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Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions | Graduate School

Department: Nursing


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is an online program that includes an on-campus immersion 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.  The Doctorate of Nursing Practice education program is a Candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Deadline:  May 1st for Summer Term

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. 

Curriculum Overview

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. 

Clinical Hours

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.


Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

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  • Admission Requirements


    All applicants must first apply online to the ASTATE Online.  Click here to access ASTATE Online

    Program Admission

    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).

    3. Licensure

    A current unencumbered APN license in the USA with national specialty certification as appropriate.

    4. Statistics

    Successfully completed a graduate-level statistics or biostatistics course with a grade of “B” or above.

    5. 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.

    6. Essay

    An essay of no more than 450 words, to discuss your DNP career goals.

    7. 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.   Click here for Reference Form.

    8. Background Check

    Satisfactory criminal background check through the School of Nursing.

    9. 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 DNP Program

    ASTATE ONLINE Application

    All applicants are required to first apply to Arkansas State University through ASTATE Admission.  On the ASTATE Admission page, select the application type from the drop down menu that reads A-State Online Doctoral. All applicants for the DNP program are required to pay an admission fee of $50.00.  You will need to create a login.  A prospective student's application will not be processed until the ASTATE Admissions  to Graduate School,  DNP Program application and supporting materials have been received.

    DNP Application

    The DNP online application may be completed on this website. Be sure to completely fill out the application.


    The deadline for application is May 1st of the year prior to starting in the Summer 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.

    Supporting Documentation

    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  Dr. Jessica Camp at jcamp@astate.edu 
    • 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
    Mailing Address

    Supporting documents listed above should be mailed to:

    College of Nursing and Health Professions
    ATTN: Dr. Jessica Camp
    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 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.

    Applicant Interviews

    Applicants will interview with a potential advisor and DNP admissions and progressions committee. Interviews of applicants will be considered in the selection process.  

  • Careers

    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.

  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice Booklist

    For the entire program:

    American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American psychological association (7th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


    Semester I (Spring)


    NURS 8113: Theoretical Foundations for DNP

    Butts, J. and Rich, Karen. (2018) Philosophies and Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice, 3rd Edition.  Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett.


    NURS 8133: Epidemiology for the DNP

    Gordis, D. (2014). Epidemiology.  (5th ed.) Elsevier:  Canada. ISBN:  978-1-4557-3733-8


    Semester II (Fall)


    NURS 8143: Healthcare Finance in Advanced Nursing

    Waxman, K.T.  (2018). Financial and business management for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2nd Ed.  New York, New York:  Springer Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-8261-2206-3; E-Book ISBN:  978-0-2209-4


    NURS 8153: Healthcare Informatics in Advanced Nursing

    McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2018). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (Laureate Education, Inc., custom ed.). (4th ed.) Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning. ISBN#9781284043518 

    American Nurses Association. (2015). Nursing informatics: Scope & standards of practice (2nd ed.). Silver Springs, MD: Author. ISBN#9781558105805


    Semester III (Spring)


    NURS 8123: Leadership, Policy, and Healthcare Systems

    Ahmed, S., Andrist, L., Davis, S., & Fuller, V. (2018).  DNP education, practice, and policy: Mastering the dnp

    essentials for advancing nursing practice (2nd Ed).  New York, NY:  Springer Publishing.

    McLaughlin, C.P. and McLaughlin, C.D. (2019).  Health policy analysis: An interdisciplinary approach. 3rd ed.  Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.



    NURS 8213: Translational Research for DNP I

    Melnyk, MB and Fineout-Overholt, E.  Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare Ed.3 (2015) Philadelphia, PA. Wolters Kluwer ISBN 2014021179         

    White, K., Dudley-Brown, S., and Terhaar, M.F. (2016). Translation of Evidence into Nursing and Health Care Practice. 2nd Ed. New York, NY.: Springer Pub .ISBN:9780826117847


    Semester IV (Summer)


    NURS 8314 Introduction to Internship

    Holly, C. (2014).  Scholarly Inquiry and the DNP Capstone.  Springer Publishing Company:  New York, NY. ISBN:  978-0-8261-9387-2

    Moran, K., Burson, R., & Conrad, D. (2017).  The Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Project:  A Framework for Success. (2nd ed.). Jones and Bartlett Learning: Burlington, MA. ISBN:  978-1-2840-7968-5


    NURS 8163: Principles of Healthcare Ethics and Genetics

    Kasper, C., Schneidereith, T. and Lashley, F. (2016) Essentials of Clinical Genetics in Nursing Practice (2nd ed.). New York, N.Y.: Springer Publishing Co. LLC. ISBN: 978-0826129123 


    Semester V (Fall)


    NURS 8223: Translational Research for DNP II

    Melnyk, B., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2019). Evidence-based practice in nursing and healthcare (4th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.White, K., Dudley-Brown, S., & Terhaar, M. (2021). Translation of evidence into nursing and health care 3rd ed.). New York: Springer Publishing Company.  


    NURS 8323: DNP Clinical Internship I

    Bloch, J.R., Courtney, M.R., & Clark, M. L. (2016). Practice-based clinical inquiry in nursing for DNP and PhD research: Looking beyond traditional methods. NY: Springer Publishing.978-0-8261-2694-8


    Semester VI (Spring)


    NURS 8235: DNP Evidence Based Project

    Bloch, J.R., Courtney, M.R., & Clark, M. L. (2016). Practice-based clinical inquiry in nursing for DNP and PhD research: Looking beyond traditional methods. NY: Springer Publishing.978-0-8261-2694-8


    NURS 8335: DNP Clinical Internship II

    Bloch, J.R., Courtney, M.R., & Clark, M. L. (2016). Practice-based clinical inquiry in nursing for DNP and PhD research: Looking beyond traditional methods. NY: Springer Publishing.978-0-8261-2694-8



    *Supplemental Textbooks (Optional) for NURS 8123:

    Dichson, G.L. and Flynn, L. (2009).  Nursing policy research: Turning evidence based

    research into health policy.  New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

    O’Grady, T.P. and Malloch, K. (2015).  Quantum leadership 4th ed.  Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

    Mason, D.J., Leavitt, J.K., and Chaffee, M.W. (2012).  Policy and politics in nursing and health care. 6th ed. Elsevier Saunders.

    Goudreau, K.A. and Smolenski, M.C.(2014).  Health policy and advanced practice nursing.  New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

    Boykins, A., Schoenholer, S., Valentine, K. (2014).  Health care system transformation for nursing and health care leaders: Implementing a culture of change.  New York, NY: Springer Publishing. 

    Marshall, E.S. (2011).  Transformational leadership in nursing.  New York, NY: Springer


    *Supplemental Textbooks (Optional) for NURS 8143:

    Ahmed, S., Andrist, L., Davis, S., & Fuller, V. (2018).  DNP education, practice, and policy: Mastering the dnp

    essentials for advancing nursing practice (2nd Ed).  New York, NY:  Springer Publishing.