Nursing Practice D.N.P.

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    Nursing Practice D.N.P.

    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 APRNs who want to expand their practice knowledge and skills and influence health care policy.

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 underserved populations.

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
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.

Nursing Practice D.N.P.

Degree Type:

  • Doctoral

Concentration: Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in Nursing

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..

100%
The job placement rate for nurse practitioners after they are certified
Salary.com, March 2018
$103k
The median annual nurse practitioner salary
Salary.com, March 2018

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 rural settings.

    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
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The Student Health and Counseling Center addresses the physical and mental health care needs of the UAA campus community by providing access to high-quality, affordable health care, counseling, outreach and education services.

UAA Student Health and Counseling Center

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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