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Online DNP Nursing Program | Post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice

Preparing the Next Set of Leaders for the Field

The Post Master’s DNP prepares students to meet the objectives of The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. The Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Post Master’s is for individuals who hold a Master’s degree in nursing and are certified as NPs, CNSs, CRNAs, or CNMs or hold a Master’s degree in nursing or a health related field for nurse administrators.

Why Should I Enroll with the Graduate School of Nursing?

The Future Institute is the commonwealth’s first and only public academic health sciences center, home to the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The Graduate Entry Pathway is designed as an alternate pathway into the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program for applicants who have bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing, who are not registered nurses, and who seek a doctoral degree in nursing, to become a Nurse Practitioner in a leadership role.

The Graduate School of Nursing at Future Institute is a top-ranked, #1 Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in Massachusetts by Nursing School Almanac. Our Students have access to a world class ranked medical school that includes a state of the art simulation center and learning community.At the GSN, there is a small faculty-to-student ratio for best-in-class graduate level education and our faculty are committed to student learning, actively participating in acute and community care settings and health cae organizations. Other points of distinction include:

  • Only publicly funded nursing school in the commonwealth with a sole focus on graduate education.
  • Part of a top-rated Medical School that includes interprofessional and state of the art education.
  • Online courses with three interactive onsite Saturday meetings during each semester.
  • Small student to faculty ratio.
  • Excellent time to graduation record.

What Can I Do With a DNP?

The purpose of the Post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the University of Massachusetts Worcester is to prepare nurse practitioner and nurse administrators graduates for advanced nursing practice leadership roles. The curriculum is designed to educate students to improve and transform health care through systems leadership, research translation, and advanced clinical knowledge. Graduates are prepared to assume advanced nursing practice leadership roles in hospitals and community-based settings, health care organizations, and schools of nursing as clinical faculty.

Who is a Candidate?

  • Certified Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist
  • Certified Nurse Midwife
  • Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Administrator

 Curriculum

Year 1

Fall Semester Year One

N705H Trends Influencing the DNP - 3cr

N706H Health Policy for Health Care Professionals - 3cr

N707H Biomedical Informatics - 3cr

N709AH DNP Scholarly Project: Proposal - 1cr

Spring Semester Year One

N704 Principles of Epidemiology - 3cr

N723H Quality & Patient Safety in Health Care Orgs - 3cr

N710H Clinical Scholarship & Analytical Methods - 3cr

N709BH DNP Scholarly Project: Proposal - 1cr

Summer Session Year One

N715H Analytical Foundations of Practice Inquiry - 3cr

N814H Genomics for Clinical Practice (APRNs only) - 3cr

N708H Org. Systems and Healthcare Financing - 3cr

N709CH DNP Scholarly Project Proposal - 1cr 

Year 2

Fall Semester Year Two

N776H Leadership for APRNs - 3cr

N777AH DNP Practicum - 1cr

N772H DNP Project: Implementation - 2cr

Spring Semester Year Two

N777BH DNP Practicum - 1cr

N773 DNP Project: Evaluation - 2cr

Nxxx Elective (Nurse Admins only) - 3cr

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