Doctor of Nursing Practice (Boston)

About: 

UMass Boston’s nursing doctoral program focuses on advancing your nursing practice and clinical leadership to meet the increasing need of highly trained advanced practice nurses to meet emerging health care system needs. The DNP program has two tracks BS to DNP and MS to DNP. The BS to DNP is designed for nurses with a bachelor’s degree with one year of nursing practice. Students in the BS to DNP first obtain their MS degree as a family nurse practitioner or adult geriatric nurse practitioner and then continue for their DNP. The MS to DNP is designed for nurses with a master’s degree in nursing with certification as a family, gerontological, or adult nurse practitioner or nurses with an MS in nursing who hold certification such as nurse midwives and nurse anesthetists who want to pursue doctoral education. Develop your leadership skills and gain knowledge and competence in health systems leadership, policy development, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Use these skills to improve health care quality and increase health care access for all populations.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Tuition/Fees: 
  • The Nursing BS-DNP program requires a total of 70 credits and 1,065 clinical hours.
  • BS-to-DNP students obtain an MS degree after 48 credits and 665 clinical hours in their program of study.
  • Students complete 31 credits to earn their (Post-Master’s) DNP.
  • Online tuition is $575 per credit.
  • On-campus tuition is:
    • $789.20 per credit for Massachusetts residents
    • $1,365.13 for New England residents
    • $1,520.30 for out-of-state/international students
  • College of Nursing Fee per semester is $700/Fall & Spring, $350/Summer & Winter.
  • Other fees as applicable.
  • Estimated total program cost for the BS-DNP program* is:
    • $65,417.40 for Massachusetts residents
    • $92,486.11 for New England residents
    • $99,779.10 for out-of-state/international students
  • Estimated total program cost for the MS-DNP program* is $20,625 (for first-year entry, in-state residents).

* Estimate is based on completing the program by minimum duration. Other fees may apply. Request Info to connect with a program representative for further details.

Accreditation: 

The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Did you know?

U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 edition of Best Graduate Schools includes the Doctor of Nursing Practice at No. 86. in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice. The program enrolls highly skilled and motivated masters-level-prepared advanced practice nurses. Once enrolled, you'll be welcomed into a diverse community of students and faculty. You'll gain added insights and understanding through collaborations with the PhD program and other university programs.

UMass Boston’s Nursing DNP program has BS-to-DNP and MS-to-DNP options. The BS-to-DNP program is for nurses who have a BSN, and the MS-to-DNP program is for advanced practice nurses with a master’s degree in nursing. 

 

Admissions: 

Application Checklist: BS-DNP

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended 
  • Personal statement: As a prompt, focus on the following: why you want to pursue graduate studies, why are you interested in pursuing the track (BS-DNP/MS-DNP) you are applying for, and how will the degree help with your professional and personal goals
  • Two professional references 
  • Current résumé or CV 
  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • A current RN licensure in the State of Massachusetts-Applicants must have at least one year of clinical experience before applying to the BS to DNP program.

Note: the BS-to-DNP program is a combined online and on-campus learning experience. The MS portion of the program (first three years) consists of a mixture of both online and on-campus coursework. All courses specific to the DNP (final 2-3 years) are online. 

Application Checklist: MS-DNP

  • Official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended 
  • Personal statement: As a prompt, focus on the following: why you want to pursue graduate studies, why are you interested in pursuing a DNP, and how will the degree help with your professional and personal goals 
  • Two professional references 
  • Current résumé or CV 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited program or equivalent coursework; Master’s degree in Nursing from an accredited program 
  • Registered nurse (RN) license in the state of residence. Advanced practice licensure in the state of residence with national certification.

Please see the general graduate application requirements for more information. For questions about these requirements or the application process, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at graduate.admissions@umb.edu or at 617.287.6400.

Application deadline is March 31st for fall admissions.

Plan of Study: 

The DNP Program can be completed in three years full-time. All didactic courses are online only, with clinical internships in your work healthcare organization. Students will develop a program in collaboration with their program advisor that best meets their work and study needs while in keeping with the prerequisite course requirements. Please click here for more course specific plan of study details - get started in the program!

 

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please contact Financial Aid Services to determine your eligibility.

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Contact: 
Nursing DNP Academic Program
Campus: 
Boston
Level: 
Post-Graduate
Type: 
Doctoral Degree
Credits: 
39
Tuition Per Credit: 

$575

Format: 
Online
Subject: 
Health Sciences