Online Doctorate in Nursing
Making a difference in the lives of patience has always been at the heart of 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 doctorate 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.
"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."
- 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
Transforming Health Care Through Leadership
The interdisciplinary curriculum in the online DNP offers in-depth knowledge in evaluation research, health policy, organizational leadership, financing, evidence-based practice and health care informatics. Graduates will also build advocacy skills that are essential in influencing governmental and organizational policy decisions.
Low-Residency On-Campus Intensives
Built into the online DNP program are five 2-day on-campus intensives that provide students with the opportunity for face-to-face interaction with peers and faculty. The first intensive is a comprehensive orientation introducing students to the university, faculty, online technology and fellow students. Later intensives include guest speakers, presentations, development of scholarly projects, networking events and more, along with optional tours and field trips.
Why Should You Choose UMass Lowell for Your Online DNP?
A Fully Accredited Degree from a Name You Can TrustOffered 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).
- Earn a highly respected degree from a school that is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Nursing Schools for a Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Get personalized teaching and support from distinguished nursing faculty with real-world industry experience
- Pursue eligibility for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program, where 85% of tuition and fees are covered
- Learn from an early pioneer in online education, with nearly 25 years of experience delivering online programs
QuestionsFor more information about the Doctorate in Nursing Practice, DNP, please contact Susan Parker, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, ACHPN at Susan_Parker1@uml.edu.
- 11 Courses / 33 Credits
- PUBH.5120 Operations Analysis for Quality Improvement (3cr) - Available Summer 2023!
- NURS.7070 Epidemiology of Health Promotion (3cr)
- PUBH.5770 Biostatistics for Health Data (3cr) - Available Summer 2023!
- NURS.7170 Evaluation Research (3cr)
- NURS.7710 Advanced Nursing Leadership and Management (3cr)
- NURS.7700 Evidence Appraisal * (3cr)
- PUBH.6070 Healthcare Information Systems (3cr)
- NURS.7740 Scholarly Project Design * (3cr)
- XXXX.XXXX Elective
- NURS.7720 Scholarly Project Implementation * (3cr)
- NURS.7730 Evidence Dissemination, Advocacy & Policy * (3cr)
CSCE Graduate Restrictions
NURS.7070 Epidemiology of Health Promotion, and Must be a matriculating student in DNP program or needs permission of instructor.
Pre-Req: NURS.7700 Evidence-Based Practice.
NURS 7700 Evidence Appraisal, NURS 7720 Scholarly Project Implementation, NURS 7740 Scholarly Project Design.
Pre-Req: NURS.7700 Evidence-Based Practice.
Graduate level or permission
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.
- 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
Tuition at UMass Lowell is typically half the cost of private colleges, and our online tuition is among the lowest in the nation. Tuition for online programs offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same whether you live in-state, out-of-state or outside of the U.S.
Summer 2023 Tuition
|Cost Per Credit||Cost Per 3-Credit Course*|
|Online IT and Engineering***||$600||$1,800|
|Online Education for Ed.D. and Ph.D.†||$495||$1,485|
|On Campus||View Here||View Here|
|Term Registration Fee||$30|
|Graduate Degree and Certificate Application||$50|
Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.
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- 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.
Applying into a Graduate Degree ProgramAll applicants must submit:
- An application
- An application fee
- A statement of purpose
- Two letters of recommendation (one academic recommendation preferred)
- Official transcripts
- TOEFL if appropriate
Questions Regarding Your Graduate Application?
Email Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu or call 800-656-4723 (for U.S. students) or 978-934-2390 (for international students).
For General Assistance:
For general questions about registering for courses or to find out who the advisor is for your graduate program, call 800-480-3190. Our admissions and advising teams are here to help!