The DNP is a practice-oriented degree designed to prepare advanced nurses at the highest level of scholarly practice.
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The DNP is a practice-oriented degree designed to prepare advanced nurses at the highest level of scholarly practice. Keeping pace with the demands of today’s changing healthcare environment requires clinical experts who have the knowledge and skills to be effective change agents. Graduates of our DNP program assume clinical and leadership positions as advanced nurses in a variety of roles including nurse executives, community leaders, and professional organization leadership. Northeastern University’s DNP program is designed to meet the DNP essentials. Emphasis is placed on:
Health policy/global leadership
Our goal is to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders with a greater breadth of expertise so that they can collaborate more effectively with interprofessional partners and provide leadership to enhance quality and safe care. Courses are taught by dedicated faculty who are established leaders in their field.
Students complete a scholarly DNP project
A minimum of 500 practicum hours during the course of the program
Opportunities for interdisciplanary study and research
This program is appropriate for licensed nurses who possess a master's degree in nursing. In some cases registered nurses holding a master's degree in a related health field may be acceptable
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Three letters of recommendation
Official transcripts from all institutions attended
TOEFL or IELTS for applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not English
Current U.S.nursing licensure
Two years of advanced nursing experience
Master's degree in nursing. In some cases registered nurses holding a master's degree in a related health field may be acceptable
Master’s GPA of 3.50 or above
1,000 scholarly practice hours are required for program completion. A gap analysis upon admission will determine how many, if any, practice hours from a previously completed Master of Science in Nursing practicum qualify toward this practice hour requirement
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Application Deadline for fall entry: August 1
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The DNP program culminates in the successful completion of a DNP scholarly project that demonstrates mastery of expert practice knowledge and is completed over three semesters (nine semester hours). The scholarly project must be a significant, evidence-based contribution to existing nursing knowledge and be suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or a book. This DNP scholarly project could be a program needs assessment with program development and evaluation, evaluation of an existing program, development of an assessment instrument/protocol, a cost/benefit analysis of program models, or other scholarly project as approved by the student’s advisor.
Students will apply knowledge and skills obtained in the didactic and integrative courses in order to address the ethical, legal, financial, and organizational aspects of the scholarly project. The DNP student will discuss his/her topic of interest, the development of the project and how it addresses the needs of a selected population; and evaluate the implementation and outcomes of the project. Each student will have a scholarly project advisor and expert mentor working with them on the project. In addition, you will have the opportunity to study with faculty from other Northeastern departments and research centers and with others in Boston’s nursing community whose work addresses clinical and organizational problems.
Our close ties with the University’s Institute on Urban Health Research and School of Social Science, Urban Affairs and Public Policy, as well as with the Center for Community Health Education, Research, and Service and other organizations provide opportunities to work across disciplines and access populations and sites for the DNP scholarly project.
Northeastern University faculty represents a broad cross-section of professional practices and fields, including finance, education, biomedical science, management, and the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside you to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you’ll gain access to students at 14 campus locations, 300,000+ alumni, and 2,900+ employer partners worldwide. Our global university system provides students unique opportunities to think locally and act globally while serving as a platform for scaling ideas, talent, and solutions.
Below is a look at where our Nursing & Healthcare alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.