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Doctor of Nursing Practice Online

Develop your skills and expertise as an advanced practice nurse.

11/15/20 Next Application Due Date
01/06/21 Start Classes

Program Overview

$18,720* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
40 Credit Hours

Prepare to be a leader in the field of nursing with the Doctor of Nursing Practice online degree from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Designed for advanced practice nurses, this online program focuses on administrative, organizational, and systems leadership competencies that will prepare you for a variety of nursing leadership positions.

In this program, you will prepare to evaluate and redesign nursing and healthcare systems and gain the relevant knowledge you need to guide complex hospital and community-based care for patients and families. Taught by the same dedicated faculty as on campus, this writing intensive program will teach you how to translate evidence from original research and implement it within clinical practice.

In addition to the 100% online coursework, students will benefit from a required 2-day campus Intensive. Intensive is typically in the spring with geographic rotation—Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, and Birmingham—and can be completed at any time of your DNP career to meet faculty and other students.

In as few as 28 months for full-time students, and 52 months for part-time students, complete your DNP and gain the expertise and credentials to help transform healthcare.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The Master's Degree Program in Nursing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Graduates of this online DNP program will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize scientific evidence for the development of clinical interventions for practice
  • Evaluate policy, care delivery, and organizational systems for current and future health care needs
  • Demonstrate intra and interprofessional collaboration to address health disparities and to improve health care quality across diverse populations and cultures
  • Incorporate knowledge of current and emerging health technologies to improve care delivery and organizational systems
  • Translate scientific, theoretical, and ethical principles into health care for individuals, families, and populations
  • Assume complex leadership roles to advance clinical practice and health care delivery at the organizational and systems level and to improve health outcomes of individuals and populations.
  • Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in health care
  • Deliver evidence-based care using clinical reasoning and analysis of complex healthcare issues to improve patient outcomes

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition for our DNP online is affordable and can be paid by the course. Financial aid may also be available for students who qualify.

$405 Per Credit Hour
$18,720* Total Tuition

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DNP Online Program Tuition and Fees

Tuition shown below includes nursing courses only; it does not include cost of co-requisite courses.

Program Per Credit Hour Fees Per Program
Doctor of Nursing Practice $405 $2,520 $18,720*

Application Fee: $60

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Our DNP online program features a flexible format with 10- to 15-week courses and multiple start dates a year, so you can complete your coursework on a full-time or part-time basis. View the full calendar to find upcoming deadlines for submitting your application, documents and tuition payment.

Now Enrolling:

11/15/20 Next Application Deadline
01/06/21 Start Classes

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Session Course Start Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due
Spring I 01/06/21 11/15/20 11/22/20 01/04/21 01/06/21

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from The University of Alabama in Huntsville?


The admission process for the DNP online is simple and streamlined to help you get started right away. Please review the admission guidelines carefully.

MSN degree from an accredited nursing program
3.0 GPA on master’s degree coursework
RN license current and unencumbered

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Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice online degree program:

  • 3.0 GPA in Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited university and a nursing program that is accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA).
  • MSN must be in one of the following advance practice areas: Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Midwifery, Nursing Administration, or Informatics.
    • Copy of certification required for the following specialties: Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Midwifery, and Nurse Anesthetist.
    • Nurse Administrators and Informatics do not require certification, but it is encouraged
  • Submission of two-page professional statement, written with the following guidelines in mind; First page: Evidence-based synopsis on a topic that may be considered for a DNP project; Second page: No more than 5 references, in APA format. The professional statement is assessed for correct grammar, punctuation, word usage, APA format, coherent writing, and adequacy of the one-page paper (statement of clinical problem and literature review). Prospective students should select a topic based on their interests and alignment with the UAH faculty research activities. Examples of topics done by former DNP students include fall prevention, pressure ulcer prevention, provider adherence to asthma guidelines, and early recognition of sepsis. Education-only topics are not acceptable for the UAH DNP program.
  • Submission of Resume or CV.
  • RN license.

Students must submit the following document requirements by the end of the first semester (as part of NUR 737):

  • Criminal background check and drug testing
  • Physical/health exam
  • Tetanus Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)
  • PPD skin test, chest x-ray, or QuantiFERON TB Gold
  • Immunization records for Hepatitis B, Varicella, MMR, and Influenza
  • CPR or ACLS certification
  • Student consent forms and policies
  • Cultural Diversity, OSHA, and HIPAA certifications
  • Liability insurance
  • Current health insurance

Student must also submit verification of clinical hours from master's programs to be finished by the end of the first semester.


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Applicants must submit official transcripts to UAH through an electronic delivery service such as Docufide/Parchment, E-Scrip, or Student Clearinghouse.


The DNP online curriculum includes 12 courses totaling 40 credit hours. Post-master's DNP students with less than 500 clinical hours must take an additional course (NUR 734: Advanced Experiential Clinical), which is between 1-6 credit hours, for a potential total of 46 credit hours.

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Duration: 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This required course provides students with the knowledge base to understand, collect, manage, and measure clinical data. Students will explore data collection and management processes, levels of measurement, basic statistics, and measurement for improvement in order to effectively use clinical data. Data entry exercises employed through analytical tools and statistical software packages will allow the students to practice and apply the basic data management and analysis skills needed for the evaluation of clinical data and evidence-based practice.

Duration: 10 or 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course concerns the development of skills in writing, editing, and preparing manuscripts for publication from initial idea to submission of a publishable manuscript. The course emphasizes a writing process that encourages productivity and collegial peer review. Legal and ethical aspects of authorship prepare students for responsible practices expected of scholars. Students should have mastered basic writing skills (e.g., grammar, syntax, and computer skills) prior to enrolling in this course.

Duration: 10 or 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a required core course in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program that focuses on organizational and systems leadership and knowledge and skills critical to role development in independent and inter- and intra-disciplinary practice. Content includes communication, conflict resolution, collaboration and negotiation, leadership, and team-functioning to maximize success in the establishment of safe, effective patient-centered care in complex environments.

Duration: 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This required core course in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides an understanding of the use of theory and conceptual foundation to guide the complexity of specialty nursing practice at the doctoral level. The content is derived from the philosophical and scientific underpinnings of nursing, natural, and psycho-social sciences.

Duration: 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to provide students with models for evidence-based practice (EBP) design and improvement translation. Students learn to formulate clinical questions in answerable format, and search for and identify best research evidence. The focus of the course is to evaluate and critically appraise evidence for rigor and applicability to the clinical problem and is designed to improve clinical outcomes. Students will translate evidence into practice environments for safe, quality care. Students will gain access to information that will support optimal clinical decision-making. Improvement translation sciences will also be introduced.

Duration: 10 or 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares students to assume complex leadership roles in order to advance specialty practice and health. This course focuses on the unique challenges of engaging and influencing healthcare policy in the U.S. and internationally. It is designed to develop skills, techniques, and approaches to the critical analysis of health policy proposals, health policies, and related stakeholder in policy and public forums. The health policy framework is analyzed from a governmental, institutional, and organizational perspective.

Duration: 10 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This required core course in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares the student to implement specialty population-based disease prevention and health promotion activities to achieve national and international goals of improving worldwide health status. The course focuses on a spectrum of issues affecting health, which includes emerging infectious diseases, emergency preparedness, disparities in health and healthcare services, and the impact of behavior and lifestyle choices.

Duration: 10 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a required course in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which expands on evidence-based practice concepts to refine a problem statement and derive searchable and answerable clinical questions. Content includes conducting a systematic review of the literature to guide the selection of methods, strategies, tools, and metrics needed to complete a successful scholarly project. The course also addresses targeted strategies for disseminating evidence associated with scholarly projects.

Duration: 10 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1-6

This course is designed to validate master's level competencies in clinical and organizational leadership. The course is required for post-master's DNP students who are graduates of programs in nursing with less than 500 clinical hours.

Duration: 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This required core course in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program focuses on the collection, organization, analysis, and dissemination of information in nursing and healthcare. Students are introduced to the specialty of nursing informatics, the information system life-cycle telemedicine, and the use of technology to enhance nursing care delivery and patient safety. Also, students learn how to design, use, and manipulate large and small patient databases for the analysis of patient outcomes.

Duration: 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to synthesize knowledge related to translation/implementation science models and strategies to improve health outcomes. The emphasis in the course is the use of program evaluation as a strategic planning tool to achieve positive changes in health status, to initiate quality improvement, to engage in risk anticipation and management, and to facilitate organizational and system level changes.

Duration: 10 or 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to assist the student in selecting an area of interest within a practice specialization and in demonstrating professional competencies related to that area of interest. The student will document previously acquired abilities and competencies in a professional portfolio. Students will participate in the seminar to obtain guidance and receive peer suggestions about the portfolio and project plans.

Duration: 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 7

This is the capstone clinical course in all advanced practice tracks. The student presents evidence of achievements and competencies in a professional portfolio. The practice residency is completed in a specialty area of the student's choice. This course focuses on aspects of the final practice project and interventions that promote health, prevent illness and disability, and alleviate health disparities. The final project selected and planned by the student and advisor is implemented during this course. The student completes the project, evaluates the outcomes, disseminates findings, and makes a formal, scholarly presentation to peers and faculty. Taken over multiple increments; cannot finish all 7 credits in one course.

*Price subject to change for all programs. Tuition cost of RN to BSN reflects nursing courses only; does not include cost of co-requisite courses. Tuition cost of DNP does not include an additional clinical course that may be required.

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