Doctor of Nursing Practice
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 either:
- A BSN degree earning a Master of Nursing Science Degree with seamless transition into the DNP program
- A master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program
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.
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), 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 institutes of excellence and centers.
- Translational Research Institute
- Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging
- Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute
- Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy
- Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
- Psychiatric Research Institute
- Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute
- Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (one of only eight nursing programs in the country)
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
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited nursing program or equivalency
- Earned master’ in nursing in an advanced nursing practice specialty, administration or health related profession from a nationally accredited institution
- Minimum of a 3.0 GPA in a master’s of nursing program
- Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which practice will occur
- Certification as an advanced practice registered nurse (if applicable)
- An interview with faculty either in person of by phone
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Cathrin Carithers, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Director Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Phone: (501) 526-6766