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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Meet the challenges of the heath-care system in the 21st century prepared as a leader in health care with your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Announcing More Options to Earn Your DNP Degree

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Learn more about the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,

Elevate your career and improve the health care system by earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from UMass Lowell with preparation as:

  • A nurse leader with expertise in evidence-based health care and advanced leadership skills.
  • A clinical expert with the skill to improve health care quality, teach others and formulate policies.

New for Fall 2020

UMass Lowell is excited to announce more DNP degree options:

  • Direct BS-to-DNP full time and part time pathways.
  • Fully online courses in the Post Master's part time DNP degree pathway, with on campus orientation and intensives for mentoring students.

UMass Lowell offers four DNP program options:

1) BS to DNP Degree - This 75-credit direct degree pathway is for applicants with a BS in nursing. Be prepared as an Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner or a Family Nurse Practitioner. 

2) Post Master's Online DNP Degree - This 33-credit online pathway is for applicants with an MS in nursing. 

3) Fast Track BS to DNP Degree Option - This option is open to UMass Lowell BS nursing students with an earned GPA of 3.5 who are in the last semester of their program. 

4) Fast Track MS to DNP Degree Option - This option is for applicants from UMass Lowell Solomont School of Nursing master's program or students from universities with which UMass Lowell has an agreement. 

View more details in the UMass Lowell Catalog.

Contact: Susan Parker, DNP Program Coordinator and Lecturer, Phone: 978-934-4525 or Email:

To view the admission requirements for all four DNP options, visit the UMass Lowell Catalog.

To apply, please visit UMass Lowell Graduate Admissions.

Learn more about Tuition and Fees.

The scholarly project is planned and designed through a sequence of four courses which are typically the last four courses a student takes in the program. 

The project is a culmination of work done throughout the DNP program that demonstrates the ability of the students to effect positive change in health care settings through careful synthesis of evidence and evaluation of the effectiveness of the change. 

Types of scholarly projects (but not limited to): 

  • Quality Improvement 
  • Financial Analysis to Compare Models of Care 
  • Implement and Evaluate Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines 
  • Design and Evaluate New Models of Care 
  • Analyze a Policy and Revise and Implement the amended policy
  • Develop and Implement a New Policy

UMass Lowell provides a lot of support and tools to boost student success. 

Education Modules

Education Modules PATH is an acronym for Preparation, Academics, Transitions and Helpful Resources. Within the PATH module, students will find resources to assist with the back-to-school transition, including information on navigating the university, writing, research and time and stress management. 

The Cultural Competency module includes information and resources, not only on cultural competency, but also on the health care needs of underserved populations. 

Links to Helpful Tools 

Professional Organizations