DNP-Level Preparation for Nurse Practitioner Role

The College of Nursing offers a DNP degree with nurse practitioner preparation. The initial nurse practitioner specialty program (post-BSN to DNP) may be completed in 3 or 4 years to prepare students in one of the following nurse practitioner specialties:

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Primary Care Pediatrics
  • Acute Care Pediatrics

Applicants who are already certified as APRNs (NP, CNM, CNS, or CRNA) may apply to the post-BSN to DNP track to meet requirements for one of the following nurse practitioner specialties:

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Primary Care Pediatrics
  • Acute Care Pediatrics

Upon successful completion of required coursework, students are eligible to sit for national certification in his or her chosen specialty.

UAMS was an early adopter of technology in nursing education. Faculty are experts in delivering high quality programs through online and telecommunications.  The post-BSN to DNP program uses a hybrid format and distance modalities to enable students to remain close to their homes.  Classes offered on-campus are telecommunicated across the state and Blackboard is used for online courses.  Laboratory experiences are offered on-campus and at the UAMS Regional Centers.  Experiential learning occurs at clinical sites throughout the state.

Students are able to complete the post-BSN to DNP program in 3 or 4 years and sit for a national certification exam in his or her chosen APRN specialty.  The post-BSN to DNP program has a fall-only admission with an application deadline of February 1st.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

This 3-year or 4-year program or study prepares graduates to sit for certification in their area of APRN specialty.

A sample program of study is available for review.

Please click the links below to learn more about specific specialties.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Contact

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