Program Overview

We have students and alumni all over the U.S. and in at least three foreign countries. This program will help you develop the advanced practice knowledge and skills you need to manage patients as well as lead health care systems, evaluate and apply research and other forms of evidence, enhance and evaluate clinical outcomes, and help facilitate progress toward more effective and sustainable health care.  The DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  

Choose one of the following concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Public Health Nurse Leader (PHNL), Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).  If you already are a certified advanced practice nurse with a MSN, choose our all online DNP Completion program, requiring a minimum of 36 semester credits and a plan of study designed individually by portfolio review.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

    Requirements

    Professional goals statement. Writing sample. Nursing license. Current resumé or CV. Master degree required.

    Restrictions

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst is presently not accepting applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Minnesota and North Carolina.

    School Overview

    As a leader in nursing education for over 60 years, the College of Nursing at UMass Amherst prepares candidates to enter the nursing profession at the baccalaureate level, master’s, and doctoral levels while also developing vital nurse educators and researchers to inform and educate future generations of nursing students. An extensive faculty with published nursing research, advanced clinical skills, and innovative approaches to teach, engage and challenge students through various modes of learning including state-of-the-art technology.

    At the College of Nursing at UMass Amherst:

    • Foundation courses in the sciences and humanities form the basis of the nursing major, 
    • The baccalaureate program integrates core knowledge, core competencies, and role development appropriate for the undergraduate level of nursing education
    • The master’s programs build on baccalaureate competencies to develop clinical specialty roles
    • The doctoral programs prepare candidates to teach and conduct research in a university setting (PhD) or enter advanced clinical practice (DNP)

    The College of Nursing prepares students to assess and meet the ever-changing needs of individuals, families, and communities through clinical placements in such settings as hospitals, extended care facilities, ambulatory care clinics, schools, senior centers, day programs, and correctional facilities across Massachusetts and throughout New England.

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