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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.
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.
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.