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 1,125 to 1,080 clinical hours
  • MSN to DNP
    • Two years full time or three years part time
    • Includes 500 clinical hours beyond the master's degree
  • Minimal campus visits, including required program orientation

  Application Cycle / Deadlines

Summer admission only

  • November 1 - February 15


Tuition / credit hour $583.11
Fee / credit hour
Library $4.41
Network & Data Systems $12.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2023 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

Financial Aid  


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

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.


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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 (expands the skills and competencies of the advanced practice nurse)
  • BSN to DNP - Enter with a completed bachelor's degree (the BSN to DNP program has one concentration, the Family 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


View a short video about the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. (10:48)

View a short video about the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


Admission Requirements

BSN to DNP and Post-MSN to DNP

  • Admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School
  • 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 credit hours of attempted coursework in previous nursing program
  • Current unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse
  • Submission of curriculum vitae or professional resume
  • Letters of recommendation from two professional references
  • Completion of candidate interview
  • Provide a "Statement of Purpose" outlining rationale for pursuing a DNP and how you fit the requirements of the program, mission and vision

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 and Grant Information


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

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Success Stories

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

The staff and faculty really were focused and geared toward success for the students. They really wanted to educate people and prepare them for future careers."

  The Online Learner

Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduate Determined to Succeed

A first-generation college student, Susan Ferguson didn’t have any role models when it came to education but, early on, as a single mother, Ferguson decided she would further her education to care for herself and her son, now 22. Three ...

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Nurse in Online Graduate Program Conducts Vaccination Research with Practical Implications

Elizabeth Tarlov traveled from Bethesda, Maryland, to speak to University of Arkansas nursing students about the importance of asking research questions that have both practical and policy implications in the communities they serve or will serve as nurses. The occasion ...

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DNP Projects: Contributing Knowledge to the Field

Nursing is a profession that undergoes constant change. Advances in medical care, the development of improved patient care practices, the application of new technologies and the evolution of nursing education itself all contribute to a dynamic profession that not only ...

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State Authorization

The DNP program is designed 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, 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.

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