Online NP Programs in Arizona

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Becoming a nurse practitioner is an excellent way to contribute to patient well-being and expand your educational and career opportunities beyond those of an RN. For working nurses, an online nurse practitioner program can be the best way to earn a degree without leaving your current job. In Arizona, there are a few schools that offer online nurse practitioner programs, granting access to top faculty in the state while allowing for schedule flexibility.

In addition to completing an accredited nurse practitioner program, nurses in Arizona must also pass their national board certification examination in their chosen NP specialty area, at which point they may secure their Registered Nurse Practitioner (RNP) license from the state, and begin practicing as nurse practitioners.

Keep reading for more details about the application process and requirements for nurse practitioner programs offered by Arizona-based universities, as well as program accreditation and RNP licensure offered by the state.

How to Become a NP in Arizona?

Becoming a nurse practitioner starts with a solid educational foundation. Students should be sure to complete their high school education with high marks in sciences and a demonstrated interest in patient care through volunteerism and extracurriculars, where possible.

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    STEP 1: Earn an Undergraduate Degree (duration: 2 – 4 years)

    Ultimately aspiring nurse practitioners will need to earn a graduate level degree, but the prerequisite for that is an undergraduate degree. The quickest path is to enter an Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) program immediately following high school, which should take four years to complete. However, students that are unable to commit to that type of program immediately can start on the path to becoming a nurse practitioner by earning an Associate Degree in nursing, which takes only two years.

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    STEP 2: Apply for an RN License (duration: less than 1 year)

    Upon completion of the undergraduate program, new nurses can apply for their Registered Nurse license in Arizona. It is important to apply for an RN license from the state where you intend to practice as not all states have agreements in place to allow for interstate nursing work. In order to earn licensure, nurses must complete the NCLEX-RN exam and be fingerprinted in addition to filing an application with the Arizona Board of Nursing.

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    STEP 3: Earn a Graduate Degree (duration: 2 – 4 years)

    Nurse practitioners must earn a graduate level degree: either a Master of Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with an NP specialization. An MSN degree generally takes 2 years to complete, but can take longer depending on whether the student chooses to continue working during school. A DNP program can take longer, with 3 to 4 years being typical.

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    STEP 4: Apply for an RNP License

    In Arizona, nurse practitioners are known as Registered Nurse Practitioners (RNP). Upon graduating from an accredited nurse practitioner program, students must register for a national certification exam in their chosen specialty, at which point they are eligible to apply for a temporary RNP license from the Board of Nursing. Once the nurse passes the national certification exam, they can receive their official licensure and keep it so long as they maintain their continuing education requirements and renew the license when necessary.

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    STEP 5: Apply for Prescribing Privileges (duration: optional)

    Nurse practitioners in Arizona are able to write prescriptions, but they must submit a separate application for the privilege, which includes verifying 45 hours of pharmacology education in the 3 years prior to applying. RNPs must obtain a DEA number as well if they wish to prescribe controlled substances. RNPs in Arizona do not require physician supervision once granted prescribing privileges.

Admissions Requirements

Online nurse practitioner programs can be somewhat competitive, so it is important for applicants to put their best foot forward during the application process. Many programs require a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, in addition to full transcripts from any undergraduate programs, letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Fortunately, few programs require a GRE score, though this can be a requirement for any international student who did not attend their undergraduate program in the U.S.

Arizona Online Program Accreditation

In order to be eligible for an RN and subsequently an RNP license in Arizona, nurses must have completed programs at accredited institutions. The same groups that provide accreditation to campus programs offer accreditation to approved online schools. These agencies include the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Accreditation from these agencies exist on the programmatic level. Most schools also have a broader accreditation from a group such as the North Central Association for Colleges and Schools.

Influential Arizona NP Professors Who Teach Online

Anna Schwartz
PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ

Dr. Anna Schwartz is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Northern Arizona University in addition to being co-Director of the Research Core for the Center for American Indian Resilience. In 2005 she was named Alumnus of the Year by her alma mater the University of Florida and in 2012 she was the recipient of the Rose Mary Carol Johnson Oncology Nursing Society Distinguished Award.

Ted S. Rigney
PhD, ANP, ACNP-BC, FAANP University of Arizona Tuscon, AZ

Dr. Ted Rigney is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Community and Systems Health Science Division of the University of Arizona’s College of Nursing. His career has found him the recipient of many awards and accolades, including the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate programs. In 2007, he was inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Janet C. DuBois
DNP, CNE, ANP, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP University of Arizona Tuscon, AZ

Dr. Janet DuBois is a Clinical Assistant Professor and FNP Specialty Coordinator at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. In she became a Distinguished Practice Fellow from the National Academies of Practice and in 2013, she was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Nursing.

Online Nurse Practitioner Schools Based in AZ

  • University of ArizonaCampus Location: Tuscon, AZ

    The University of Arizona offers a few online nurse practitioner programs through its Outreach College online system. However, applicants should be advised that unlike other schools, these programs are not offered every year. Prospective students should contact the university directly to learn the next semester for which applications are being accepted.

    Meet The Professors

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    Terry A. Badger

    Dr. Terry Badger, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN is a Professor and Director in the Community and Systems Health Science Division of the UNiversity of Arizona School of Nursing as well as Director of the DNP Program. During her career she has been the recipient of many awards, including the Ana M. Shannon Mentorship Award and a Distinguished Research Lecturer Award, both from the Western Institute of Nursing.

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    Judith A. Berg

    Dr. Judith Berg, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP is a Clinical Professor in the Behavioral Health Sciences Division of the University of Arizona College of Nursing. In 2015, Dr. Berg was the recipient of the Loretta C. Ford Award for Advancement of the Nurse Practitioner Role in Health Care from the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

  • Grand Canyon UniversityCampus Location: Phoenix, AZ

    Based in Phoenix, Grand Canyon University offers an extensive range of courses online, including those needed to earn a graduate nursing degree. GCU offers both an MSN degree program and a post-master's certificate program in Acute Care with a focus on Adult-Gerontology.

  • Northern Arizona UniversityCampus Location: Flagstaff, AZ

    Based in Flagstaff, the Northern Arizona University offers two online nurse practitioner programs: an MSN and a postgraduate certificate. Students can choose to specialize in family practice or choose a Nurse Generalist track. The latter program is designed for working RNs who wish to further their education but who have not chosen a specialty.

    Meet The Professors

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    Dorothy Dunn

    Dr. Dorothy Dunn is an Assistant Professor at the Northern Arizona University School of Nursing, where she teaches Assessment, Gerontology and Nurse Practitioner courses. In 2013, Dr. Dunn was the recipient of the NAU award for Faculty Excellence in Global Learning.

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    Mary Anne Hales Reynolds

    Dr. Mary Anne Hales Reynolds is an Associate Professor at the Northern Arizona University School of Nursing. Dr. Hales Reynolds' research interests include palliative care and in 2015 she was awarded a grant to study the palliative care needs of adults (20-59) diagnosed with advanced heart disease.

Campus Visitation Requirements for Online Programs in Arizona

It is important to note that online nurse practitioner programs do not have a uniform structure for reporting their campus visitation requirements. Indeed, programs can vary from year to year in terms of what they require of their students. Where the terminology "Limited" is used in the table below, concrete details as to how many visits may be required wsa unavailable. Before accepting admission to an online NP program, applicants should be sure that they are able to meet the visitation requirements for the program.

Complete List Of Online NP Programs In Arizona

SCHOOLPROGRAMDegree
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DNP
Type
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AGNP
CRNA
FNP
PMHNP
PNP
100% ONLINE?DEGREE REQUIRED?GRE REQUIRED?
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
BSN to DNP Nurse AnesthesiaDNPCRNANoBSNNo GRE Required
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
BSN to DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse PractitionerDNPAGNPNoBSNNo GRE Required
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
MSN to DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse PractitionerDNPPMHNPNoMSNNo GRE Required
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
MSN to DNP Family Nurse PractitionerDNPFNPNoMSNNo GRE Required
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
BSN to DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse PractitionerDNPPMHNPNoBSNNo GRE Required
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
BSN to DNP Family Nurse PractitionerDNPFNPNoBSNNo GRE Required
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
MSN to DNP Pediatric Nurse PractitionerDNPPNPNoMSNNo GRE Required
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
BSN to DNP Pediatric Nurse PractitionerDNPPNPNoBSNNo GRE Required
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
MSN to DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse PractitionerDNPAGNPNoMSNNo GRE Required

Preceptorships & Licensure

The preceptorship is an important part of the nurse practitioner educational program as it allows nurses studying for their advanced degrees to work directly under a nurse practitioner who is experienced in his or her field. In most cases, it falls to the student to find a preceptor who is willing to take the time to teach and supervise a student. Online schools should have resources to help with this search, so applicants should be sure to check with the program administrators as to see how they can help in this important element of a new NP’s education.

Without this clinical experience, which is rolled into the requirements of the nurse practitioner programs, nurses will be unable to apply for licensure in Arizona or any other state.

Online NP Programs for AZ Nurses

Simmons College

Online RN to MSN - FNP

Online Bachelor's to MSN - FNP

Online BSN to MSN - FNP

Maryville University

Online MSN - FNP

Online MSN - PNP-PC

Online MSN - AG-ACNP

Online MSN - AG-PCNP

Online BSN to DNP - FNP

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