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Nursing Doctoral Degree Program
Graduate studies at the doctoral level place primary emphasis upon advanced professional nursing practice, theory, research and leadership roles in advancing health care delivery systems and application of research into practice. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) represents the highest degree in nursing practice. The DNP program at the UAA SON is accredited through 2021 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.
There are two pathways for the DNP degree.
- The post-baccalaureate DNP pathway is for registered nurses who have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a generalist (non-APRN) or nursing education focus. They will develop advanced practice primary care skills for individuals across the life-span as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP). In addition, they will expand their knowledge and skills to interpret research, apply best practices, and incorporate clinical knowledge and leadership skills to influence health care systems and policy. In fall 2019, the post-baccalaureate DNP pathway will replace the current master's degree nurse practitioner options (FNP and PMH-NP). Contact a DNP advisor for details.
- The post-masters DNP pathway is for individuals who are master’s prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and are certified nurse practitioners (NPs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs), or certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). Since students in this pathway are already educated in a population focused advanced practice role, the program is designed to expand their knowledge and skills to interpret research, apply best practices, and incorporate clinical knowledge and leadership skills to influence health care systems and policy.
Nursing Master's Degree Programs
Graduate studies at the master’s level place primary emphasis upon advanced professional nursing practice, theory, research and health care delivery systems. The master’s program is accredited through 2025 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. Students may develop a specialized practice focus in nursing leadership (NLDR) with a concentration in nursing education (NLDR-educ) or administration (NLDR-admin), as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) or psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMH-NP). In fall 2019, the FNP and PMH-NP will transition to the DNP (see Nursing Doctoral Degree Program above).
Nursing Graduate Certificate Programs
The nursing graduate certificate programs were designed for individuals who have previously acquired their master’s or doctoral degrees in nursing and wish to expand their nursing competencies or practice. The graduate certificate programs are accredited through 2025 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. Graduate certificate programs are offered in several specialty areas: family nurse practitioner (FNP), psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMH-NP) or nurse educator (EDUC). Prior nursing degrees must be issued from institutions that hold regional accreditation and from programs that hold nursing accreditation (from either the ACEN or the CCNE). The graduate certificate curriculum builds on the student’s prior graduate degree in nursing by integrating content from that degree with theory-based advanced practice nursing courses and specialty clinical practice. To be eligible for either the FNP or PMH-NP graduate certificate programs, the individual must already be certified as a nurse practitioner in another specialty.
Programs of Study
Master of Science
- Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner
- Certificate in Nursing Education
- Certificate in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Doctor of Nursing Practice
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