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). A feature of the program is UVM's nurse practitioner-led practice, Appletree Bay Primary Care, which offers outpatient services and hands-on student experience.

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 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
  • College grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Prerequisite courses
    • Basic physical assessment
    • Undergraduate statistics
  • Practice experience preferred

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

Application Process

Complete the UVM online graduate application. Include the following information with the UVM application:

Applications for graduate admission must be submitted online to the UVM Graduate College. The application form requires:

  • General application and associated fee
  • Three letters of recommendation,
  • Official transcript of all colleges attended
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (UVM Code: 3920). The College will accept both the old and new version of the GRE. Scores must be received by the application deadline.
  • Statement of purpose (personal summary of interest)

Financial Aid

For information about financing your education, contact the UVM Financial Aid Office.

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 (

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Application Deadline: April 3

Term Start Date: August

In-State Tuition: $683 per credit

Out-of-State Tuition: $1,720 per credit

Credits: 69.5 - 76

Duration: 1 1/2 - 3 1/2 Years (depending on current degree)

Learning Format: On-Campus

*Tuition may change and varies based on number of enrolled credits per term.

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