Doctor of Nursing Practice
University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Program Details

The Doctor of Nursing Practice online degree program from UMass Lowell allows students to build on their nursing foundation to lead the future of patient care. Nurses gain skills in leadership and expertise in evidence-based healthcare.

Master’s-prepared nurses can further their education to become a clinical expert in improving the quality of healthcare, formulating policies, and teaching others. Students gain knowledge in evaluation research, health policy, organizational leadership, financing, healthcare informatics, and more. Coursework is delivered online on a part-time or full-time basis, along with on-campus intensives that offer networking, mentoring, and scholarship opportunities.

Learning Pace


% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

University of Massachusetts-Lowell is accredited by:

New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Interview, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Requires five two-day on-campus intensives
  • Must have a Master of Science in Nursing with Advanced Practice Registered Nurse preparation and national certification as an APRN; or Master of Science in Nursing with current RN license
  • Must have 500 master's or post-master's practicum hours