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The University of Vermont offers a Direct-Entry Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) accelerated degree program for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing.

The Direct-entry DNP option prepares students to provide primary care as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) through one of two tracks: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

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Curriculum

The Direct-entry DNP degree program is designed for the individual who holds a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and who has decided to pursue graduate nursing education. Students do not earn a BSN degree, but progress directly to the DNP. The program is designed to be completed in 11 semesters. Learn what faculty, staff, and students have to say about Nursing at UVM >>

Degree Requirements – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (106 Credits)

Semester 1

  • GRNS 300: Professional Nursing Issues
  • PRNU 228: Pharmacology
  • GRNS 302: The Science of Nursing: Adults and Elders-I
  • GRNS 303: Practicum: Adults and Elders
  • NURS 220: Pathophysiology

Winter Intersession

  • GRNS 304: Practicum: Adults and Elders II

Semester 2

  • GRNS 305: Practicum: Complex Nursing Care of Adults and Elders
  • GRNS 306: The Science of Nursing: Mental Health
  • GRNS 308: The Science of Nursing: Women and Newborns
  • GRNS 309: Practicum: Women and Newborns
  • PRNU 232: The Science of Nursing: Children
  • GRNS 312: The Science of Nursing: Adults and Elders II

Semester 3

  • GRNS 307: Practicum: Mental Health
  • GRNS 311: Practicum: Children
  • GRNS 314: The Science of Nursing: Community/Public Health
  • GRNS 315: Practicum: Community/Public Health

Semester 4

  • GRNS 335: Advanced Pathophysiology
  • GRNS 404: Advanced Pharmacology
  • GRNS 406: Advanced Health Assessment
  • STAT 200: Biostatistics & Epidemiology

Semester 5

  • GRNS 407: Optimizing Health & Management of Community Health Issues
  • GRNS 408: Practicum: Optimizing Health & Management of Community Health Issues
  • GRNS 405: Advanced Neuropharmacology
  • NH 399: Fundamentals of Critical Inquiry

Semester 6

  • GRNS 324: Theoretical Foundation of Nursing Science
  • GRNS 326: Health Care Ethics, Policy & Politics

Semester 7

  • GRNS 412: Advanced Nursing Practice of Older Adults
  • GRNS 413: Practicum: Nursing Older Adults
  • GRNS 321: Professional Role Development
  • GRNS 327: Advanced Topics in Health Informatics

Semester 8

  • GRNS 417: Management of Women Gendered Health Care
  • GRNS 418: Practicum: Women Gender Specialty
  • GRNS 328/CTS 302: Quality in Health Care
  • GRNS 325: Genetics for Clinicians
  • GRNS 422: DNP Project & Seminar I

Semester 9

  • GRNS 400: Population-based Health for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • GRNS 423: DNP Project Practicum I
  • GRNS 430: Practicum: Immersion

Semester 10

  • GRNS 414: Primary Care Management of Acute & Common Health Conditions
  • GRNS 415: Practicum: Acute & Common Health Conditions AGNP
  • GRNS 322: Organization, Delivery & Financing of Health Care
  • GRNS 424: DNP Project & Seminar II
  • GRNS 425: DNP Project Practicum II

Semester 11

  • GRNS 419: Primary Care Management of Chronic & Complex Conditions
  • GRNS 420: Practicum: Chronic & Complex Conditions
  • GRNS 401: Leadership of Health Care Systems
  • GRNS 426: DNP Project & Seminar III
  • GRNS 430: Practicum: Immersion

Post-DEPN Year 1 (Semester 1-3) Total Credits: 69.5

Year 2-4 (Semester 4-11) Total Clinical Hours: Minimum of 1000 direct + indirect clinical practice hours

Degree Requirements – Family Nurse Practitioner (112.5 Credits)

Semester 1

  • GRNS 300: Professional Nursing Issues
  • PRNU 228: Pharmacology
  • GRNS 302: The Science of Nursing: Adults and Elders-I
  • GRNS 303: Practicum: Adults and Elders
  • NURS 220: Pathophysiology

Winter Intersession

  • GRNS 304: Practicum: Adults and Elders II

Semester 2

  • GRNS 305: Practicum: Complex Nursing Care of Adults and Elders
  • GRNS 306: The Science of Nursing: Mental Health
  • GRNS 308: The Science of Nursing: Women and Newborns
  • GRNS 309: Practicum: Women and Newborns
  • PRNU 232: The Science of Nursing: Children
  • GRNS 312: The Science of Nursing: Adults and Elders II

Semester 3

  • GRNS 307: Practicum: Mental Health
  • GRNS 311: Practicum: Children
  • GRNS 314: The Science of Nursing: Community/Public Health
  • GRNS 315: Practicum: Community/Public Health

Semester 4

  • GRNS 335: Advanced Pathophysiology
  • GRNS 404: Advanced Pharmacology
  • GRNS 406: Advanced Health Assessment
  • STAT 200: Biostatistics & Epidemiology

Semester 5

  • GRNS 407: Optimizing Health & Management of Community Health Issues
  • GRNS 408: Practicum: Optimizing Health & Management of Community Health Issues
  • GRNS 405: Advanced Neuropharmacology
  • GRNS 409: Pediatrics Concepts for APRNs
  • NH 399: Fundamentals of Critical Inquiry

Semester 6

  • GRNS 324: Theoretical Foundation of Nursing Science
  • GRNS 326: Health Care Ethics, Policy & Politics

Semester 7

  • GRNS 410: Primary Care Management of Children & Adolescents
  • GRNS 411: Primary Care Management of Children & Adolescents Practicum
  • GRNS 412: Advanced Nursing Practice of Older Adults
  • GRNS 321: Professional Role Development
  • GRNS 327: Advanced Topics in Health Informatics

Semester 8

  • GRNS 417: Management of Women Gendered Health Care
  • GRNS 418: Practicum: Women Gender Specialty
  • GRNS 328/CTS 302: Quality in Health Care
  • GRNS 325: Genetics for Clinicians
  • GRNS 422: DNP Project & Seminar I

Semester 9

  • GRNS 400: Population-based Health for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • GRNS 423: DNP Project Practicum I
  • GRNS 430: Practicum: Immersion

Semester 10

  • GRNS 414: Primary Care Management of Acute & Common Health Conditions
  • GRNS 416: Practicum: Acute & Common Health Conditions FNP
  • GRNS 322: Organization, Delivery & Financing of Health Care
  • GRNS 424: DNP Project & Seminar II
  • GRNS 425: DNP Project Practicum II

Semester 11

  • GRNS 419: Primary Care Management of Chronic & Complex Conditions
  • GRNS 420: Practicum: Chronic & Complex Conditions
  • GRNS 401: Leadership of Health Care Systems
  • GRNS 426: DNP Project & Seminar III

Post-DEPN Year 1 (Semester 1-3) Total Credits: 76

Year 2-4 (Semester 4-11) Total Clinical Hours: Minimum of 1000 direct + indirect clinical practice hours

NOTES: The Direct-Entry (DEPN) program prepares students to progress into the DNP-Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track. This program is not a stand-alone accelerated Registered Nurse (RN) completion program and a Bachelor of Science in nursing is not awarded. Completion of the first direct-entry year (semester 1-3) allows students to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN ®) in Vermont. Students who successfully pass the NCLEX exam complete the individual state Board of Nursing licensing requirements to be eligible to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). Holding an active Vermont license is a requirement for completion of the nurse practitioner clinical training. Please refer to the individual state board of nursing for licensing requirements, completion of the first direct-entry year does not necessarily transfer to other states for licensure as an RN. The UVM Course Catalogue details specific requirements as designated by catalogue year. Academic standards are outlined in the CNHS Nursing Graduate Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 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
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition
    • Statistics

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required, but may be included to complement your application.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the program take to complete?

A full-time student may expect to complete the program in a minimum of four years. Full-time status for graduate students is 9 credits per semester.

What are the DNP degree requirements?

Successful completion of nurse practitioner coursework (semester 4-11) with a grade point average of 3.0, clinical practice experiences, and a comprehensive exam are required for graduation with the DNP degree. Upon completion of these requirements, students are eligible to sit for the national nurse practitioner certification exam. Students who successfully pass the NP board exam AND complete the individual state Board of Nursing Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licensing requirements are eligible to practice in the primary care population in which the student is prepared (Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner) .

Will courses be online, hybrid, or on campus?

Some courses are offered live on campus at scheduled times; others are offered in hybrid format with remote synchronous delivery or asynchronous delivery online. A car is needed for travel to rural sites.

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.

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 mid-December. If completed application is verified through NursingCAS after December 1 (application must be submitted by Dec 1 deadline), applicants will receive a decision by mid-January.

 

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).

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PROGRAM SNAPSHOT

Application Deadline: December 1

Term Start Date: August

In-State Tuition: $683 per credit

Out-of-State Tuition: $1,130 per credit*

Credits: 106 - 112.5

Duration: 4 years

Learning Format: On campus

Tuition may change and varies based on number of enrolled credits per term. * Visit Student Financial Services website for more information.

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