Program Requirements

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

Admission Requirements

  • Application to the DNP Program via the Grad School online link (includes transcripts of all prior academic work).
  • Eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Connecticut.
  • A cumulative undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.00.
  • Three reference letters that address the applicant’s level of commitment, leadership ability, clinical practice, professional involvement, and scholarly potential.
  • A personal statement addressing the candidate’s goals, accomplishments, clinical practice dissertation topic, commitment, leadership, practice, professional involvement, and timeframe for degree completion (FT or PT study).
  • Clear indication re: desired advanced practice specialization area: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner: Primary Care, Adult-Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner: Acute Care, or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.
  • Submission of any published works or scholarly papers.
  • A personal interview.

Our BS-DNP Program was approved by the Board of Regents on 11/02/2011.



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

Neonatal Acute Care: Nurse Practitioner
Spring Admit Plan of Study
Summer Admit Plan of Study
Fall Admit Plan of Study
Post-MS NNP and DNP Plan of Study

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

Admission Requirements
Post Master’s DNP

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

  • An earned masters degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Current licensure as a registered professional nurse.
  • Master’s degree level certification required in the applicant’s area of specialty. (APRN, CNE, CLN, CNS, or Nurse Executive Advanced)
  • 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.


Post Master’s DNP Plan of Study



The DNP Program is located at:

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

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For more information:

Associate Clinical Professor
Director, DNP Program
University of Connecticut School of Nursing
231 Glenbrook Rd. U-4026
Storrs, CT 06269-2026

P: (860) 486-3240

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