BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice


We prepare the next generation of nurse thought leaders.

The DNP program is designed for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) registered nurse to develop the practice expertise and leadership in their chosen specialty. Our student’s individual perspectives and experience shared with a diverse cohort and accomplished faculty drive an innovative program of study to address the emerging demands of today’s changing healthcare environment.

The Northeastern University School of Nursing (NUSON) CCNE-accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice offers the terminal degree for professional nursing practice.

Graduates of the NUSON DNP program are not only highly sought as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), but also as healthcare leaders, community leaders, educators, and researchers to meet the needs of patients navigating a foreign and complex healthcare system.

Overall employment of nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners is projected to grow 38 percent from 2022 to 2032. About 29,200 openings for nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners are projected each year, on average, over the decade. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


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Northeastern University’s DNP program curriculum places an emphasis on the sciences and competencies necessary for practice expertise for optimal patient outcomes and eligibility for certification, as well as:

  • Translation of research for evidence based practice
  • Practice, professional and systems leadership
  • Health policy/global advocacy and leadership

Our goal is to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders with the tools and expertise to collaborate with interprofessional partners to lead healthcare innovative improvements. Grounded in the DNP competencies, our graduates continuously spark team well-being, success and implementation of programs for best patient outcomes. Learning is a partnership of dedicated and experienced faculty who are established leaders in their field passionate about the profession, patients and the success of our students and alumni.

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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

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Experiential Learning

The DNP program culminates in the successful completion of a DNP scholarly project that demonstrates mastery of expert practice knowledge and is completed over three semesters (nine semester hours). The scholarly project must be a significant, evidence-based contribution to existing nursing knowledge and be suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or a book. This DNP scholarly project could be a program needs assessment with program development and evaluation, evaluation of an existing program, development of an assessment instrument/protocol, a cost/benefit analysis of program models, or other scholarly project as approved by the student’s advisor.

Students will apply knowledge and skills obtained in the didactic and integrative courses in order to address the ethical, legal, financial, and organizational aspects of the scholarly project. The DNP student will discuss their topic of interest, the development of the project, how it addresses the needs of a selected population, and evaluate the implementation and outcomes of the project. Each student will have a scholarly project advisor and expert mentor working with them on the project. In addition, have the opportunity to study with faculty from other Northeastern departments and research centers and with others in Boston’s nursing community whose work addresses clinical and organizational problems.

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 access populations and sites for the DNP scholarly project.

Admissions Requirements

Please note that all letters of recommendations and official transcripts must be submitted via NursingCAS.
To apply to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program you will need the following:

NursingCAS Application

Application fee

Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a minimum 3.0 GPA

Official transcripts for all institutions attended

Current résumé or curriculum vitae

Personal letter of intent to study the specialty

3 letters of recommendation
(Academic/faculty, employer/manager, peer)

TOEFL or IELTS for applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not English.

Current U.S. RN licensure

Successful completion of a graduate statistics course with a grade of B or better that includes probability theory and hypothesis testing and taken within 5 years prior to entering the program.

Clinical Experience

  • FNP: At least 1 year of full-time employment in an adult or pediatric acute care setting, community health setting, outpatient primary care setting, palliative care/hospice
  • PMH: At least 1 year of full-time RN employment in an adult or pediatric acute PMH care setting, outpatient PMH setting, or detox center
  • AGACNP: At least 2 years of full-time RN employment in an acute care setting, pre-operative/post operative care setting, ICU, prison services
  • Pediatric Primary Care: At least 1 year of full-time RN employment in an acute or primary care pediatric setting
  • Pediatric Dual Primary/Acute: At least 2 years of full-time RN employment in an acute or primary care pediatric setting
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: At least 2 years of full-time RN employment in the neonatal ICU environment

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