DNP

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Curriculum

The Post-Master's DNP offers both Fall and Spring entry options.  Below are the links to the Plans of Study for all options:

Spring Admission Full-time

Spring Admission Part-time

Fall Admission Full-time

Fall Admission Part-time

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, the first program in Connecticut, is designed to serve nurse practitioners, Clinical nurse leaders, clinical nurse specialists, midwives, nurse anesthetists, and administrators who prefer a practice-focused doctorate. The program prepares practitioners 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.

Letter to Prospective DNP Students from Joy Elwell

Our DNP Program was approved by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education on 11/02/2011.

Admission Requirements

Graduate School regulations and policies will govern admission to this program. These regulations require:

  • An earned master’s degree in nursing, or related field (e.g. MPH, MHA, MBA), from an accredited college or university.
    • If the Master’s is not in nursing, then a BS in nursing is required. Further,
      • Applicants with a Master’s degree other than in nursing will be reviewed on an individual basis and a gap analysis will be performed to determine if additional course work is required prior to admission to the DNP program.
    • Current licensure as a registered professional nurse.
    • Master’s degree level certification required in the applicant’s area of specialty. (e.g. FNP, CNM, CRNA, CNS, CNL, NE-BC, NEA)
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all courses of record. Alternatively, a student may present a grade point average greater than 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate study coupled with other evidence of competence and accomplishment, particularly during their masters program. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may present an exceptionally strong grade point average for the most recent year’s study, along with compelling evidence of potential for success.
  • A personal statement from the applicant addressing his or her reasons for applying and his or her plans for the future.
  • A personal Statement (reason for pursuing advanced practice nursing, reason for selecting the specialty track, and goals upon graduation)
  • Three letters of reference from faculty or others who can address the candidate’s potential for success in the graduate program.
    Reference Form for Graduate Student Applicants
  • If not a native speaker of English, a TOEFL score of 550 or better. If the applicant is to hold a teaching assistantship, he or she must also present a Test of Spoken English (TSE) score of 50 or better.

In addition to Graduate School requirements, the following additional criteria will be used to evaluate students:

  • Evidence of demonstrated competence in the discipline, including but not limited to undergraduate and graduate research experience or clinical experience.
  • Personal interview by a potential graduate advisor, whenever possible.

Important Health and Clinical Requirements Information

Health Requirements

The DNP Program is located at:

University of Connecticut School of Nursing
231 Glenbrook Rd
Storrs, CT 06269-2026

Campus Map

For more information:

Joy Elwell, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
DNP Program Director
Storrs Hall, Room 309
231 Glenbrook Road, Unit 2026
Storrs, CT 06269-2026

joy.elwell@uconn.edu

phone (860) 486-3240
email joy.elwell@uconn.edu

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