Online DNP Program with Five 2-Day On-Campus Intensives

Doctorate in Nursing Practice, DNP

Elevate your nursing career and position yourself for success as a leader in today's ever-changing health care system with UMass Lowell's online Doctorate in Nursing.

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Online Doctorate in Nursing

Build your expertise in health care, strengthen leadership skills and become a clinical expert with the ability to improve the quality-of-care patients receive with an online Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). UMass Lowell is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Nursing Schools for a Doctor of Nursing Practice, with courses led by distinguished nursing faculty who have real-world industry experience.

The DNP is designed for those with a Master of Science in Nursing. This post-master's degree can be completed in two years when pursued full-time or within three years for part-time students. While courses are delivered online, the program features five two-day on-campus intensives that offer valuable networking, mentoring and scholarship opportunities. You may pursue eligibility for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), which covers 85% of tuition and fees.

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Earn Your DNP in as Little as Two Years

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Career Outlook

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Source: Lightcast, 2022
Overall employment of nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners is projected to grow 26 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners was $115,800 in May 2019.
—U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020

Key Takeaways

  • Gain in-depth knowledge in evaluation research and health policy
  • Be prepared to transform health care through organizational leadership
  • Deepen your knowledge of evidence-based practice and health care informatics
  • Build advocacy skills to influence governmental and organizational policy decisions
  • Experience on-campus intensives that provide networking opportunities, presentations, the development of scholarly projects and optional field trips
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A Fully Accredited Degree from a Name You Can Trust

Offered through UMass Lowell's Solomont School of Nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).


For more information about the Doctorate in Nursing Practice, DNP, please contact Susan Parker, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, ACHPN at

Curriculum Outline

- 11 Courses / 33 Credits

Course Descriptions

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the concepts and methods of epidemiological research. Students will critique the principles of epidemiology with an emphasis on health promotion research. Students will analyze and develop epidemiological approaches, which seek to promote health and prevent disease. 3 credits.

CSCE Graduate Restrictions

This course focus is on the basic concepts of evaluation research and their application to education, health and social programs. Specific design and analytic approaches that effect quality evaluation research will be reviewed. Students will design a mock evaluation study. Prerequisites: Completion of a graduate level research methods course 3 credits.
In this course the student will explore the role of the DNP in evaluating evidence to inform practice. The student will also identify a critical issue or influential trend within the health care system that impacts health care delivery. Methods relevant to reviewing, analyzing, synthesizing, and applying evidence from the scientific literature will be discussed. Models of systematic reviews of the literature will be explored and implemented. Decisions will be made relative to the student's topical area of interest and identification of the Scholarly Project Chair. 3 credits.

NURS.7070 Epidemiology of Health Promotion, and Must be a matriculating student in DNP program or needs permission of instructor.

This course consists of a seminar and leadership experience. The seminar will explore the major concepts in leadership and management and their application in the health care setting. The role of DNP will also be discussed in terms of leadership in the health policy, education, and clinical settings. A leadership project will be completed by the end of the semester. 3 credits.
In this course, students will implement their DNP Projects according to DNP Scholarly Project guidelines. Building on the course work of previous semesters, students will share progress on their projects and discuss issues related to implementation. Course work will guide students through the phases of implementation and evaluation. 3 credits.

Pre-Req: NURS.7700 Evidence-Based Practice.

this course will include a weekly seminar. The students will complete the scholarly project by undertaking dissemination activities. The student will analyze policies influencing DNP practice and quality, cost, and access to health care and participate in the policy making process. 3 credits.

NURS 7700 Evidence Appraisal, NURS 7720 Scholarly Project Implementation, NURS 7740 Scholarly Project Design.

In this course, the student will design and present the Scholarly Project proposal. Students will meet biweekly with the scholarly project chair to develop the DNP scholarly project using knowledge acquired in previous course work. Students will complete a University of Massachusetts Lowell Institutional Review Board application that considers ethical and cultural issues related to the scholarly project. 3 credits.

Pre-Req: NURS.7700 Evidence-Based Practice.

This course focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach to operations analysis, process redesign and quality improvement in health care. Focus is placed on the tools, methods and processes used for improving work flow processes, patient safety and performance in a variety of health care settings. Students study the history, development and principles of quality improvement in healthcare. 3 credits.

Graduate level or permission

This is a practical course in biostatistical methods for health research. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the use and interpretation of standard biostatistical methods. Topics include probability and sampling distributions, regression and ANOVA, methods for analyzing rates and proportions, power and sample size calculations. Students will gain experience in using a statistical software package to apply and expand their data analysis skills. 3 credits.
This course provides a broad-range overview of the healthcare information systems industry, its history, recent developments and continuing challenges, as well as a practical understanding of healthcare information systems acquisition and implementation. Topics include EMR, Data, CMS Quality Programs, Clinical Integration and health information exchange. 3 credits.

Program Requirements

To be recommended for a University of Massachusetts Lowell doctorate degree, candidates must satisfy all of the general requirements below, plus any additional requirements that may be required by the department through which the program is offered. Any additional requirements for this program are either listed below or may be found in the University's Graduate Program Catalog.

General Requirements:

  • Students must complete the program of study designed by the Department in which they are enrolled and approved by the University.
  • Satisfactory grades in all subjects offered for the degree must be earned. See Academic Standing.
  • All financial obligations, including tuition, fees and expenses, must be satisfied as evidenced by completion.
  • Upon completion of all their courses, graduate degree candidates must submit a signed Declaration of Intent to Graduate (DIG) form to their coordinator. The coordinator will apply them in SIS, Graduation Tracking.

Graduate Program Policies

In applying for a degree program or registering for courses, each student assumes full responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with the definitions, regulations and procedures of UMass Lowell as set forth on our website. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Program Policies found within the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.

Tuition & Fees

At UMass Lowell, we believe that students should have as much information as possible up front so they can make informed decisions before enrolling in a degree program or signing up for a course.

Tuition for all undergraduate courses offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition for all online graduate courses is also the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition is priced per credit. To calculate the tuition for a course, simply multiply the per-credit tuition by the total number of credits per course. Exception: If the total number of course contact hours is greater than the total number of credits, the per-credit tuition is instead multiplied by the total number of contact hours.

Spring 2023 Tuition

Cost Per Credit Cost Per 3-Credit Course*


Online $585 $1,755
Online Business** $655 $1,965
Online IT and Engineering*** $600 $1,800
Online Education $470 $1,410
Graduate Online Education Courses in the Ed.D. and Ph.D.**** $495 $1,485
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*If the number of contact hours exceeds the number of credits, tuition is calculated by multiplying by the total number of contact hours.
**Applies to ACCT, BUSI, ENTR, FINA, MGMT, MKTG, MIST and POMS courses.
***Applies to CHEN, CIVE, EECE, ENGN, MECH, PLAS and MSIT courses.
****Applies to graduate online education courses in the Ed.D. and Ph.D.

Additional Costs

Term Registration Fee $30
Late Fee $50
Graduate Degree and Certificate Application $50

Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Admissions Requirements

  • Master of Science in Nursing with APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) preparation with national certification as an APRN or board eligible for certification OR Master of Science in Nursing with a current RN license.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in a nursing master's degree program (3.3 GPA preferred).
  • 500 master's or post-master's practicum hours. Applicants who are not APRNs must provide evidence of practice hour equivalents from their master's program or ANCC certification in their area of practice, which affords 250 hours.
  • Virtual interview with nursing faculty.
  • No GRE required.

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Note: Students have up to five years to complete the program.

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