Nursing Practice - Doctor of Nursing Practice

The DNP is a doctoral degree for nurses at the highest level of nursing practice. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has proposed that the DNP degree will be the level of entry for all advanced practice nurses by 2020. Practice-focused doctoral nursing programs prepare leaders for the highest level of practice and is the terminal practice degree. The post-MSN to DNP track is for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN's) who wish to earn the terminal clinical degree in nursing.

For application information, visit the School of Nursing website or contact the Nursing Graduate Advisor for more information about application and admission requirements at (575) 646-7770.  

MSN to DNP Track

Prefix Title Credits
NURS 506Health Policy for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 530Promoting Health Behavior3
NURS 565Advanced Leadership in Healthcare3-5
NURS 567Nursing Informatics3
NURS 649Innovations and Health Care Organizations3
NURS 651Quality Improvement in Healthcare3
NURS 653Evidence-Based Practice for Nurse Practitioners3
NURS 685Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice2
NURS 686DNP Project I2
NURS 687DNP Project II2
NURS 688DNP Project III2
Total Credits29-31

 New Mexico State University is a full member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements consortium (SARA). Students will need to check the NMSU SARA website before application to determine if NMSU has a reciprocity agreement with their home state before application is made.