Nursing Practice D.N.P.
Explore the nursing practice doctoral degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage
Emphasizing professional practice, theory, research and leadership, the accredited
doctorate in nursing program at UAA advances health care delivery and research application
in the context of Alaska’s diverse communities. The program’s small size enables you
to personalize your clinical and residency experiences, particularly in rural and
Nursing practice scholarships and financial aid
Learn more about scholarships from the University of Alaska Foundation and other opportunities for financial support from the UAA Office of Financial Aid.
Non-clinical graduate nursing courses are available online and may be offered synchronously — the entire class participates at a pre-scheduled time — or asynchronously. Clinical courses have a required on-campus component.
Time to degree completion
Depending on which degree program pathway you’re in, you can earn your nursing doctorate in two to four years of full-time or part-time study.
Nursing student advising
Explore your options and develop a plan to complete your nursing D.N.P. with help from the program chair, program coordinator, a faculty advisor and a project chair.
Did you know..
The B.S. to D.N.P. degree program pathway is a new option in UAA’s graduate nursing program, with enrollment beginning in Fall 2019.
What can you do with a nursing practice degree from UAA?
Specialize in the nursing field and qualify for management and leadership jobs in
health care with a doctorate in nursing.
Nursing practice careers
UAA D.N.P. alumni are employed across Alaska in urban and rural settings, such as:
- Sea Mar Community Health Centers
- Alaska Children’s Health Center
- University of Alaska Anchorage
By the numbers..
Nursing practice doctoral degree program highlights
Combine real-world clinical experience with an intensive, interprofessional degree program to prepare for a career inciting change and increasing access to Alaska’s health care system.
- Participate in hands-on clinical experiences throughout Alaska, in both urban and
M.S. to D.N.P. graduate students can waive up to 700 practice hours with previous supervised clinical experience. The remaining clinical experiences are individualized to enhance your advanced practice registered nurse and leadership skills.
B.S. to D.N.P. graduate students work in placements directly related to their focus area. P.M.H.-N.P. graduate students have provided outpatient psychiatric care to young adults, transgender youth and veterans and co-led support groups for traumatized children. F.N.P. graduate students have worked with faculty in small, rural Alaska villages to conduct Head Start screening physicals.
- Work with nursing professionals who have a variety of experience and expertise.
Program faculty, instructors and preceptors include UAA alumni, clinical practitioners and board-certified nurses. Their specialties range from mental illness and rural mental health care, telehealth and emergency psychiatric medicine to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and child abuse forensics.
- Network and collaborate with fellow nursing graduate students and professionals.
The following organizations have active student chapters on UAA’s campus:
- UAA Student Nurses Association
- Alaska Nurses Association
- Alaska Psychiatric Association
- Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association
- Recruiting and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing
Nursing practice doctoral degree program curriculum
- B.N. to D.N.P.: The post-baccalaureate D.N.P. pathway is for registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. This pathway focuses on advanced practice primary care skills for individuals across the lifespan. You can choose to add a concentration in the family nurse practitioner (F.N.P.) or psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (P.M.H.-N.P.) specialty area. Clinical courses are taught with a combination of online and on-campus intensives.
- M.S. to D.N.P.: The post-master’s D.N.P. pathway is for advanced practice registered nurses with a master’s degree in nursing who are certified as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives or registered nurse anesthetists. Except for on-site clinical coursework, you can take all of your classes online.
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