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 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 two options to the DNP: post-bachelors and post-masters.

  • The post-bachelors plan of study prepares BSN prepared nurses for roles as nurse practitioner at the highest level.
  • The post-masters plan of study prepares individuals with graduate nursing degrees in nursing administration or APRNs (Certified Nurse Midwife, Certified Nurse Practitioner, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and Clinical Nurse Specialists) for leadership roles.


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


Leonie DeClerk

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