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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Online Program

DNP Admission Requirements
The University of Arizona College of Nursing is committed to creating an academically challenging and supportive educational community of students with diverse talents, experiences, viewpoints, and cultural backgrounds.  Faculty members of the College are interested in receiving applications from highly motivated students who aspire to the highest level of advanced nursing practice and knowledge development in acute and primary care settings.  Applications are particularly encouraged from students who intend to focus their practice and scholarship on improving the healthcare of populations within their specialty.

Selection is based on an evaluation of academic background, research and practice interests, and availability of suitable faculty expertise for mentorship. Admission requirements include the following:

  • BSN Degree, cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (BSN to DNP pathway)
  • MS Degree in Nursing, cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above (MS to DNP Pathway only)
  • Advanced practice national certification for MS-DNP pathway (for current Nurse Practitioners only)
  • Unrestricted RN Licensure in the U.S.
  • Complete the online University of Arizona Graduate College Application. For instructions (Click Here)
  • Transcripts: Submit official sealed transcripts of all post secondary course work attempted or completed, whether or not it is related to nursing. Please download the Transcript Factsheet for complete instructions on submission of transcripts (Click Here).
  • Computer literacy
  • Additional documentation will be required if offered admission into the program.

Applicants may submit other credentials which they believe reflect their abilities.  A telephone interview is required for top post-master’s applicants.  Interviews are not required for BSN-DNP applicants.

DNP Application InstructionsNo longer accepting applications for Fall 2014, the deadline was December 15, 2013. Applications will open for the 2015 admission in August/September 2014.

When selecting the appropriate application term, please select the Spring 2014 or later option. When you select the Spring or later option you will be redirected to a page where you can scroll down and either login or create a new account to complete the application. Please do not click on the Legacy Online Application link. Once you are in the process of completing the application you would then be given the option to select the program start term of Fall 2014. 

Once you begin your application through the Graduate College, you will begin given the option to select between the various NP specialties, as well as the general track which is for those who are already certified as a Nurse Practitioner, which are eligble to complete the DNP without a speciality. You may ONLY apply to one speciality. Please do not submit multiple applications.

  • Nursing (DNP) - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing (DNP) - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing (DNP) - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing (DNP) - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing (DNP) - General Track (Non-Specialty)


Enrollment Requirements
Once admitted to the DNP you must submit an Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card.  ARS § 15-1881 is a condition of final acceptance.  Complete information about the statue can be found at the following web sites:

International Applicants:

  • Complete the online University of Arizona Graduate College Application by the international deadline date. For instructions (Click Here)
  • Submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper based (PB), 79 internet based (iBT), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6).
  • Transcripts and Degrees: Submit CGFNS documentation for nursing degrees earned outside of the U.S.A. Please download the Transcript Factsheet for complete instructions on submission of international degrees and transcripts (Click Here).


DNP Application

The DNP application deadline is December 15th. Notifications of admission occurs mid-March.


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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