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Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program focuses on development of advanced competencies for complex practice, and research utilization for the improvement of clinical care delivery, patient outcomes, and system management. Graduates will be expert in designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating health care delivery systems and will be prepared to lead at the highest clinical and executive ranks.

There are two entry points to the D.N.P. program. We offer a post-Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) entry option for those with an awarded master's degree in nursing who are already prepared in the role of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (A.P.R.N.). Beginning fall 2009, we began offering a post-Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) entry option. This option builds on the B.S.N. degree and experience as a Registered Nurse (RN), and prepares individuals for the A.P.R.N. role. Both options culminate with the D.N.P. degree.

The D.N.P. program offers:

  • Advanced Practice direct care options for Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist specialties and a non direct care option, Professional and Organizational Leadership option for the post BSN option.
  • Faculty known nationally and internationally for work in their specialties
  • Close work with clinical mentors
  • Classes that mix online work with on-campus work*

*D.N.P. nursing courses are Web-enhanced and require attendance at class meetings approximately 5 times each semester on UK's campus. Courses are restricted to students enrolled in the D.N.P. program.

Additional information on the program including admission requirements and sample plans of study can be found on the University of Kentucky College of Nursing web site:

Delivered via: Internet and Onsite Instruction