University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Nursing

Graduate Nursing Programs at UVM CNHS


  • December 1 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


The curriculum for the Post Master's DNP (PDF):

Post Master's DNP Nurse Practitioner 2015-16

Post Master's DNP Executive Nurse Leader 2015-16

Students must be able to travel throughout the state and will incur associated costs for travel and lodging if necessary.

The UVM Course Catalogue details specific requirements as designated by catalogue year. Academic standards are outlined in the CNHS Nursing Graduate Student Handbook found here.

Admission Requirements

  • 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

Application Process

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. The supplemental UVM Graduate College application is not yet available. Please check back in mid-September to complete this portion of your 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.

Financial Aid

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
(617) 612-2880

Last modified October 13 2015 01:18 PM