Program Overview

The online practice-focused DNP degree program from The University of Alabama is designed to prepare graduates at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care. The curriculum focuses on:

  • ​Providing care to populations and communities with an emphasis on improving quality and access to underserved and diverse populations
  • ​Advocating for reasonable, rational, and data driven health regulations, standards, and practices
  • ​Sustaining collaborative and strategic relationships
  • ​Promoting innovative, effective health care programs
  • ​Forming partnerships with diverse groups to address health disparities

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    • Current unencumbered RN licensure in a state currently approved for admission.
    • A master's degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing in an advanced nursing practice area (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife or nurse anesthetist). Individuals who have a master's degree in nursing in an area other than advanced practice may request to have their application evaluated to determine if they meet requirements for admission to the DNP program. These individuals, upon admission, may require additional coursework prior to beginning actual DNP courses.
    • Advanced practice national certification or eligibility to sit for advanced practice national certification (must pass specific certification exam prior to completing 12 credit hours of DNP coursework).
    • A 3.0 GPA based on a 4.0 system in a completed graduate degree program.

    School Overview

    The University of Alabama, the state of Alabama’s oldest public university, is a senior comprehensive doctoral-level institution. The University was established by constitutional provision under statutory mandates and authorizations in 1819. Its mission is “to advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state through quality programs of teaching, research and service.”

    UA offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees from the following schools and colleges:

    • College of Arts & Sciences
    • College of Communication & Information Sciences
    • College of Community Health Sciences
    • College of Continuing Studies
    • Culverhouse College of Commerce
    • College of Education
    • College of Engineering
    • Graduate School
    • Honors College
    • College of Human Environmental Sciences
    • Law School
    • Capstone College of Nursing
    • School of Social Work

    In addition, degrees at all levels may be earned online through the department of Distance Education.


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