The Master of Science (MS)-Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) pathway is designed for nurses with an earned master’s degree in nursing and who hold national certification as a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist or clinical nurse specialist. Graduates of the program are prepared as scholarly clinicians who use evidence-based practice methods to improve the health-care quality and patient safety of selected populations.

Students admitted to the MS-DNP begin the program at a five-day scholar in residence program called RISE (Resident Intensive Summer Experience) in August. Some required courses will actually begin during RISE just prior to the regular start of the fall term. DNP students who have not taken a graduate statistics course will be required to do so during the first fall semester of the program. Full-time and part-time options are available.

MS-DNP Sample Curriculum

The MS-DNP curriculum is designed to prepare the advanced practice nurse with a strong scientific foundation and the leadership skills to translate knowledge quickly and effectively to benefit patients in practice environments. The MS-DNP course of study requires a minimum of 35 credit hours, including 500 practice immersion hours and a faculty-mentored scholarly DNP project.

RN Licensure

Enrollment in the DNP program requires registered nurse licensure. Admission is conditional upon the individual obtaining and maintaining the license in active and good standing.

Program Application System

For more information and instructions on the DNP application, click here.

For more information contact:

Office of Student Support & Community Engagement
College of Nursing, Room 112
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (520) 626-3808 or 1-800-288-6158