Arkansas DNP Programs

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Arkansas DNP Programs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal nursing degree that is focused on clinical practice. It differs from the PhD, which focuses on research. In Arkansas, DNP's are prohibited from using the term "doctor." There are currently two DNP programs in Arkansas, one of which is offered by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the other is offered by the University of Arkansas.

The mission of both Arkansas DNP programs is to provide an education that allows graduates to experts and leaders in the field and to increase the quality of clinical care provided in the changing healthcare industry. Both programs are new.

Admission Requirements

The University of Arkansas DNP program has two means of entry: post-BSN and post-MSN (programs must be accredited by either NLNAC or CCNE). The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences requires applicants to have a master's degree. Admission requirements vary for these programs, but are as follows:

  • University of Arkansas
    • BSN to DNP and Post-MSN Applicants
      • Current RN license in good standing
      • Completion of basic health assessment course
      • "C" or better in basic-level statistics class
      • Basic computer and library skills
    • Post-MSN to DNP Additional Requirements
      • APN licensure
      • Certification as an APN
      • "B" or better in graduate-level health policy course
  • University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences (Admission deadline for fall is June 1)
    • Official transcript reflecting all graduate work
    • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.40
    • Proof of unencumbered Arkansas or Texas RN license and advanced practice license
    • Notarized proof of 3,000 hours or more as an advanced practice nurse or nursing administrator
    • Evidence of supervised graduate clinical hours
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Personal Interview
    • English proficiency (TOEFL for foreign grads)
    • A statistics refresher course or review is advised

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Arkansas Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (AR)

As of May 28, 2010, the state of Arkansas does not currently offer a DNP degree program at any of their local colleges or universities. If you are a nurse seeking DNP certification, NurseGroups recommends that you research your distance learning/ online program options.

See the online DNP program section of this article for a link to one such program.

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 Arkansas 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.

Arkansas DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Arkansas, 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 Arkansas educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Arkansas Board of Nursing to find out more about how Arkansas recognizes DNPs.

Online DNP Programs for Arkansas Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Arkansas, more and more Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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, Arkansas 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 involvement 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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