Online Doctor of Nursing Practice

Online Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program

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Online Coursework

  • Locally arranged clinical practicum hours with qualified preceptors
  • B.S.N to D.N.P.
    • Curriculum is four years, but can be completed sooner with full-time study
    • Includes 1,035 clinical hours
    • GRE required for BSN to DNP applicants
  • 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 exempt for MSN to DNP applicants
  • Minimal campus visits, including required program orientation

Estimated Cost

  • $560 Tuition
  • $2.77 Library Fee
  • $10.48 Network & Data Systems Fee
  • $30 Off-Campus fee

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2017 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

D.N.P. Website  

The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing

Advance at the clinical level with a doctorate in Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner, as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or an Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP). 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 Concentrations

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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

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

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

  • December 1 - February 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
  • Completion of a baccalaureate in nursing from an NLNAC - or CCNE-accredited program
  • Current unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse
  • Completion of a basic health assessment course (academic or continuing education)
  • Completion of a basic-level statistics course with a grade of “C” or above
  • Basic computer and library skills including use of electronic databases

Additional Requirements Post-M.S.N.-D.N.P.

  • Graduation from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited M.S.N. program
  • APN licensure, if required by student’s state of residence
  • Certification as an A.P.N.
  • Graduate-level health-policy course with grade of "B" or above.