The Direct Entry Program for the Doctor of Nursing Practice offers an accelerated path to the D.N.P. degree for those with a bachelor's degree or higher in a non-nursing discipline.
The program begins with 36.5 credits and includes 810 clinical hours of full-time, year-round coursework to prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam and gain registered nurse licensure in the State of Vermont. Students then continue into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The 3 1/2-year Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum includes 69.5-76 credits of coursework, 770-840 clinical hours and 240 practicum hours associated with the DNP project.
Curriculum and Program Requirements
The program begins with 36.5 credits and includes 810 clinical hours of full-time, year-round coursework to prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam and gain registered nurse licensure in the State of Vermont. Students then continue into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The 3 1/2-year Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum includes 69.5-76 credits of coursework and 750-820 clinical hours, including 240 practicum hours.
The curriculum for the DEPN program per entrance year:
DNP Primary Care: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner 2017-18 (PDF)
DNP Primary Care: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner 2016-17 (PDF)
DNP Primary Care: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner 2015-16 (PDF)
A grade point average of 3.0, successful completion of all clinical experiences and a comprehensive examination are required for graduation. Refer to class year curriculum sheets for credit hours required for graduation.
- Bachelor's degree in nursing or another field
- College grade point average of 3.0 or higher
- Three letters of recommendation
- Essay and resume
- Prerequisite courses (grade point average of 3.0 or higher)
- Anatomy and Physiology I and II
- Undergraduate statistics
Please note this is not an accelerated B.S. in Nursing program. Completion of the DEPN program allows the student to take the NCLEX in the State of Vermont. This is not necessarily transferable to other states. The pre-licensure year is not a standalone program and does not provide a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Students who complete their master’s degree in nursing or the D.N.P. and successfully complete the NCLEX are eligible to practice in any state.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required but may complement your application
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the prerequisites for the DEPN program?
- Undergraduate Statistics
- Anatomy and Physiology I & II (no lab required)
- Microbiology (no lab required)
In general, the standard is that prerequisite courses taken longer than five years before application to the program should be repeated. This will ensure you enter the program with current information and will make you a stronger applicant.
How long will the DEPN program take a full-time student to complete?
A full-time student may expect to complete the program in a minimum of 4 1/2 years. (Please note: Full-time status for graduate students is 9 credits per semester.)
Will courses be online or on campus?
We anticipate a hybrid model for both the DEPN and the D.N.P. - with some online courses and some on-campus courses.
How many students will be accepted into the DEPN program?
The department anticipates an entering class of 20 students.
What are the GPA guidelines for the DEPN program?
Applicants generally have a cumulative and prerequisite courses GPA of 3.0 or higher.
What about financial aid and tuition costs for the program?
For current information about financial aid, tuition, and fees, refer to the Student Financial Services website. If you have questions about whether you are an in-state or out-of-state resident, refer to the Registrar's Residency Policy.
Where should I send my application materials?
Official transcripts and letters of recommendation should be submitted through the NursingCAS website. The UVM on-line supplemental graduate application must also be completed. Please put only the names of your references on this application and not their e-mails, as it will send them another recommendation request. In the box calling for an essay, please write: "See essay on application."
How can I find out if UVM has received my transcripts (or any other materials)?
UVM will notify you when application materials have been received.
When will I learn whether I have been admitted to the program?
If completed application is verified through NursingCAS by December 1 deadline, applicants will receive a decision by December 9, 2020. If completed application is verified through NursingCAS after December 1 (application must be submitted by Dec 1 deadline), applicants will receive a decision by January 13, 2021.
Accreditation: The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Vermont is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).