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 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
All courses are offered online, and clinical hours are completed in the student’s home community, if possible. The program requires up to three brief visits to the UAA campus in Anchorage.

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 D.N.P. 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 D.N.P. 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 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..

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

    D.N.P. 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:
    • UAA Student Nurses Association
    • Alaska Nurses Association
    • Alaska Psychiatric Association
    • Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association
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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

The post-master’s D.N.P. 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. You can take all of our courses online, and students may be able to complete clinical hours in their home community.

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