Online Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Online Coursework

  • Student-arranged clinical practicum hours with qualified preceptors in your area
  • BSN to DNP
    • Completion time about four years
    • Includes 1,035 clinical hours
    • GRE required
  • MSN to DNP
    • Two years full time or three years part time
    • Includes 500 clinical hours beyond the master's degree
    • GRE required
  • Minimal campus visits, including required program orientation

Application Cycle / Deadlines

Summer admission only

  • November 1 - February 15


Estimated Cost

Tuition / credit hour $573.99
Fee / credit hour  
Library $2.91
Network & Data Systems $10.78
Off-Campus $30

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2019 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

Tuition & Fees Information  

Program revisions are underway. Courses, hours and tuition are subject to change.

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Arkansas is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Arkansas is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Add an MSN to your DNP

Earn a Nursing Education master's degree while completing your DNP

The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing now offers a plan for students to work toward two degrees at the same time: Doctor of Nursing Practice in Family or Acute Care Practice and the Master of Science in Nursing in Nurse Educator. Students who fulfill DNP course requirements can add four more courses from the MSN to add a second degree, which expands job options to include nurse educator positions.

At a glance

  • Four nurse education courses beyond the DNP
  • One education-focused scholarly project
  • Full- and part-time options
  • Locally arranged clinical practicum hours with qualified preceptors

M.S.N. Program

Advance your career by earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Nurses in this degree program learn to solve complex health issues, design and sustain quality improvement in organizations, and lead the transformation of health care through evidence-based clinical prevention and health services.


Two Entry Levels

  • MSN to DNP, enter with a completed master's degree
  • BSN to DNP, enter with a completed bachelor's degree


Two Concentrations for the BSN to DNP Program

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Graduates in the BSN-DNP degree program are eligible to take national certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


Bushra Salamah

I chose an online DNP study program, as it was flexible with my nursing career. It allows me the opportunity to continue my passion of nursing while advancing my career. It is a flexible program that is run by great faculty that strive on the success of their students."

my story

Bushra Salamah
Zionsville, IN

You Will Learn To...

  • Solve complex health issues
  • Design and sustain quality improvement in organizations
  • Lead transformation of health care
  • Provide evidence-based clinical prevention and health services
  • Design, deliver and evaluate care to improve patient outcomes


Admission Requirements

BSN to DNP and Post-MSN to DNP

  • Admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School - including GRE scores
  • Admission to the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing DNP program
  • Completion of a nationally-accredited professional degree program in nursing
  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA on the last 60.0 credit hours of attempted coursework in previous nursing program
  • Current unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse
  • Submission of official GRE scores taken within 5 years and indicating capacity for master’s-level work
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member and one from an employer
  • Completion of candidate interview

Additional Requirements Post-MSN-DNP

  • Graduation from a nationally accredited MSN program
  • APN licensure, if required by student’s state of residence
  • Certification as an APN


Scholarship Information


DNP Website


State Authorization

The DNP program is to meet the educational requirements for the occupational license of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Individual state boards of nursing may regulate out-of-state nursing education programs or clinical placement courses at APRN level.

The University of Arkansas DNP program is approved by the following state boards of nursing to enroll students: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana (Adult Gerontology Acute Care concentration only), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Territories: Guam and American Samoa.

The program is currently not available to students residing in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, Washington DC, and Wyoming.

This degree program requires clinical or internship hours that must be completed in an approved U.S. location or U.S. military base for military personnel.