Doctor of Nursing Practice


We prepare the next generation of nurse thought leaders.

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 with up to four on-campus meetings each year to directly engage and network with faculty and peers.

If you’re a registered nurse with a master’s degree in nursing, or in some cases a related health field, and have required practice experience, you can apply to the DNP program.

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.


Degree: Nursing DNP – Post-Master’s

Application deadline: Aug 1, 2024 for Fall 2024

GRE: Not required

Attend: Full-time or part-time

Video: The Arnold S. Goldstein Simulation Lab


Post-master’s students will build on their prior coursework, and clinical and professional foundations by completing 34 semester hours, including DNP Scholarly Project courses.

On a full-time basis, students entering with a master’s degree can expected to commit a minimum of 5 semesters (16 months) to complete the program. Part-time options are available to all students, also.

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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

Handbooks and Manuals

Sample Curriculum

Sample curriculum, subject to change.

Full-time Sample Curriculum

Part-time Sample Curriculum

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)
  • The final manuscript must be suitable for publication
  • Project is approved by the student’s DNP Scholarly Project Advisor (who is assigned after having identified a topical area), the DNP Project course faculty, and Program Director
  • 500 post-master’s clinical scholarly hours will complement the 500 pre-DNP clinical hours to meet the DNP competencies

Examples of DNP Scholarly Project Abstracts

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:

Minimum GPA in master’s program of 3.0

Official transcripts for all previous college work

Current résumé or curriculum vitae

Personal statement indicating applicant’s personal goals for obtaining a DNP and expectations of the program

2 letters of recommendation

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 leadership or practice role is preferred

Got questions?

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Master’s in Nursing required to apply to the DNP?

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 also be accepted.

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

If you received your master’s degree from Northeastern University and took any of the following courses that are required for the DNP program (NRSG 6300, NRSG 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: 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 from another program?

You may be able to transfer 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 connect with us to learn more.

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 with the 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.

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

We suggest you visit the AACN’s website.