The University of Connecticut’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, the first DNP program in Connecticut, is designed to serve nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse leaders, midwives, nurse anesthetists, administrators, and educators who are interested in a doctoral program focused on practice and leadership.


The program prepares nurses at the professional doctoral level with courses focused on adding the highest degree of professional expertise in eight essential areas specified by the American Association of Colleges of Nurses (AACN). Students have the opportunity to specialize in their area of scholarly interest.

The DNP Program at the UConn School of Nursing is a terminal degree program with two points of entry:

  • The Post-Bachelor's to DNP program is designed for nurses who currently hold a bachelor's degree in nursing and wish to pursue an advanced practice track (AGACNP, AGPCNP, FNP, Leadership, NNP) en route to the DNP.
  • The Post-Master's to DNP program is designed for nurses who already hold a master's degree.

The DNP program is primarily online, with intensive format courses required on campus once or twice a year.

The program is headed by Joy Elwell, a DNP graduate of Rush University, Chicago IL, and a leader in DNP education in the United States.


Days Until Application Deadline
Ends On December 1, 2021

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program accepts students in the fall and spring semesters. Please submit materials no later than December 1 to begin the following spring semester, and no later than July 15 to begin the following fall semester. The application opens mid-September of each year.

UConn DNP Information Session

Attend a DNP Information Session
September Information Session
Wednesday, September 15 at 4:00 PM
October Information Session
Wednesday, October 20 at 4:00 PM
November Information Session
Wednesday, November 17 at 4:00 PM
December Information Session
Wednesday, December 15 at 4:00 PM