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University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston , Massachusetts ,United States

Doctor of Nursing Practice - DNP

UMass Boston’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is designed to give experienced nurses the knowledge, skills, and judgment competencies that are required for leading the way to the future of clinical nursing and health care delivery systems. The DNP program prepares advanced practice nurses for roles in health systems leadership, policy development, and interdisciplinary collaboration that focus on:

  • Improving health care quality
  • Advocating for health policy at the local and national level
  • Applying theories and conceptual models to the analysis of health care disparities
  • Applying scientific evidence to improve patient outcomes Utilizing informatics to monitor care, control costs, and improve efficiencies Increasing health care access to all communities and groups, especially diverse underserved populations, across the lifespan


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Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Application Process

More information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview Call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

  • 12 to 36 months( OPT duration depends on the major studied)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

BS to DNP Admission Requirements

Applications are now being accepted for fall 2020 admission. The application deadline is March 31. The complete application must contain:

  • A complete application form
  • Official transcripts from all institutions where you have earned more than 6 credits
  • Personal statement
  • Three professional references
  • Current résumé or CV
  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • Applicants who are completing their BS degree may apply and may be conditionally accepted pending final transcripts.
  • Official transcripts showing a GPA of 3.4 or higher in an undergraduate program
  • A current, unrestricted RN licensure in the State of Massachusetts
  • Completion of a college-level course in introductory statistics
  • The recent completion of a college-level course in health assessment

Note: the BS-to-DNP program is a combined online and on-campus learning experience. The MS portion of the program (first three years) consists of a mixture of both online and on-campus coursework. All courses specific to the DNP (final 2-3 years) are online.

MS to DNP Admission Requirements

Applications are now being accepted for fall 2020 admission. The application deadline is March 31. The complete application must contain:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Nursing or another field, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Master of Science (MS) degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program with a GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Official sealed transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate programs attended
  • Letter supporting one’s clinical expertise for at least one year’s experience in the Advanced Practice Role as a nurse practitioner (APRN), certified nurse-midwife (CNM), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), or nurse anesthetist (CRNA) or significant clinical and leadership experience 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A scholarly abstract of a completed project or academic paper (no more than 300 words) 
  • A professional goal statement and that describes five career objectives (no more than 500 words).
  • Professional résumé
  • Registered nurse (RN) license in the state of residence.
  • Advanced practice licensure in the state of residence with national certification