Connecticut DNP Programs

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Connecticut DNP Programs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a terminal level degree that focuses on clinical practice in healthcare, rather than on research. Connecticut currently has a number of DNP programs, including Yale University's. The common mission of these programs is to prepare graduates for leadership in various healthcare settings, and to further the expertise of advanced practice nurses.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements are similar between the various Connecticut DNP programs. The application processes are largely online. The minimum cumulative GPA to be accepted into most programs is 3.0, with some requiring a 3.2. Transcripts must be submitted from accredited programs. BSN applicants must submit proof of RN licensure, or eligibility for licensure, while MSN applicants must show current advanced practice licensure and certification. Some programs, such as Sacred Heart University's, also require an essay or professional statement, two or more letters of recommendation, a professional portfolio, and an admissions interview. Foreign applicants who were not educated in English must also prove English proficiency by passing the TOEFL.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Connecticut DNP programs vary in terms of entry points. Some programs, such as those offered by Yale and Sacred Heart University, are only open to those who have already earned a master's degree. Other programs, such as those offered by the University of Connecticut and Fairfield University, are open to post-BSN and post-MSN applicants. Generally, the programs range from 34-40 credit hours for MSN to DNP students and from 74-83 credits for BSN to DNP students.

Yale's program is unique in that there is a part-time only option that takes two years to complete. Sacred Heart offers a unique Executive hybrid model where coursework is completed online, with the exception two weekend residencies that must be completed per semester on campus.

Fairfield University offers an Executive Doctor of Nursing (EDNP) program that is unlike other DNP degrees in that it is not a clinical degree and not intended for those who wish to continue practicing nursing. It is meant to help nursing leaders expand leadership or management roles, and is available to those who already have a master's degree. Nurses work while completing a minimum of 34 credits part time.


Tuition varies from program to program, but appears to be higher on average in Connecticut than other states. The cost to attend Yale's DNP part-time program is $11,108 per term (fall and spring) or $1,270 per credit hour. Sacred Heart University charges a lower rate, at $870 per credit. Fairfield University DNP courses are similarly priced, at $900-1000 per credit.

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Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825
Yale University
500 College Street
New Haven, CT 06511
University of Connecticut
231 Glenbrook Road
Storrs, CT 06269

Connecticut Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (CT)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most Connecticut DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Connecticut DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Connecticut, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there is strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Connecticut educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Connecticut Board of Nursing Examiners to find out more about how Connecticut recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Connecticut schools current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for Connecticut Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Connecticut, more and more Connecticut higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Connecticut to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Connecticut nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvment in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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