Arizona DNP Programs

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Arizona DNP Programs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal nursing degree that focuses on patient care rather than research. The purpose of Arizona DNP programs is to improve the quality of patient care by enhancing nursing expertise and encouraging leadership in healthcare.

Currently, there are three DNP programs offered in Arizona. The programs are offered by The University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, and Arizona State University.

Admission Requirements

Both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University offer a post-BSN and post-MSN program entry, while Northern Arizona University requires applicants to have both a master's degree from an accredited program and a current APRN license.

In addition to the degree requirements, other requirements for admission vary in Arizona, though there are some similarities. All programs, for example, have a cumulative GPA requirement of 3.0 to 3.5 and list that foreign-educated students must prove English proficiency prior to admission. Northern Arizona University requires applicants to have a current advanced practice certification, a current registered nursing license in good standing, completion of specified coursework with at least a "B," three letters of recommendation, and a comprehensive personal statement about the applicant's experience. This University also sometimes requires an interview.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The program lengths vary between the three universities. At the University of Arizona, one can go from BSN to DNP, or MSN to DNP to become a Nurse Practitioner, by completing 74-77 credit hours. Post-master's students at this university wishing to reach the DNP must complete 43 credit hours. Northern Arizona University's MSN to DNP program consists of 71-76 credit hours and 1,000 hours of clinical practice.

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Arizona State University
411 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Arizona State University
1151 Forest Ave & E University Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281
University of Arizona
1010 North Highland Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85721

Arizona Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (AZ)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most _____ DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Arizona DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Arizona, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there is strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Arizona educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Arizona Board of Nursing to find out more about how Arizona recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Arizona schools current entrance requirements.

Online DNP Programs for Arizona Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Arizona, more and more Arizona higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Arizona to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Arizona nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvment in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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