Doctor of Nursing Practice

Leonie DeClerk, DNP, RN, APRN, FNP-BC
Interim Director Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

To meet the increasing complexity of our health care environment, the Institute of Medicine calls for health care to reduce the burden of illness, injury and disability for our nation. Improvement strategies include the provision of care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) blends clinical, organizational, economic and leadership skills to prepare nurses at the highest level to lead health care innovation and influence policy. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) DNP graduate will be prepared to lead interprofessional teams to identify, implement and evaluate innovative health care models to address improving quality outcomes for individuals, families, and populations.

The UAMS College  of Nursing Offers entry into the DNP program with:

  • A master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program in Nursing Administration or an APRN (Certified Nurse Midwife, Certified Nurse Practitioner, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, or Clinical Nurse Specialist)


Part of the diversity of the  Post-master’s DNP program at UAMS is the students who work in a variety of settings throughout Arkansas and surrounding states. On-line learning allows students the flexibility to fit education into their busy schedule and at their convenience. The UAMS DNP program is an on-line program that can be accomplished as a full-time student (5 semesters) or part-time student (8 semesters). An on-campus two-day orientation at the beginning of the program of study provides opportunity for interaction among students and faculty and promotes on-line learning skills to facilitate successful program completion. Program course work includes “web-based classes” to introduce and/or clarify concepts throughout the program and students can choose to attend via laptop or smartphone in real time or view the recorded sessions later. Targeting the adult learner, the curriculum is based on the DNP Essentials set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for the practice doctorate.

DNP Full-Time Program of Study

DNP Part-Time Program of Study


UAMS is one of the region’s major academic health centers. The UAMS College of Nursing is engaged in activities and partnerships that promote scholarly excellence, research and service to the university, nursing profession and society.  DNP students will become experts in the evaluation and translation of evidence into practice settings driven by their interests and expertise to address significant healthcare or policy issues. As one of the five UAMS colleges (College of Health Professions, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health) and  a Graduate School, the College of Nursing offers excellent opportunities for students who desire a terminal clinical practice degree. In addition to our hospital and clinics, UAMS includes the following institutes of excellence:

And a center of excellence:

UAMS and the College of Nursing offer DNP students

  • The opportunity to learn at UAMS, which is one of the region’s major academic health centers with outreach programs operating in every county and a regional campus in Northwest Arkansas
  • Collaboration with community organizations and health care systems to promote health and disease and injury prevention and treatment.
  • Access to the UAMS Library, a major biomedical information resource that is committed to meeting the information needs of its users with a strong service orientation that is characterized by responsiveness, professionalism, and effectiveness.
  • A state of the art simulation center for interprofessional education


  • Earned master’ in nursing in an advanced nursing practice specialty or  nursing administration from a nationally accredited institution
  • Proof of unencumbered Arkansas or unencumbered Texas RN license (Bowie County only)
  • Proof of unencumbered Arkansas or unencumbered Texas (Bowie County only) advanced practice nursing license (if applicable)
  • Certification as an advanced practice registered nurse (if applicable)
  • Proof of cumulative graduate nursing degree GPA of at least 3.00 required
  • Proof of hours of precepted (supervised) graduate clinical hours
  • Successful completion of TOEFL requirement within 30 days of application deadline if required
  • A personal interview is required either on campus, via telephone or Skype (During your interview you will need a copy of your CV, and you will complete an essay)



Leonie DeClerk, DNP, RN, APRN, FNP-BC
Interim Director Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Phone: (501) 686-8384