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The Postgraduate 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 and analytical skills in evaluating the links among factors that affect health.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of institutional, local, state, federal, and/or international health policy.
  • Evaluate care delivery models and/or strategies using concepts related to population health, and its cultural and socioeconomic dimensions.
  • Employ collaborative and leadership skills to create change in healthcare and complex healthcare delivery systems.
  • Ensure accountability for quality of health care and safety for populations with whom they work.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of information system/technology resources to implement quality improvement initiatives and support practice and administrative decision-making.
  • Develop and evaluate nursing practice approaches integrating nursing and the foundational sciences based on theories from nursing and other disciplines.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the generation, application, and evaluation of knowledge.
  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve health outcomes.
  • Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethics within all healthcare arenas.

Curriculum and Program Requirements

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.

Requirements for Graduation

The minimum requirements for graduation from the program are successful completion of:

  • Core, track, and elective courses
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • D.N.P. Project

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

Application Process

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

  • (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript(s) from all schools attended
  • Essay: How will completion of the D.N.P. 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?
  • Resume

Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis (completed applications submitted prior to deadline will be reviewed within 6 weeks of submission).

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

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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 (


December 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021

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