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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Program Details

The online DNP degree program from Arkansas State University is practice-focused and prepares nursing leaders for the highest level of clinical nursing practice beyond the initial and master's preparation in the discipline. Coursework explores topics such as:

  • ​Leadership, policy, and healthcare systems
  • ​Healthcare finance
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • ​Principles of healthcare ethics and genetics
  • ​Epidemiology and population health


  • A Master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE, COA, or NLNAC accredited program.
  • A minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  • A current unencumbered APN license in the USA with national specialty certification as appropriate.
  • Successfully completed a graduate-level statistics or biostatistics course with a grade of “B” or above.
  • Submit curriculum vitae/have at least one (1) year experience (2000 hours) as an APN prior to application to the DNP program verified by employer.
  • An essay.
  • Three work reference forms completed.
  • Satisfactory criminal background check through the School of Nursing.
  • For primary language other than English TOEFL score of 83 on the preferred internet-based test, (IBT), 570 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test.
  • Program includes an on-campus emersion experience prior to the start of each semester.

Accreditation & Licensing

The Higher Learning Commission

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)