Academic Programs

Donna J. Middaugh, PhD, RN
Associate Dean for Academic Programs

The UAMS College of Nursing provides exemplary and comprehensive educational programs, based on scholarship in education and practice. The College offers educational programs to prepare nurses for professional practice, advanced practice, teaching, and administrative roles, thereby enhancing health care for the people in Arkansas. As a leader in the preparation of nurses for advanced health care, the College of Nursing collaborates with Area Health Education Centers, other colleges of nursing, and the health care community to provide degree and continuing education programs. The College enhances access to education in this rural, agrarian state by also offering programs for nurses through distance education.

The teaching/learning process in the College fosters intellectual and personal growth; stimulates inquiry, critical thinking, and synthesis of knowledge; and helps the individual value and pursue life-long learning.

Baccalaureate nursing education builds upon a liberal arts and science foundation and provides the basis for the practice of professional nursing as a generalist. Students are prepared to think critically and to make clinical judgments which promote, restore, and maintain health. The nurse generalist is prepared for beginning level professional practice in a variety of settings. Baccalaureate education also provides the foundation for master’s study.

Graduate education includes master’s and doctoral study. Master’s nursing education 1) prepares nurses for specialization in advanced practice roles in a variety of settings and 2) prepares advanced practice nurses to synthesize knowledge regarding health care systems and theoretical, scientific, and clinical knowledge from nursing and other disciplines for application to practice. Master’s education provides the foundation for doctoral study.

Doctoral Education

The Ph.D. program focuses on preparing the graduate for the advancement of the art and science of nursing through research and scholarship. Through coursework and electives, the student can focus his or her role in the area of nurse scientist, clinician, administrator, or educator.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) blends clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills to prepare nurses at the highest level to lead health care improvement, innovation, and influence policy.  DNP professional nursing preparation provides the skills and tools to enable graduates to lead interprofessional teams in the translation of evidence into practice and the improvement of systems of care to influence outcomes of individuals, families, and populations.