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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is an online program that includes an on-campus emersion experience prior to the start of each semester. The DNP Program is offered as a post-master’s Nursing degree. Applicants are required to have a current Advanced Practice Nursing license (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Anesthetist). The practice-focused doctoral program prepares nursing leaders for the highest level of clinical nursing practice beyond the initial and master’s preparation in the discipline.
Who can apply?
The post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program requires full-time study and completion of the degree in the area of prior Advanced Nursing Practice preparation, i.e. Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. Students must be Board certified in Advanced Nursing Practice with licensure as an APN or APRN in the state of practice.
The curriculum of 41 credit hours is completed in a program of study of 2.5 years in length. These 41 credit hours include 11 courses, with 3 of those courses identified as clinical internship courses. The total clinical clock hours required for those 3 clinical internship courses (12 credit hours) totals 540 clock hours, represented by a 1 credit to 45 clock hour ratio.
Students admitted with master’s preparation and APN/APRN licensure have completed a minimum of 500 clinical hours at the graduate level. These clinical hours will be credited and counted with the 540 clinical clock hours of the post masters DNP program to meet the 1000 clinical clock hours required of a Doctor of Nursing Practice.
GRADUATE SCHOOL ADMISSION
All applicants must first apply online to the Graduate School for their desired program. Visit the Graduate School website for more information.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is offered as a post-master’s Nursing degree.
Applicants are required to have:
1. Master's Degree
A Master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE, COA, or NLNAC accredited program.
2. 3.0 GPA
A minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
A current unencumbered APN license in the USA with national specialty certification as appropriate.
Successfully completed a graduate-level statistics or biostatistics course with a grade of “B” or above.
5. GRE Exam
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is required. Scores on the GRE, offered after August 2011 will be reviewed for comparable performance. (Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing)
6. Curriculum Vitae
Submit curriculum vitae/have at least one (1) year experience (2000 hours) as an APN prior to application to the DNP program verified by employer.
An essay of no more than 450 words, to discuss your DNP career goals.
8. Work References
Three work reference forms completed: one by an individual who has direct supervision over you and two professional colleagues who can provide a valid evaluation of your performance based on the behaviors identified in the reference form.
9. Background Check
Satisfactory criminal background check through the School of Nursing.
10. English Proficiency
For primary language other than English TOEFL score of 83 on the preferred internet-based test, (IBT), 570 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test.
Note on Transfer Work
Applicants can transfer no more than 6 credit hours toward degree requirements. Transfer work is evaluated on an individual basis.
How to Apply
Applying to the Graduate School
Applicants to the DNP program should first apply to the Arkansas State University Graduate School. The application may be completed online by going to the 'Apply Now' link on the left of this page.
Applying to the DNP Program
After applying to the Graduate School, applicants must also complete an application to the DNP Program. An prospective student's application will not be processed until both the Graduate School and DNP Program application and supporting materials have been received.
The online application may be completed on this website. Be sure to completely fill out the application.
The deadline for application is October 1st of the year prior to starting in the Spring semester. Incomplete files will not be considered for admission; verification of the completeness of the file is the student applicant’s responsibility. As noted in the Graduate Information Guide, College of Nursing and Health Professions, admission decisions are non-grievable.
In addition to the application, the following documentation must be submitted to the School of Nursing. Evidence of the following is required before registering for clinical practicums.
- Copy of License (RN, APN/APRN)
- Copy of Advanced Practice Certification (NP,CNS, NA)
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- 3 Work References in Envelope with Signature on the Seal or Emailed Directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Copy of Current CPR (American Heart Association for Professionals) valid through the academic year
- Copy of TB skin tests valid through the academic year
- Evidence of Hepatitis B immunization or signed declination statement
- Copy of professional liability insurance
- Copy of valid health insurance
- Copy of TOEFL score if applicable
Supporting documents listed above should be mailed to:
College of Nursing and Health Professions
ATTN: Amanda Waters
PO Box 910
State University, AR 72467
Selection Process Information
Admission to the DNP program is competitive. In addition to ranking based on MSN cumulative GPA, GRE scores and references, the applicant’s background and documentation of professional experience are present in the resume/vitae and will be considered in the application review process.
Applicants will interview with a potential advisor and DNP admissions and progressions committee. Interviews of applicants will be considered in the selection process.
Program of Study
Spring Semester 1: 6 hours
NURS 8113, Theoretical Foundations for Doctor of Nursing Practice NURS 8123, Leadership, Policy, and Healthcare Systems
Fall Semester 1: 6 hours
NURS 8143, Healthcare Finance NURS 8133, Epidemiology and Population Health
Spring Semester 2: 6 hours
NURS 8153, Healthcare Informatics NURS 8213, Translational Research for Doctor of Nursing Practice Is
Summer Semester 1: 7 hours
NURS 8314, Introduction to Internship (1 credit to 45 clock hours) NURS 8163, Principles of Healthcare Ethics and Genetics
Fall Semester 2: 6 hours
NURS 8223, Translational Research for Doctor of Nursing Practice II NURS 8323, Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical Internship I (1 credit to 45 clock hours)
Spring Semester 3: 10 hours
NURS 8235, Doctor of Nursing Practice Evidence Based Project NURS 8335, Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical Internship II (1 credit to 45 clock hours)
Total credit hours for Program = 41 credits
Minimum Clinical Clock Hours = 540
Transforming Health Care Delivery
The DNP curricula builds on traditional master’s programs with education in evidenced based practice, advanced clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills to design and implement programs of care delivery which significantly impact health care outcomes and have the potential to transform health care delivery.
Graduates with this terminal practice degree will be prepared for roles in direct care or indirect, systems-focused care.
The DNP program is structured in compliance with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission’s 2008 Standards and Criteria: Clinical Doctorate Degree Programs in Nursing (NLNAC).