Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing Science
Complete the Admissions Requirements for Graduate Degrees.
School of Nursing Admission Deadlines
The post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has a rolling admission policy. Completed applications are reviewed each term. Applicants may take up to nine credits of core courses, on a space-available basis and with faculty permission, while waiting for their application to be processed.
School of Nursing Admission Requirements
To be eligible for the post-Master's DNP program the student must submit documentation of the following:
- Earned graduate degree in nursing from an institutionally accredited Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). APRNs include certified nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, registered nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists.
- Graduate GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants who attended a program that issues pass/fail grades will not be competitive unless there is formal documentation that a passing grade is equivalent to 3.00 or higher.
- Registered professional nurse license in the state of Alaska. The license must remain active and unencumbered while in the School of Nursing (SON) graduate program.
- Active APRN license. The license must remain active and unencumbered while in the SON graduate program.
- Engaged in practice as an APRN.
- Faculty approved plan of study based on a Gap Analysis. A gap analysis is a process of reviewing transcripts to determine if additional courses might be needed or if some courses can be waived. The gap analysis form can be found in the SON DNP Handbook (see SON website for advisor contact information).
- Graduate-level statistics course within the last 5 years. If an applicant does not meet this requirement, NSG A633 will be added to the plan of study.
School of Nursing Admission Process
The UAA School of Nursing application process is as follows:
- Complete the UAA Graduate School online application. Monitor the application portal to make sure all requested transcripts are received and all references are uploaded. Only completed applications will be considered. As part of the application process you will be asked to:
- Upload your resume (follow the provided Resume Instructions)
- Provide three names/emails of individuals willing to provide a professional reference
- Upload a copy of your RN license
- Upload a copy of your APRN license
- Upload a copy of your APRN certificate
- Once your application is completed, contact the SON graduate program assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule the faculty interview and advising appointment.
Additional School of Nursing Requirements
Once accepted to the post-Master's DNP program, students will receive instructions for submission of the following requirements*:
- Documentation of current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for adults, infants, and children (this must remain current while attending the DNP program);
- Evidence of satisfactory health status, including immunity to chickenpox, rubella, rubeola, and hepatitis A and B (by titer), documentation of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) immunization within the past 10 years, an annual PPD skin test or health examination indicating freedom from active tuberculosis, documentation of an annual HIV test (results not required);
- Results of a SON-sanctioned national-level criminal background check.
Footnotes *The above requirements may change based on the demands of clinical facilities. Please check with the SON for the most recent list of requirements.
Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites. They are also responsible for their portion of the cost of audio conferencing. Students must have access to a personal computer and reasonable Internet connectivity. Prior to entry into the nursing program, students are expected to have graduate-level writing and American Psychological Association (APA) referencing skills (current edition), as well as basic computer and typing skills, for example:
- Word processing.
- Sending and receiving an e-mail with attachments.
- Accessing and navigating the Internet/World Wide Web.
- Basic understanding of hardware, software, and operating systems.
Students enrolled in the DNP program must maintain continuous enrollment and remain in good standing within the SON. A detailed schematic of the SON good standing policy can be found in the SON DNP Handbook. Noncompliance with the good standing policy and academic expectations will result in probation and possible dismissal from the program. To remain in good standing students must:
- Maintain professional and academic standards at all times.
- Maintain continuous enrollment each term until the degree is earned.
- Earn a minimum 3.00 (B) in all required coursework.
- Complete NSG A696A, NSG A696B and NSG A696C no later than three sequential semesters after completion of all other required coursework.
- Complete the General University Requirements for Graduate Degrees.
- Complete the following program requirements.
|Complete the following courses:|
|NSG A615||Health Services Organization and Finance||4|
|NSG A613||Advanced Practice Informatics *||2|
|NSG A614||Advanced Practice Ethics and Law *||2|
|NSG A618A||Advanced Nursing Leadership *||2|
|NSG A619A||Health Economics *||2|
|NSG A628||Practice Inquiry II: Design and Methods||3|
|NSG A629||Practice Inquiry III: Proposal Development||2|
|NSG A634||Epidemiology for Advanced Practice *||2|
|NSG A683||Clinical Immersion **||3|
|NSG A684||Clinical Concentration **||4|
|NSG A696A||Practice Inquiry IV A: Capstone Project||2|
|NSG A696B||Practice Inquiry IV B: Capstone Project **||2|
|NSG A696C||Practice Inquiry IV C: Capstone Project||2|
The post-Master's DNP program has a total of 35 credits. A student may petition to waive up to 7 credits based on an evaluation of their MS transcripts. A DNP requires 1,000 clinical hours; up to 700 hours may be waived based on documentation of supervised clinical hours earned in the master's degree program.
Capstone: Project Dissemination
The DNP program culminates in the successful completion of a scholarly capstone project. The project must focus on an issue related to improving patient outcomes, and it must demonstrate the synthesis of the student’s coursework and clinical practice application. Students who are unable to successfully defend their capstone while enrolled in NSG A696C may be required to take additional coursework. Specific requirements for additional coursework will be determined by the graduate program chairperson, the DNP coordinator, and the capstone project chair.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing Science will be able to:
- Demonstrate enhanced professional skills in advanced practice nursing using an ethical, evidence-based approach to promote healthy communities
- Apply clinical inquiry using a culturally sensitive, evidence-based approach to adapt practice and change health outcomes
- Act in expanded leadership roles to influence local, statewide and national health care policy and delivery systems serving unique, diverse and underserved populations