Doctor of Nursing practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree provides the academic and clinical experience required to earn national certification as a nurse practitioner.

Designed for the registered nurse with a bachelor's degree or higher in nursing or another field, the program prepares graduates to provide primary care as advanced practice registered nurses in one of two tracks: adult-gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP), or family nurse practitioner (FNP). The program includes 69.5-76 credits of coursework and 750-820 clinical hours, as well as 240 practicum hours associated with the DNP project. A student with a bachelor's degree may complete the program in 3 1/2 years.

Nurses with a master's degree in nursing may complete a postgraduate D.N.P. degree, either in primary care or as an executive nurse leader. A full-time student with a master's degree in nursing may expect to earn the degree in 1 1/2-2 1/2 years.

Curriculum and Program Requirements

The curriculum for the program per entrance year:

Project documents:

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

Graduation Requirements

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.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing, OR, bachelor's degree in another field for the Direct Entry into Professional Nursing (DEPN), OR, associate degree in nursing with a baccalaureate degree in another field
  • Eligibility for licensure as an RN in Vermont
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)*
  • College grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Prerequisite courses
    • Basic physical assessment
    • Undergraduate statistics
  • Practice experience preferred

*Preferred minimum GRE scores: 144 Quantitative/500 on previous version, 153 Verbal/500 on previous version and 4.0 Writing. Applicants may retake the GRE and the highest score in each section will be counted.

Application Process

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. This includes:

  • (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript(s) from all schools attended
  • On the NursingCAS application there is an opportunity for the applicant to self-report when they took the GRE. Official GRE scores should be submitted to UVM GRE code 0115.
  • Essay/Personal Statement: 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:

  • You do not need to upload a resume or writing sample. Under the personal statement, please upload a PDF or Microsoft Word document that reads: "See essay on the NursingCAS application."
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Both old and new versions of the GRE accepted. Scores must be received by the application deadline. (UVM Code: 0115)
  • 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 Drive
Burlington, VT 05405-0068
Phone: (802) 656-3858

NursingCAS Customer Service
(617) 612-2880

Frequently Asked Questions

The D.N.P. program is designed for registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing or another field.

How long will the program take a full-time student to complete?

A full-time student with a master's degree in nursing should expect to complete the program in 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years. For a student entering with a bachelor's degree in nursing, the minimum expected time commitment is 3 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 with some online courses and some on-campus courses.

What are the preferred GPA and GRE scores?

Applicants generally have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Minimum preferred GRE scores: 144 Quantitative (500 on previous version), 153 Verbal (500 on previous version), and 4.0 Writing. (GRE's must have been taken within the last five years.)

How can I find out more about the program? Do you hold information sessions?

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences Office of Student Services is able to guide you during the application process. The UVM Admissions office also offers campus tours.

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. For questions about in-state or out-of-state residency, refer to the Registrar's Residency Policy.

How will I know my transcripts and other materials have been received?

UVM will notify you when application materials are received.

Contact Us

College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
(802) 656-3858


The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Vermont is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Application Deadline:
April 3

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