Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have completed advanced education in the field and who have passed exams to become certified. There are three schools in Arizona that offer nurse practitioner programs. Short overviews of those programs can be found below, as well as a comparison table.
Arizona State University
The largest public college in the state, Arizona State University in Tempe is home to the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has four pathways for entry, including post-baccalaureate, post-master's with advanced practice specialty, post-master's without advanced practice specialty and post-master's innovation leadership.
The DNP post-baccalaureate program offers specializations in adult-gerontology, family psychiatric mental health, family nursing, pediatric nursing and women's health nursing. Within the program, students complete a clinical residency and culminating project, in addition to coursework. The post-baccalaureate program includes eight weeks of full-time study, and most of the program is completed online, with only 2-3 campus visits per year.
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff's Northern Arizona University (NAU) offers several nursing programs through the School of Nursing. Students can complete a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in family nurse practitioner, post-master's family nurse practitioner certificate and DNP. The MSN program includes coursework in nursing development, applied pathophysiology, advanced principles and family nursing theory, as well as three practicum experiences. The clinical doctorate program requires 71 credit hours, of which at least 30 must be completed at NAU. Courses cover the study of research-guided models of care, epidemiology and healthcare technology. A dissertation is required, as well as 1,000 clinical hours.
University of Arizona
The second largest public university with a School of Nursing offering nurse practitioner training is the University of Arizona in Tucson. The online DNP program offers two training tracks: BSN-DNP or MSN-DNP. Both programs include four specialties, including adult acute care, family, psychiatric and pediatrics. The BSN-DNP program requires 74-77 credit hours of advanced nursing training, while the MSN-DNP includes 71-74 credits. Both programs include 1,000 hours of clinical immersion.
The adult acute care program allows students to study disease prevention, health care maintenance, health assessment, clinical decision-making and illness management. Participants in the family nurse practitioner program are prepared to act as primary care providers, and the curriculum focuses on the health of family members throughout the human life span.The psychiatric mental health specialty includes training in advanced research, illness management, clinical decision-making and prevention for psychiatric disorders. The pediatrics program prepares candidates to work as pediatric specialists, which means they should be able to examine and diagnose healthy and sick children of all age groups. The university also offers an online psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certificate program.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Nurse Practitioner Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Arizona State University||Four-year, public; midsize city||DNP||$12,134 in-state, $25,888 out-of-state*|
|Northern Arizona University||Four-year, public; small city||MSN,
|$10,593 in-state, $20,015 out-of-state*|
|University of Arizona||Four-year, public; large city||Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate,
|$13,044 in-state, $33,393 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.