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Program of Study

The School of Nursing offers entry into the DNP program for students holding a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.This option is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice for those who plan to have a career as a Nurse Practitioner or a Clinical Nurse Leader.

Letter to Prospective BS-DNP Students from Joy Elwell

Our BS-DNP Program was approved by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education on Nov. 2, 2011.

Admission Requirements

A BS-DNP student will apply for a master's degree while progressing toward a DNP degree. The master’s degree is awarded by the Graduate School of the University of Connecticut, with a major in Nursing. Therefore, all students apply to and are admitted to the Graduate School as well as to the School of Nursing.

The following must be submitted online to the Graduate School:

  1. Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework
  2. Graduate School Application
  3. Application fee
  4. Photocopy of current RN license
  5. Three letters of reference
    • Academic (1): A professor, faculty member, or academic advisor (who can provide meaningful input regarding your academic record and aptitude for demanding graduate course work)
    • Professional (2): to address abilities, character and accomplishments in nursing as well as potential for leadership and advancing practice, service, research or teaching in the chosen field. One each from:
      1. A clinical supervisor or nurse manager (who directly supervised you in a clinical setting)
      2. A practicing advanced practice nurse (APRN) or physician who has served as a mentor or whom you have shadowed (preferably in the APRN specialty to which you are applying).
  1. Copy of your curriculum vitae or resume
  2. Four essay questions describing the rationale for graduate nursing education and for the specific track in which you are interested.


    Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner: Acute Care
    Full-Time Plan of Study
    Part-Time Plan of Study

    Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner: Primary Care
    Full-Time Plan of Study
    Part-Time Plan of Study

    Family Nurse Practitioner
    Full-Time Plan of Study
    Part-Time Plan of Study

    Important Information About Academic References:

    • An academic reference is required and cannot come from an employee of an academically affiliated medical center; it must come from a former faculty member where the applicant was an undergraduate student, or the director of the pre-licensure program from which you graduated. If the applicant has been "out of school for a long time and none of their faculty are still at the school" they should be directed to the dean's office.
    • An academic reference can be generated based on the student's undergraduate records. There are no exceptions. Should no faculty who knew you be available at your school of nursing, please contact the dean's office there for assistance with obtaining an academic reference. References from coworkers employed at an academic medical center do not meet the requirement for an academic reference, but we welcome those letters as professional references.
    • Also note: A nurse educator/clinical nurse specialist does not meet this requirement, as they address staff development, not academic potential.