The University of New Mexico College of Nursing recognizes a critical need, at state and national levels, to prepare nurses for the highest level of professional nursing practice. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, earned online, offers an alternative to the traditional research-focused PhD in Nursing and has an emphasis on practice.
Choose your concentration:
REQUIREMENT: DNP NEOL students must take and pass ANCC Board Certification for Advanced Nurse Executive NEA-BC before graduation.
Objectives for NEOL Concentration Program graduates:
Upon graduation, you are eligible to take the NONPH Essential Competency Exam.
For more information about Clinical DNPs visit the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Objectives for Clinical Concentration Program graduates:
Nurse Executive Organizational Leadership (NEOL) Concentration applications are accepted on a rolling admission process October through April. The program begins in the summer.
Clinical Concentration applications are accepted only once in a calendar year. The program begins in the summer. The D.N.P. Clinical Concentration application deadlines are noted on the College of Nursing Web site.
Exceptions to any concentration admission criterion (see below) are considered on an individual basis and are at the discretion of the D.N.P. program committee recommendations with approval by the Academic Dean.
Nurse Executive Organizational Leadership Concentration Admission Criteria:
Minimum of three years in progressive nursing management or leadership practice management.
Must have a graduate level inferential statistics course within the past five years or complete one within the program of studies.
Current and unencumbered RN license from one of the 50 U.S. states or territories; if an advanced practice nurse or certified in a nursing specialty, a copy of your advanced practice license or certification must be submitted.
Must agree to sign a commitment to enroll in the program of studies course sequencing based on terms and must participate in the required annual D.N.P. residency week held on campus the summer term of each year.
Personal interview will be arranged and can be in person or by phone or Web based conferencing.
A letter of intent which specifies career goals and a clear statement of how the D.N.P. will advance the applicant’s executive administrative practice
Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
Submission of either a 2-3 page scholarly document with a description or an example of a specific health care administrative problem that the applicant would like to see changed (preferably the D.N.P. Project idea), or a 1st authored scholarly publication.
Three references from those who know the applicant’s work best and can comment on the applicant’s abilities to succeed in a higher level and advanced nursing executive role. These may be from a professor, supervisor, or colleague (no more than one may be from colleagues).
Official transcripts from each college or university attended
Must have pre-arranged practice site(s) for the residency and capstone courses, and meet all clinical clearances and liability of those site(s). All practice sites, liabilities and clearances must be obtained by end of first term of enrollment.
Clinical Concentration Admission Criteria
Have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited school or university. (RN’s with baccalaureate degree in non-nursing fields are considered on an individual basis).
Have a Master’s degree as an Advanced Practice Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife or Clinical Nurse Specialist from a nationally accredited program.
Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in nursing courses at the master’s level.
Possess a current and unencumbered, Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice or Midwifery license from the state in which they will be completing their practicum, and submit these with their applications.
Possess current national certification in their specialty, and a copy must be submitted with the application.
Agree to sign a commitment to enroll in the program of study with course sequencing, and must participate in the required annual D.N.P. residency week held on campus the summer semester of each year.
Participate in a personal interview (to be arranged by the D.N.P. Program Admissions Committee and may be in person, by phone or via web conference).
Submit a letter of intent which specifies short and long term professional goals, and a clear statement of how the D.N.P. will advance your clinical nursing practice.
Include a current CV/resume.
Include a 2-3 page essay that identifies a system or population focus and related health problem area that you intend to address as part of your D.N.P. program of scholarship.
Include three professional references from those who know your work well and can comment on your abilities to succeed in doctoral education and an advanced leadership role. At least one must be from an individual who has evaluated your work in the past, such as a professor or supervisor.
Include official transcripts from each college or university ever attended.
Nursing combines science and technology with the desire to help people. Nurses assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. Nurses may advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and varied roles.
In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S territories, students must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass a national licensing examination, known as the NCLEX-RN, in order to obtain a nursing license. Nurses may be licensed in more than one State, either by examination or by the endorsement of a licensed issued by another State. Nursing programs range from associate degrees to graduate level programs; higher degrees typically involve a broader and more complex scope of patient care. UNM offers a variety of degree options at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.