Doctor of Nursing Practice

WELCOME

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.

WHAT YOU LEARN

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) DNP graduate will be prepared to lead inter-professional 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 three options for the DNP: initial nurse practitioner specialty (post-BSN to DNP), second nurse practitioner specialty (post-master’s), and post-master’s leadership focus.

  • The initial nurse practitioner specialty plan of study prepares BSN or master’s prepared nurses for roles as nurse practitioners at the highest level.
  • The second nurse practitioner specialty plan of study prepares individuals who are already licensed and certified as an APRN for a second nurse practitioner role.
  • The post-master’s plan of study prepares individuals with graduate degree in nursing administration or an APRN role for leadership roles.

DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE PROGRAM

Initial Nurse Practitioner Specialty Preparation (post-BSN or post-master’s; full-time program) (Fall Start)Application DeadlineFall (August) Start
Post-BSN (full-time program; initial certification)
Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse PractitionerFebruary 1stClasses for new DNP students begin each August
Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse PractitionerFebruary 1stClasses for new DNP students begin each August
Family Nurse PractitionerFebruary 1stClasses for new DNP students begin each August
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse PractitionerFebruary 1stClasses for new DNP students begin each August
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary CareFebruary 1stClasses for new DNP students begin each August
Second Nurse Practitioner Specialty Preparation (post-master’s with license and certification in APRN role [NP, CNS, CNM, or CRNA])  
Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse PractitionerFebruary 1stClasses for new DNP students begin each August
Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse PractitionerFebruary 1stClasses for new DNP students begin each August
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse PractitionerFebruary 1stClasses for new DNP students begin each August
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary CareFebruary 1stClasses for new DNP students begin each August
Post-master’s leadership focus (5 and 7 semester options)May 1stClasses for new DNP students begin each August

 

 

 

 

WHY UAMS

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

 

Contact

Leonie DeClerk

Leonie DeClerk, DNP, RN, APRN, FNP-BC
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Phone: (501) 686-8384
Email: LCDeclerk@uams.edu