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Doctor of Nursing Practice

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    Doctor of Nursing Practice

    Earn the highest nursing degree possible in the first doctoral degree offered solely at UAA. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is intended for licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who want to expand their practice knowledge and skills and influence health care policy.

Explore the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Emphasizing professional practice, theory, research and leadership, the accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) 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 underserved populations. The DNP represents the highest degree in nursing practice and it builds upon previous nursing knowledge with advanced courses in quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and systems leadership.

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.

Online classes
All courses are offered online, and clinical hours are completed in the student’s home community, if possible. This is a part-time program that may require up to three brief visits to the UAA campus in Anchorage.

Nursing student advising
Explore your options and develop a plan to complete your DNP. with help from the program chair, program coordinator, a faculty advisor and a project chair.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Degree Type:

  • Doctoral

Program Length: Four Years


Accredited by: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in Nursing

Did you know..

The DNP program at UAA is the only one of its kind in the state of Alaska.

What can you do with a doctor of 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 DNP alumni are employed across Alaska in urban and rural settings, such as:

  • Alaska Children’s Health Center
  • Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute
  • University of Alaska Anchorage

By the numbers..

The job placement rate for nurse practitioners after they are certified, March 2018
The median annual nurse practitioner salary, March 2018

Doctor of nursing practice 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 rural settings

    DNP 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.
  • 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:
    • Alaska Nurses Association
    • Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association

Nursing practice doctoral degree program curriculum

The post-master’s DNP is for advanced practice registered nurses with a master’s degree in nursing who are certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, or certified registered nurse anesthetists. Since students in this pathway are already educated in a population-focused advanced practice role, the program is designed to expand their knowledge and skills to interpret research, apply best practices, and incorporate clinical knowledge and leadership skills to influence health care systems and policy.

Top classes for Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • Advanced Nursing Leadership: Enhances leadership skills of advance practice nurses to guide health care improvement, systems change and safety.
  • Advanced Practice Informatics: Provides an evidence-based foundation in informatics and technology for advanced practice. Emphasizes evolving technologies, health communications and clinical information systems. Evaluates impact of technology on safety, access to care and quality of health care outcomes.
  • Clinical Concentration: Provides final integration of advanced practice skills and evidence-based knowledge in a practice environment of interest to the student.
  • Health Services Organization and Finance: Synthesizes organizational theories in the health care context. Develops advanced practice role in complex health care organizations. Plans the design, implementation and evaluation of quality health care practices applying principles of finance, quality outcomes and cost analysis.