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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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The DNP Program is pleased to announce two Virtual Information Sessions for Prospective Students

November 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm

These virtual information sessions will provide an opportunity for prospective students to pose more detailed questions about the program and their applications in a communal forum so that all may benefit from the responses.  If you are interested in joining one of these virtual information sessions, please RSVP to by November 11, 2013, with your name, email, and time you wish to join so that we can provide you with the appropriate call-in information.

The DNP is a practice-oriented doctoral degree designed to prepare advanced nurses at the highest level. This change was driven by evolving nursing roles in an increasing complex health care system, new scientific knowledge and ongoing concerns about the quality and outcomes of patient care. Keeping pace with the demands of today's changing health care environment requires clinical experts who have the knowledge and skills to be effective and practical change agents. Graduates of DNP programs across the country are assuming clinical and leadership positions as advanced nurses in a variety or roles, including faculty, nurse executives and community leaders.

The DNP Program at Northeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The Northeastern University DNP program includes advance coursework in leadership, research translation, population health, informatics and health policy. Our goal is to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders with a greater breadth of expertise so they can collaborate more effectively with interprofessional partners and provide leadership to enhance quality and safety. The DNP program curriculum is delivered on-line in a hybrid format.

If you are a registered nurse with at least 2 years of nursing experience, you may enter the DNP program after completing a master's degree in nursing or in some cases a related health field. Applicants who do not hold national certification in one other four APRN roles must provide evidence of the equivalent of 500 practicum hours in previous master's program.

View the Admissions Requirements

Capstone Project

The DNP program culminates in the successful completion of a scholarly "Capstone" project that demonstrates mastery of expert practice knowledge and is completed over 2 semesters (9 semester hours). The scholarly project must be a significant, evidence-based contribution to existing nursing knowledge and be suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal or a book. This Capstone Project could be a program needs assessment with program development and evaluation, evaluation of an existing program, development of an assessment instrument/protocol, a cost/benefit analysis of program models, or other scholarly project as approved by the student's advisor.

Students will apply knowledge and skills obtained in the didactic and integrative courses in order to address the ethical, legal, financial and organizational aspects of the scholarly project. The DNP student will discuss his/her topic of interest, the development of the project and how it addressed the needs of a selected population; and evaluate the implementation and outcomes of the project.

Each student will have a capstone advisor and expert mentor working with them on the project. 500 post master's clinical scholarly hours will complement the 500 pre DNP clinical hours to meet the DNP competencies.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to study with faculty from other Northeastern departments and research centers and with others in Boston's nursing community whose work addresses clinical and organizational problems. Our close ties with the University's Institute on Urban Health Research and School of Social Science, Urban Affairs and Public Policy, as well as with the Center for Community Health Education, Research and Service and other organizations provide opportunities to work across disciplines and access populations and sites for the Capstone project.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Post-master's students will build on their prior coursework and clinical foundations by completing 30 semester hours, including Capstone courses. On a full-time basis, students entering with a master's degree can expect to commit a minimum of 4 semesters (16 months) to complete the program. Part-time options are available to all students.

Read the curriculum.

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The application deadline for the DNP for Fall is May 1, 2013.

Contact Info

Michelle Beauchesne
401B Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.3621
Fax: 617.373.3050

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