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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a joint program offered by The University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing (UAHCON) and The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing (UABSON) and The University of Alabama (UACCN).

The purposes of the DNP program are to prepare graduates at the highest level of nursing practice to:

  • provide complex hospital and community-based care for patients and families.
  • redesign and evaluate nursing and health care systems.
  • address dire shortages of clinical nursing faculty to mentor and educate new nurses.

Notice: The Joint Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is scheduled for review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). As part of this review, CCNE invites program constituents to submit, in writing, comments concerning the program's qualifications for accreditation status. Only signed comments are accepted by CCNE.

If you would like to submit a third-party comment for a program currently under review, please submit to thirdpartycomments@aacn.nche.edu.

Or, if you prefer, mail comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036


From Our DNP Graduates

"DNP education allows me to influence what changes I want to see in healthcare. Combine that with evidence based practice and change is almost inevitable."

Dr. Dee Dee Gardner, 2009 graduate

"My DNP educational experience has provided me a better understanding of our healthcare delivery system and the need for improved delivery approaches based on evidence-based practice and research."

Dr. Sallyann Storer, 2011 graduate

"Completion of the DNP program at UAH expanded my realm of possibilities, challenged me to dig deeper and created a network of nursing colleagues that provide insight and resources for professional growth and interaction."

Dr. Lynn Hogan, 2009 graduate

DNP Program Highlights

  • Ranked 6th Best Online Graduate Nursing Program by US News & World Report.
  • $340 per hour tuition with no additional fees, regardless of residence.
  • Fully online program with one required orientation on campus and annual DNP Intensive in Spring semesters.
  • Eligible students include nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, and individuals certified in leadership/administration or informatics.
  • Enrollment as either part-time or full-time student.

Program Objectives

The graduate of the UABSON/UACCN/UAHCON Joint DNP Program will:

  1. Synthesize scientific evidence for the development of clinical interventions for practice.
  2. Evaluate policy, care delivery, and organizational systems for current and future health care needs.
  3. Demonstrate intra and interprofessional collaboration to address health disparities and to improve health care quality across diverse populations and cultures.
  4. Incorporate knowledge of current and emerging health technologies to improve care delivery and organizational systems.
  5. Translate scientific, theoretical, and ethical principles into health care for individuals, families, and populations.
  6. 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.
  7. Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in health care.

The DNP focus is to prepare expert practitioners who can also serve as clinical faculty. The DNP will initially be offered as post-master's entry to nurses with a specialized advanced nursing master's degree.