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The University of Vermont offers a Postgraduate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) option.

Candidates who have earned a master’s degree in nursing can pursue a doctoral degree in advanced nursing practice in a primary care nurse practitioner or executive nurse leader curriculum track.

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Curriculum

Graduates of the Postgraduate DNP program will demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of health policy, evaluate care delivery models and strategies using concepts related to population health, and employ collaborative and leadership skills to create change in healthcare and healthcare delivery systems. Learn what faculty, staff, and students have to say about Nursing at UVM >>

Postgraduate Degree Requirements - Executive Nurse Leader Track (33 Credits)

Year 1

Fall Semester (6 credits)

  • Cognate Elective I
  • GRNS 322: Policy, Organization & Financing of Health Care

Spring Semester (6 credits)

  • NH 399: Fundamentals of Critical Inquiry
  • GRNS 401: Leadership of Health Care Systems

Summer Semester (3 credits)

  • Cognate Elective II

Year 2

Fall Semester (4 credits)

  • GRNS 327: Advanced Topics in Health Informatics
  • GRNS 427: ENL Role Transformation

Spring Semester (4 credits)

  • GRNS 422: DNP Project & Seminar I
  • GRNS 328: Quality in Healthcare

Summer Semester (6 credits)

  • GRNS 400: Population-based Health for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Cognate Elective III

Year 3

Fall Semester (3 credits)

  • GRNS 424: DNP Project & Seminar II
  • GRNLS 428: Executive Nurse Leader Immersion

Spring Semester (1 credit)

  • GRNS 426: DNP Project III

Total Credits:  33
Total Clinical Hours: Clinical Practice Hours MSN/MS program + Post graduate program = 1000 hours required for the DNP degree. The cognate is a series of three courses that can be elected from one of the following: education, business or public health/administration. This curriculum plan assumes that the student has already taken courses in nursing theory, biostatistics, nursing research and health care policy.

Postgraduate Degree Requirements - Advance Practice Registered Nurse Track (32 Credits)

Semester 1

  • NH 399: Fundamentals of Critical Inquiry
  • GRNS 325: Genetics & Genomics for Clinicians

Summer Session

  • GRNS 400: Population-based Health for Advanced Practice
  • Elective

Semester 2

  • GRNS 322: Organization, Delivery & Financing of Health Care
  • GRNS 327: Advanced Topics in Health Informatics

Semester 3

  • GRNS 328: Quality in Health Care
  • GRNS 422: DNP Project & Seminar
  • GRNS 423: DNP Project Practicum I

Summer Session

  • Elective

Semester 4

  • GRNS 424: DNP Project & Seminar II
  • GRNS 425: DNP Project Practicum II

Semester 5

  • GRNS 401: Leadership of Health Care Systems
  • GRNS 426: DNP Project & Seminar III

Total Credits:  32
Total Clinical Hours: Clinical Practice Hours MSN/MS program + Post graduate program = 1000 hours is required for the DNP degree. This curriculum plan assumes that the student has successfully completed graduate level courses in nursing theory, biostatistics, nursing research and health care policy.Cognate Electives are elected from education, business, or public health administration.

NOTES: 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

  • Master’s degree or higher in nursing
  • RN and APRN licensure (if applying for primary care track)
  • College grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation

Practice experience preferred. An interview may be requested by the faculty.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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?

Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions within approximately two weeks of the application deadline.

 

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).

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT

Application Deadlines: December 1, April 1

Tuition varies based on number of enrolled credits per term.