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 interpro-fessional partners and provide leadership to enhance quality and safety. The DNP program curriculum is delivered online in an executive model hybrid format.

If you’re a registered nurse with at least two years of active advanced nursing experience, you can 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.


Degree: Nursing DNP

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 foundations by completing 30 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

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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 500 post-master’s clinical scholarly hours will complement the 500 pre-DNP clinical hours to meet the DNP competencies

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.

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.

Examples of DNP Scholarly Project Abstracts

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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 3.5

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


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

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.