Nursing

Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

About the Program

Our DNP program educates advanced practice registered nurses and nurse leaders who seek to develop or expand their leadership roles in the health care system. With the knowledge and skills acquired through UML's DNP program, our graduates will be prepared to propose solutions to improve patient care and and health care outcomes. This is achieved through an interdisciplinary curriculum which provides nurses with knowledge and  skills in evaluation research, health policy, organizational leadership an financing, evidence-based practice and health care informatics. Our DNP graduates will have a positive impact on the health care system by using an evidence-based approach to improve health care delivery.

By enriching our DNP program with content on cultural competency, DNP graduates are prepared to reduce health care disparities for culturally diverse and undeserved populations. Our graduates will also have advocacy skills that are essential in influencing governmental and organizational policy decisions.

The 33 credit curriculum in the Post-Masters DNP Program will be 3 academic years part-time in length. Full-Time study is available. Our curriculum is delivered in a combination of online and blended format will meet on campus four Saturdays per semester and the remaining content will be delivered online. Both full-time and part-time courses of study are available.

Entry Options:

Post-Masters Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program

Admission Criteria

Application requirements include:

Students admitted to the post-MS DNP program will hold a MS degree in nursing with preparation as a nurse practitioner. Certification as a nurse practitioner is also required.

Specific application requirements include:

  • Program application submitted to the Graduate Admissions office
  • MS in Nursing with APRN preparation with national certification as an APRN or board eligible for certification OR MS in Nursing Administration or related field with a current RN license
  • Prior official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Three letters of recommendation (one academic recommendation preferred)
  • Interview with nursing faculty
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a nursing Master’s degree program, 3.3 GPA preferred.
  • Written narrative of professional goals
  • 500 Master's or Post-Master's practicum hours
  • Resume
  • TOEFL if appropriate

Priority application deadline is April 1. Admission is competitive. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Post MS DNP Curriculum

Part-Time (33 credits)

Fall Year 1
Spring Year 1
Summer Year 1

33.707 Epidemiology of Health Promotion - 3cr.

32.512 Operations Analysis for Quality Improvement - 3 cr

32.506 Quantitative Methods in Health Management - 3 cr.

33.717 Evaluation Research - 3 cr.

33.771 Advanced Nursing Leadership - 3 cr
Fall Year 2
Spring Year 2
Summer Year 2

33.770 Evidence Appraisal - 3cr.

32.607 Healthcare Information Systems - 3 cr.

33.774 Scholarly Project Design - 3 cr.
*Elective
Fall Year 3
Spring Year 3
 Summer Year 3
33.772 Scholarly Project Implementation - 3 cr.

33.773 Evidence Dissemination, Advocacy and Policy - 3 cr. 



Master's - Doctor of Nursing Practice Fast Track Program

UMass Lowell students currently matriculated in the Master of Science program in nursing may apply for admission to the Master's (MS) to Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Fast Track Program, Requirements include:

  • Completion of 12 UMass Lowell credits in the Master of Science Nursing program that includes 33:651 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning.
  • GPA of 3.5 (must be maintained through MS program
  • Experience working in a professional nursing role
  • Submit graduate application(graduate application fee will be waived)
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from UMass Lowell Master's faculty and one from a current or former employer
  • Statement of purpose specifying immediate and long-term professional goals, relevant work history, academic honors/awards received and your professional aspirations as a DNP.
  • Resume
  • Interview with nursing faculty

Fast Track MS to DNP Curriculum

Part-Time (post MS Completion)

Fall Year 1 Spring Year 1 Summer Year 1
33.707 Epidemiology of Health Promotion - 3cr

32.506 Quantitative Methods in Health Management - 3 cr.

33.717 Evaluation Research - 3 cr.
33.771 Advanced Nursing Leadership - 3 cr
Fall Year 2 Spring Year 2 Summer Year 2

33.770 Evidence Appraisal - 3cr.

32.512 Operations Analysis for Quality Improvement - 3 cr

33.774 Scholarly Project Design - 3 cr.

32.607 Healthcare Information Systems - 3 cr.

*Elective
Fall Year 3 Spring Year 3
 Summer Year 3
33.772 Scholarly Project Implementation - 3 cr.

33.773 Evidence Dissemination, Advocacy and Policy - 3 cr.




* Elective and 32.512 or 32.607 may be taken during MS completion.

Courses 3.770, 3.771, 33.773 and 33.774 must be taken in sequence over 4 consecutive semesters.

Above is the course sequence for  part time course of study for both Post-Masters DNP and Master-DNP Fast Track. A course for full time study is also available.

Contact:
Angela Nannini, FNP, Ph.D.
978-934-4938
Angela_Nannini@uml.edu