- December 15 and April 3
Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares registered nurses with a master's degree in nursing to assume roles in advanced nursing practice as a nurse practitioner or as an executive nurse leader in a variety of health care settings.
Graduates of the program will:
- Use conceptual thinking to expand the scientific foundation for nursing practice
- Develop organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement
- Improve clinical scholarship and use analytical methods for evidence-based practice
- Use information systems technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care
- Advocate for the development of health care policy
- Collaborate with other health care disciplines to improve patient and population health outcomes
- Improve the nation’s health through prevention as a model of health care
A 32-credit program that includes 21 credits of core courses, two practicum credits, six credits of electives and a three-credit DNP project, this track allows master’s-prepared nurse practitioners to earn a doctorate of nursing practice. The following prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to beginning the post-master’s program: Nursing Theory, Biostatistics, Nursing Research, and Health Care Policy.
A 33-credit program that includes 21 credits of core courses, three practicum credits (role transformation and immersion), six credits of cognate electives and a three-credit DNP project, this track allows students with a master of science in nursing to pursue executive nurse leadership. The following prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to beginning the post-master’s program: Nursing Theory, Biostatistics, Nursing Research, and Health Care Policy.
All post-master's DNP students must have current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), evidence of meeting OSHA requirements, annual PPD testing, select immunizations, and professional liability insurance prior to attending a clinical setting. Students must be able to travel throughout the state and will incur associated costs for travel and lodging if necessary.
- Graduation from an accredited nursing program and licensed or eligible for licensure in Vermont;
- Graduation from a baccalaureate or higher degree program;
- College Grade Point Average of a minimum of 3.0
- Three letters of recommendation
- Practice experience preferred
- An interview may be requested by the faculty
Requirements for Graduation
The minimum requirements for graduation from the post-master's doctor of nursing program are successful completion of:
- Core, track, and elective courses
- Comprehensive examination
- Grade point average of 3.0 or higher
- DNP Project
(NOTE: Please do not start your application before October 15, 2014. The NursingCAS application system is being updated and any information submitted prior to October 15 will be lost.)
1. Complete the Nursing Common Application through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS), a division of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Follow instructions on the site. All application materials should be submitted directly to NursingCAS. These include:
- (3) Letters of Recommendation
- Official Transcript(s) from all schools attended
- Essay: How will completion of the DNP affect your professional career? Do you have any additional information that you would like the Admissions committee to know about you that has not been previously considered in the application?
2. Complete the UVM online graduate application. Include the following information with the UVM application:
- For the essay, please write "Refer to NursingCAS application."
- Application Fee
- No transcripts or letters of recommendation should be sent to the University of Vermont.
For information about financing your education, contact the UVM Financial Aid Office.
For More Information
UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
002 Rowell Building
106 Carrigan Dr.
Burlington, VT 05405-0068
Phone: (802) 656-3858
Nursing CAS Customer Service
Last modified August 14 2014 01:57 PM