Massachusetts DNP Programs

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Massachusetts DNP Programs

Massachusetts is among more than 5 states with the most Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs in the country. Currently, nine Massachusetts colleges and universities offer this advanced nursing degree, though five of them are University of Massachusetts campuses. This number is likely to grow quickly in the years to come, as the AACN wishes to move the necessary level of education for advanced practice from MSN to DNP by 2015.

The common mission of Massachusetts DNP programs is to prepare advanced practice nurses to provide the highest possible level of care to a diverse population of patients. The programs aim to promote leadership in nursing, and prepare graduates for roles in clinical practice, administration, and policy.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The curricula of DNP programs in Massachusetts vary depending on the particular college or university. Regis College offers a post-master's DNP program comprised of 27 core credits and 9 elective credits. Simmons College also offers a post-master's program. It is designed for advanced practice nurses or experienced nurse managers with at least two years or 5,000 clinical practice hours. Simmons offers courses online, but requires students to complete two on-campus residencies per semester. The curriculum is made up of 24 core credits, a six-credit Capstone project, and six elective credits, for a total of 36 credits.

Other programs, such as that offered by MGH Institute for Health Professions, offer entry to applicants with either a bachelor's degree or a master's degree. This program can be completed in four years or eight semesters.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements also vary between programs, but only slightly. Students applying to Massachusetts DNP programs should expect to have to meet the following requirements:

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA (or higher)
  • Satisfactory GRE results in the past 5 years
  • Official Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Phone or on-campus Interview
  • Essay
  • Unencumbered RN License
  • Current Resume

Tuition

Tuition varies depending on the college or university, and is subject to change annually. Simmons College lists its tuition at $1,082 per credit hour. MGH Institute for Health Professions charges $1,114 per credit hour.

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Other Schools with DNP Programs in Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts - Amherst
300 Massachusetts Avenue
Amherst, MA 01003
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
883 Broadway Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Regis College
235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493
University of Massachusetts - Worcester
365 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605

Massachusetts Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (MA)

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 Massachusetts 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.

Massachusetts DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Massachusetts, 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 are 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 Massachusetts educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Massachusetts Board of Nursing to find out more about how Massachusetts recognizes DNPs.

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

Online DNP Programs for Massachusetts Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Massachusetts, more and more Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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, Massachusetts 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 involvement 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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