Graduate Program

Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc)

Program Description

The DNSc program also offers one Emphasis Track that allows students to have a concentration in the  specialty area of  Academics.    The concentration prepares the student for the role of a faculty member and conference/seminar presenter.   However, a student may choose to enter the DNSc program without conferring a degree with a concentration in the Emphasis Track. 

Doctor of Nursing Science Degree

Doctor of Nursing Science

If you’re a nurse who is looking to advance your career into research, teaching at a college/university, or management the Doctor of Nursing Science is the degree for you.

DNSc Degree With Academic Emphasis

Academic Emphasis

The Academic Emphasis allows nursing professionals to advance into the role as a faculty member.   Graduates are prepared with the necessary skills to teach at the college/university level.  

This 100% online program allows you to study flexibly while balancing work and personal life.  Graduates will be able to seek employment within the following areas:

  • Educator in higher education
  • Administrator (clinical or in higher education)
  • Clinical researcher
  • Clinical Consultant in nursing
  • Clinical nurse

Doctor of Nursing Science Program

Department Contact Info

Graduate Programs

1001 Bishop St; Suite 1035
Honolulu, HI 96813-3481


Mon – Thu 7:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

Fri 7:00A.M. – 11:00A.M.

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Tuition & Credits

Tuition & Credits


Programs Tuition/ per credit Tuition Total Program credits
  Credits Time Per-Semester
Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc). Offered 100% on-line $695 $36,835.00 53


Based on 2 courses per semester
DNSc Academic Emphasis Track Offered. 100% on-line $695 $43,090.00 62

4 Years

Based on 2 courses per semester

Program Learning Outcomes

The objective of the DNSc program is to ensure that graduates will be able to:

  1. The ability to critique and integrate different science perspectives in the conduct of research
  2. The ability to generate new ideas based on a critical evaluation of existing knowledge
  3. The knowledge on how to conduct original research
  4. The ability to utilize professional and research ethics and judgment in the conduct of research
  5. The ability to conduct culturally competent scholarly activities to improve nursing practice
  6. The ability to communicate research findings and their implications on the nursing profession
  7. The ability to integrate the components of scholarship: research, teaching, mentoring, and service to the nursing profession
  8. The ability to provide evidenced based patient centered care to decrease functional limitations

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objective of the program is to produce researchers, leaders, culturally competent, life-long learners and forward, critical thinkers, that will have the ability to perform the following within 3-5 years post-graduation:

  1. Demonstrated leadership qualities within their profession
  2. Demonstrated interdisciplinary communication and collaboration
  3. Engaged in community health services that addresses societal needs
  4. Demonstrated collaborative research activities
  5. Participated in learning opportunities to maintain and enhance professional excellence
  1. Masters degree in nursing or advance practice in nursing from NLN or CCNE accredited program in USA (foreign trained individuals must have degree evaluated by an approved agency)
  2. Current valid license to practice Nursing (professional certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse)
  3. Bachelors degree in nursing from NLN or CCNE accredited program in USA or foreign equivalent
  4. Foreign Educated Applicants must provide the additional documents:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) scores of 550 or better OR take the English proficiency test provided by UMSAz (contact university for more information).
    • Credentials evaluated by approved transcript evaluator (i.e. World Education Services(WES))
    • If currently living in the United States provide proof of legal status.

Why Study At UMSAz?

UMSAz believes in providing an education that is wholistic in approach and aims to produce graduates who will be critical thinkers, leaders and clinical problem solvers. A patient centered approach is the common thread woven throughout each class.

Not only does the University of Medical Sciences Arizona provide you the practical skills that you can transition seamlessly into your work environment upon graduation, but we also equip our graduates with a heighten sense of delivering patient centered care from a clinician, researcher, academician, or leadership perspective.

Earn your doctorate degree by applying below. For inquires, please email or call (808) 867-2900.