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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the full-time program take to complete?

The program is an average of 4 years, full-time.  For example, the BSN-DNP program is set up so that the student completes two semesters of doctoral coursework in their first year, then completes the clinical coursework in their second and third years and finally completes the program with their practice inquiry, the 9 unit capstone project.  You should refer to the specific course grids available for each specialty. Please refer to the links on the right-hand side of the screen, choosing an entry point (BSN or MS) and appropriate specialty. 

Is there a part-time option?

We do offer a part-time option. We require part-time students to be enrolled in at least 6 units per semester as opposed to at least 9 units for full-time study.

How do I find a preceptor?  Can I do my clinical hours locally?  Is there assistance from the college?

It is your responsibility to identify professionals/preceptors in your local community who could potentially be preceptors for your clinical management courses during the initial semester of the DNP program. If suitable preceptors cannot be found in your local community, you may be required to travel to another city or state to complete your clinical management course requirements. The College of Nursing has Clinical Placement Coordinators who will assist you with formalizing clinical site agreements and required paperwork.

How much time is spent online versus on campus in Tucson?

The DNP program is considered an online program, although there are times students must travel to Tucson. One requirement is to attend RISE (the Resident Intensive Summer Experience) during the multiple years in the program. RISE generally occurs for a week in August prior to the start of the Fall Term Typically the first year the student is admitted and the year when enrolled in health assessment. The final RISE is typically during the clinical skills intensive prior to the second clinical management course in May. In addition to RISE, students may be required to come to campus for a few days each term for clinical skill intensives and for the health assessment course. Students are also welcome to come to campus at other times to meet with their faculty advisors.

How many students do you admit per year?

We receive well over 100 applicants per admissions cycle for the DNP program.   There is no set amount for number of students admitted.  That decision will be made by the administrative team later in the spring based on faculty workload, total candidates recommended admission by the faculty, etc.

Do you require the GRE (or any other standardized entrance test)?

No.  The College of Nursing does not require any standardized entrance test for any of our programs. 

How do I find a faculty mentor?

The applicant should identify potential mentor matches prior to applying.  A formal arrangement is not necessary for application purposes.  However, please be mindful that a good mentor match is an integral part of doctoral-level education, and the applicant should seek admission to a program where his or her interests are best suited.  An applicant who does not have a strong research connection to the college may not be admitted. 

How much will the program cost?

The DNP is considered a graduate program so the student will pay graduate tuition at U of A.  Are you an Arizona resident?  This will determine tuition status.  Applicants can use the Bursar’s calculator to see approximately what a semester of tuition for a graduate program in Nursing will cost for resident (or non-resident).  Students living in WRGP (WICHE) states may be eligible for the tuition exchange program. If the applicant lists a WRGP-eligible state on your application, the application will be flagged and processed accordingly upon admission.

For a resident of AZ, a semester of graduate tuition and fees in our program is approximately $8,019.68 (Fall 2011).  This does not include living expenses, books, etc.  The College of Nursing does have a scholarship fund, and students in the DNP program can apply to those scholarships as well as university funds. Private funding sources, such as grants, the Nurse Faculty Loan Program, and other sources can be researched online.

For more information contact:
Office of Student Affairs
College of Nursing, Room 112
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Phone: 520-626-3808 or 1-800-288-6158






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