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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.

Post-Master's DNP Program / Executive Format

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at University of Massachusetts Lowell is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

UMass Lowell's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares clinical leaders to translate evidence into practice. Our flexible program is designed with busy professionals in mind:

  • 33 credits
  • Flexible blended format with fully online and blended/face-to-face Saturday classes.
  • Face-to-face 1 afternoon during the week for 3 of the courses in the program.
  • Full or part time

Once admitted, you'll develop or expand your leadership role in the health care system using an evidence-based approach. With the knowledge and skills acquired through the DNP program, you'll be prepared to propose solutions to improve health care delivery.

DNP Program Goals

Graduates of the DNP Program are to prepared to:

  1. Provide quality health care to patients and communities
  2. Assume leadership roles in the health care system
  3. Propose, implement and evaluate evidence-based changes in health care

DNP Program Outcomes

The DNP Program prepares nurse scholars who:

  1. Integrate scientific underpinnings into the highest level of nursing practice
  2. Consider organizational and systems leadership competencies to quality improvement and systems thinking activities
  3. Evaluate clinical scholarship and recommend analytical methods for evidence-based practice
  4. Apply information systems/technology and patient care -technology for the improvement and transformation of health care
  5. Develop, implement and evaluate health care policy for advocacy in health care
  6. Employ effective communication skills to lead and participate in inter-professional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes
  7. Analyze and evaluate clinical and population health for improving the nation’s health
  8. Demonstrate advanced nursing practice at the population/organizational/policy levels

Informational Webinar on Nursing Doctoral Programs

  • Doctoral Webinar -- learn about the differences between the DNP and Ph.D. programs, course pathways and career opportunities.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) 2019 cohort. DNP graduates are prepared to reduce health care disparities for culturally diverse and underserved populations. Our graduates will also have experience with the political advocacy that is essential in influencing decisions within the evolution of health care delivery.

Influence Decisions in Health Care

Our interdisciplinary DNP curriculum focuses on:

  • Scientific underpinnings for practice
  • Quality improvement
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Health care informatics
  • Health care policy
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Clinical prevention & population health
  • Advanced nursing practice

DNP graduates are prepared to reduce health care disparities for culturally diverse and under-served populations. Our graduates will also have experience with the political advocacy that is essential in influencing decisions within the evolution of health care delivery.

Learn about Admission Requirements.

Contact: Susan Parker, DNP Program Coordinator and Lecturer, Phone: 978-934-4525 or Email: susan_parker1@uml.edu.

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.