The summative outcome is a scholarly project that demonstrates the integration and translation of research evidence 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 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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