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MS-DNP Fast Track

Admission Requirements

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 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning;
  • GPA of 3.5 (must be maintained throughout 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 recent 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; and
  • Interview with nursing faculty.

For the latest course information and more please consult the UMass Lowell Graduate Academic Catalog.

What happens if I am accepted?

  • Accepted master’s students can take up to 6 credits of designated graduate-level (5000 or higher) courses which can be counted toward both master’s and DNP degrees.
  • Courses taken must satisfy both DNP and MS degree requirements. Course options: Social, Cultural and Policy Issues in Health Care (this required MS course would fulfill the DNP program elective requirement).
  • One of the following required DNP courses would fulfill the MS program elective requirement: Operations Analysis for Quality Improvement or Healthcare Information Systems
  • Before graduating from the MS program, students must meet with their DNP program advisor and develop a course plan for the DNP program.
  • Within six months of completing the MS program, students in the Fast Track MS to DNP program must show evidence of passing national APRN certification exam and obtain a state license to practice as an APRN.
  • Graduation from the DNP program is expected within two to three years after MS graduation but not later than five years.

The DNP portion of the program is 33 credits, and both full time and part time degree pathways are available. After completing all MS courses, the MS degree will be awarded and graduates will be eligible to sit for the national boards. 

View the Degree Pathway (pdf).

For a graduate program application, visit Graduate Admissions.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.

Program Contact:

Program Coordinator and Lecturer
Telephone: 978-934-4685

Note: Courses that were taken as part of the UMass Lowell Fast Track BS to MS program, while at the baccalaureate level, cannot be counted as a course for UMass Lowell Fast Track MS to DNP program.