Doctor of Nursing Practice

Admission Requirements

All students admitted to the DNP program must meet all UNA graduate admission requirements in addition to the following DNP program requirements:

1) A completed application to the ACONHP graduate program.

2) A 3.0 or better GPA in Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a professionally accredited nursing program in the United States.  Admission to the Advanced Practice Tract requires a MSN in an advanced practice area.  Official transcripts are required. 

3) Submission of current resume

4) Two letters of recommendation from professionals in academia or industry who can comment on your accomplishments, contributions to healthcare, leadership abilities, and other potential factors of success

5) Submission of certification as an advanced practice nurse, if applicable.

6) Submission of current registered nurse license with no restrictions or reprimands.  Submission of current advanced practice license with no restrictions or reprimands if applicable.  Nurses with any restrictions or reprimands on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program cannot be admitted. 

7) Submission of a professional statement that outlines a proposed project topic, a brief summary of the literature and discussion on a possible evidence-based Doctor of Nursing Practice project addressing the proposed topic.  This should be in APA format and no more than one written page with a second page for references.   Topic should be related to the desired track. 

8) All DNP applicants must complete a criminal background check and drug screen.  

9) Upon admission applicants will be required to submit all required clinical documentation.  

All DNP students are expected to maintain a high quality of academic performance in their courses, which includes appropriate standards of conduct and academic honesty.  Students must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or better at all times.  Students are subject to dismissal from the program if they receive a "C" or lower in any course, violate academic honesty standards, violate any ethical standard, or violate any patient standard of care.  

Requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice

DNP Core Courses
NU 700Data Management and Health Analysis3
NU 702Health Care Informatics3
NU 704Writing for Dissemination3
NU 706Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation3
NU 708Epidemiology3
NU 800DNP I: Project Identification1
NU 802DNP II: Project Development2
NU 804DNP III: Project Implementation3
NU 806DNP IV: Project Evaluation3
NU 900Advanced Experiential Clinical0-3
Select one of the following tracks:15-18
Advanced Practice Track
Population Health Leadership and Simulation Track
Educational Leadership and Simulation Track
Total Hours39-45

DNP Track Options

Advanced Practice Track 

DNP Advanced Practice Track
NU 720Scientific Underpinnings3
NU 722Health Policy and Politics3
NU 724Health Disparities3
NU 726Patient Outcomes and Sustainable Change3
NU 728Leadership3
Total Hours15

Population Health Leadership and Simulation Track

DNP: Population Health Leadership and Simulation Track
NU 730Leadership and Innovation in Population Health3
NU 732Finance and Policy for Healthcare Delivery3
NU 734Population Health I3
NU 736Population Health II3
NU 750Role of Technology and Simulation in Population Health3
NU 752Advanced Nursing Simulation3
Total Hours18

Educational Leadership and Simulation Track

DNP: Educational Leadership and Simulation Track
NU 730Leadership and Innovation in Population Health3
NU 734Population Health I3
NU 740Transformational Teaching Learning Resources, Strategies, and Evaluation I3
NU 742Transformational Teaching Learning Resources, Strategies, and Evaluation II3
NU 750Role of Technology and Simulation in Population Health3
NU 752Advanced Nursing Simulation3
Total Hours18