Online Doctor of Nursing Practice

Online Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program

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Online Coursework


  • Student-arranged clinical practicum hours with qualified preceptors in your area
  • B.S.N to D.N.P.
    • Curriculum is four years; full-time students could complete in three years
    • Includes 1,035 clinical hours
    • GRE required
  • M.S.N. to D.N.P.
    • 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

Estimated Cost

  • $560 Tuition
  • $2.84 Library Fee
  • $10.73 Network & Data Systems Fee
  • $30 Off-Campus fee

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2018 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.

Offered by:
College of Education and Health Professions

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Arkansas is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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

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The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing

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).


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

Application Cycle/Deadlines

Summer admission only

  • November 1 - January 15

Admission Requirements

B.S.N. to D.N.P. and Post-M.S.N. to D.N.P.

  • 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-M.S.N.-D.N.P.

  • Graduation from a nationally accredited M.S.N. program
  • A.P.N. licensure, if required by student’s state of residence
  • Certification as an A.P.N.

Add an MSN to your DNP

Earn a Nurse Educator 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