Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

School of Nursing

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-oriented degree designed to prepare advanced nurses at the highest level of scholarly practice. Keeping pace with the demands of today’s changing healthcare environment requires clinical experts who have the knowledge and skills to be effective in their roles and with others from different disciplines. Graduates of our post-master’s DNP program assume clinical and leadership positions as advanced nurses in a variety of roles including clinical experts, nurse executives, community leaders, and professional organization leaders.

Overview

The Northeastern University post-master’s DNP program includes advanced course work in leadership, practice inquiry, population health, informatics, and health policy. Our goal is to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders with a greater breadth of expertise, so they can collaborate more effectively with interprofessional partners and provide leadership to enhance quality and safety. The DNP program curriculum is delivered online in an executive model hybrid format.

If you are a registered nurse with at least two years of active advanced nursing experience, you may enter the DNP program after completing a master’s degree in nursing or, in some cases, a related health field. A DNP Scholarly Project and 1,000 scholarly practice hours are required for program completion. A gap analysis upon admission will determine how many, if any, practice hours from a previously completed Master of Science in Nursing practicum qualify toward this practice hour requirement.

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October 17, 2020

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Application Due Date

Applications will open in 2021

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Accreditation
CCNE

The Baccalaureate, Master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Northeastern University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791

Contact Info

Kalyn Diaz, BA
Administrative Coordinator
617.373.7654
k.diaz@northeastern.edu

Graduate Admissions,
617.373.2708

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Admissions Requirements

  • Master’s degree in nursing is required. In some cases registered nurses holding a master’s degree in a related health field may be acceptable.
  • Current U.S. RN Licensure
  • Current Certification in Advanced Practice Role if appropriate
  • 2 years of current experience in the nursing field required, advanced nursing is preferred.
  • GPA in master’s program of 3.5
  • Official transcripts for all previous college work
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Personal statement indicating applicant’s personal goals for obtaining a DNP and expectations of the program
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Interview

Sample Curriculum

Post-master’s students will build on their prior coursework and clinical foundations by completing 30 semester hours, including DNP Scholarly Project courses. On a full-time basis, students entering with a master’s degree can expect to commit a minimum of 5 semesters (16 months) to complete the program. Part-time options are available to all students.

DNP Sample Full Time Study Course Plan

Fall Year One
NRSG 7100 Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing (3SH)
NRSG 6306 Health Informatics (3SH)
NRSG 7924 Applied Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing (3SH)
Total 9 SH

Spring Year One
NRSG 6300 Health Care Finance & Marketing (3SH)
NRSG 7920 The Steps to Practice Inquiry: Analyze, Evaluate, Synthesize and Apply the Evidence (3SH)
NRSG 7925 Health Policy and Advocacy  (3SH)
Total 9 SH

Summer Year One
NRSG 7921 DNP Scholarly Project 1: Design and Ethical Consideration of Practice Application (3SH)
Elective (3SH)
Total 6 SH

Fall Year Two
NRSG 7922 DNP Scholarly Project 2: Applying Practice Knowledge: Implementation/Outcomes (3SH)
Total 3 SH

Spring Year Two
NRSG 7923 DNP Scholarly Project 3: Dissemination of Practice Inquiry (3SH)
Total 3 SH

Program Total Semester Hours (SH): Total 30

DNP Sample Part Time Study Plan

Fall Year One
NRSG 7100 Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing (3SH)
NRSG 6306 Health Informatics (3SH)
Total 6 SH

Spring Year One
NRSG 6300 Health Care Finance & Marketing (3SH)
NRSG 7925 Health Policy and Advocacy (3SH)
Total 6 SH

Fall Year Two
NRSG 7924 Applied Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing (3SH)
Elective (3SH)
Total 6 SH

Spring Year Two
NRSG 7920 The Steps to Practice Inquiry: Analyze, Evaluate, Synthesize, and Apply the Evidence (3SH)
Total 3SH

Summer Year Two
NRSG 7921 DNP Scholarly Project 1: Design and Ethical Consideration of Practice Application (3SH)
Total 3SH

Fall Year Three
NRSG 7922 DNP Scholarly Project 2: Applying Practice Knowledge: Implementation/Outcomes(3SH)
Total 3SH

Spring Year Three
NRSG 7923 DNP Scholarly Project 3: Dissemination of Practice Inquiry (3SH)
Total 3 SH

Program Total Semester Hours (SH): Total 30

Curriculum subject to change

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application timeline?

Applications Open: May 1 
Application Decisions: Determined on a rolling basis

Application Deadline: Early August (determined annually)

What is the GPA requirement and are the GREs required?

The minimum master’s GPA requirement is 3.50. There is no requirement to take the GREs.

Is a Master’s Degree in Nursing required for admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program?

A master’s degree in nursing is preferred. In some cases, registered nurses (with a BS or BSN) holding a master’s degree in a related health field may be acceptable.

Is there a work experience requirement?

Two years of current experience in the nursing field is usually required; two years of advanced nursing is preferred. In some cases, recent graduates of MSN programs may be considered for part-time study in the program, but will need to accrue the requisite 2 years experience prior to starting the DNP Scholarly Project course sequence. APRN students who hold certification will need to show evidence of successful certification in their area.

Is there a practice scholarly hour experience requirement?

Yes, 1,000 scholarly practice hours are required for program completion. A gap analysis upon admission will determine how many, if any, practice hours from a previously completed Master of Science in Nursing practicum qualify toward this practice hour requirement.

What is advanced standing and what is the maximum number of advanced standing credits that I can be awarded?

If you received your master’s degree from Northeastern University (NU) and took any of the following courses that are required for the DNP program (NRSG 6300, 6306) in the allowed 5-year time frame, then you may be eligible for advanced standing (meaning that you do not need to repeat the course). Each transcript will be reviewed individually. Be advised the DNP sections include activities for scholarly hours and any other additional work must be made up.

NOTE: This is subject to change according to the University and Bouvé College of Health Sciences requirements as indicated in the Northeastern University Catalog.

How many credits can I transfer in from another program?

You may be able to transfer in credits from another graduate nursing program if the credits were not previously applied toward another degree or certification. However, the courses must be equivalent to our required courses and each transcript will be reviewed individually. The number of credits that can be transferred into the program is determined by the University and Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Please see Northeastern University Catalog.

What is the cost for the program?

Students pay per semester hour for the program. Fees for graduate credits are listed here.,
Other fees may apply such as those for health insurance, recreation facilities, etc. Some of these may be optional. For more information related to graduate tuition, application and other fees, please visit the Office of Student Financial Services.

Can I attend the program on a part-time basis?

Full-time or part-time enrollment is available. Students who attend full-time complete the degree in five continuous semesters (21 months). Students who attend part-time usually complete the degree in three years. Students must consult financial aid office to assure PT status is acceptable for loan eligibility. All students (full-time or part-time) must take the NRSG7100 Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice course as the first course which is offered in the Fall.

When are classes offered?

The DNP program is offered in a hybrid format with both online and onsite/in-person meetings averaging twice per semester. These meetings are usually held on Fridays and Saturdays. For the first fall semester, there is an additional mandatory orientation session after the semester starts. Students may need to be available for additional scheduled phone or virtual sessions during their attendance in the program.

What is the Scholarly Project?

The DNP program culminates in the successful completion of a scholarly project that demonstrates mastery of expert practice knowledge. The scholarly project must be a significant, evidence-based contribution to existing nursing knowledge and be suitable for publication. Students will apply knowledge and skills obtained in the didactic and integrative courses in order to address multidimensional aspects of the scholarly project. Examples of DNP scholarly projects can be found in the DNP Tool Kit. All students submit their projects to Northeastern University’s Institutional Review Board for approval prior to implementation.

Where can I go to find more information about the DNP nationally?

We suggest you visit the AACN’s website: https://www.aacnnursing.org/DNP

 

DNP Program Contact

Director: Mary Lou Siefert, DNSc, MBA, RN, AOCN®, m.siefert@northeastern.edu

Administrative Coordinator: Kalyn Diaz, BA, k.diaz@northeastern.edu

Scholarly Project

The DNP program culminates in the successful completion of a scholarly project that demonstrates mastery of expert practice knowledge. The project is completed over a minimum of 4 semesters (12 semester hours). It must be suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal or a book. Examples of and settings for DNP scholarly projects can be found in the DNP Tool Kit (https://www.aacnnursing.org/DNP/Tool-Kit). The DNP Scholarly Project is approved by the student’s DNP Scholarly Project Advisor (who is assigned after having identified a topical area), the Seminar Instructor, and Program Director.

Students will apply knowledge, skills and attitudes obtained in the DNP courses in order to address the ethical, legal, financial and organizational aspects of the scholarly project. The DNP student will discuss his/her topic of interest, the development of the project and how it addressed the needs of a selected population; and evaluate the implementation and outcomes of the Scholarly Project. 500 post master’s clinical scholarly hours will complement the 500 pre-DNP clinical hours to meet the DNP competencies.

You will have the opportunity to study with faculty from other Northeastern departments and centers, and with others in Boston’s nursing community whose work addresses healthcare. Our close ties with the University’s Institute on Urban Health Research and School of Social Science, Urban Affairs and Public Policy, as well as with the Center for Community Health Education, Research and Service and other organizations provide opportunities to work across disciplines and sites for the scholarly project.

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