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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.
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: