DNP Transfer

Important Information

For students seeking a DNP degree meeting requirements to sit for initial certification as a nurse practitioner: The College of Nursing will permit a student to transfer up to twelve (12) credits of graduate credits from another accredited graduate school in the United States, provided that the grades are “B” or better, and the subjects are acceptable to the department concerned. The six-year completion time for DNP degree begins with the oldest course that is to be applied to the degree.

For students seeking a DNP degree meeting requirements to sit for certification in a second advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) specialty: The College of Nursing will permit a student to transfer up to eighteen (18) credits of graduate credits from UAMS or another accredited graduate school in the United States earned as part of his/her APRN program, provided that the grades are “B” or better, and the subjects are acceptable to the department concerned. These credits will not apply to the six-year completion time for the DNP program. Students requesting credit for advanced pharmacology must hold prescriptive authority as an APRN. Students requesting credit for advanced health assessment and diagnostic reasoning may be required to successfully complete a simulated physical exam.

For students seeking DNP degree with leadership focus: The College of Nursing will permit a student to transfer up to twelve (12) credits of graduate credits from another accredited graduate school in the United States, provided that the grades are “B” or better, and the subjects are acceptable to the department concerned. The six-year completion time for DNP degree begins with the oldest course that is to be applied to the degree. If a graduate level epidemiology course is accepted for transfer, this course is excluded from the six-year completion time.

Process for Review of Transfer

The Associate Dean for Academic Programs or Associate Dean for Practice of the College of Nursing should be petitioned for requesting transfer of credit hours and may be petitioned on a case-by-case basis to consider additional transfer credits. A student will not be permitted to transfer credit from another institution for any comparable course that has been registered for twice at UAMS. Graduate nursing courses will be evaluated for transfer if copies of course syllabi, a transfer request fee, and an official transcript reflecting the completed coursework are sent to the College of Nursing Student Services Office for processing.