University of Alaska Anchorage: DNP and PhD in Nursing Programs Review
University of Alaska Anchorage, UAA School of Nursing, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508-8030.
The University of Alaska Anchorage is part of the University of Alaska (UAA) system. The university was established in 1954. Other campuses in the University of Alaska system include the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Southeast.
The School of Nursing at the University of Alaska was established in 1971 with the AAS (Associate of Applied Science) program. Today the university offers associate through doctoral degree programs in nursing including mobility programs for nurses seeking to advance their education.
The University of Alaska hosts the only offered nursing education on a regular basis in the state of Alaska. In recent years, the state has had suffered from a severe nursing shortage. A doctoral program at the nursing level will train additional nursing professional which can help alleviate this shortage by providing highly skilled nursing leaders.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Alaska Anchorage is in development. The earliest students would be admitted to the doctoral program is Fall 2014. Initially the DNP will be for masters prepared nurses with a future option for BSN prepared nurses. Two specialties, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP) will be offered in the DNP. Both nurse practitioner specializations are currently offers at the masters level. Entry requirements, number of students admitted, and scholarships are still being determined as the doctoral nursing program develops. Prospective applicants to the DNP at the University of Alaska Anchorage should frequently review the nursing website where DNP information will be posted.