DNP program overview

The DNP program at the UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing prepares advanced practice nurses who will:

  • function as nurse practitioners working in increasingly diverse populations, complex healthcare systems and clinical nursing education
  • transform patient care through interdisciplinary collaboration, population-focused and evidenced-based health interventions, and measurement of the outcomes of these interventions at both the individual and community aggregate levels
  • be the future leaders that advance nursing and health care practices in Southeastern Massachusetts, the Commonwealth, and beyond

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Program highlights

The College of Nursing faculty create rich and meaningful student experiences that build on undergraduate education and clinical competencies to address the career aspirations of the student. Classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences are structured to expand the skills and grow the confidence of the student as APRNs and nurse leaders. The support and collaboration of community partners—both clinicians and health care agencies—are essential components of this program.

The program offers two plans:

  • BS-DNP Plan - with tracks for Adult Gerontology Primary Care and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-MS-DNP Plan for Advanced Practice Nurses


Adult Gerontology Primary Care track

‌The Adult Gerontology Primacy Care DNP will lead the transformative reform of health systems to achieve and maintain safe clinical practice environments; promote health, wellness and high quality patient care; and translate research into innovative practices that improve health outcomes and contain health care costs to both patients and society. 

The DNP course work includes translation research methods, theory, health policy, population health, informatics, systems leadership, leadership residencies, and a capstone project to achieve the goals for the DNP and to meet national accreditation and certification standards.

Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program Plan (PDF)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track

This track educates registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree for an advanced practice role in psychiatric healthcare.

Nurses with a DNP are prepared to serve as clinical leaders and integral members of the healthcare team. Their expertise in quality improvement and systems leadership influences health care systems, health policy, and health care outcomes for individuals, families, and underserved populations.

The Psychiatric and Mental Health DNP program is offered as a part-time option. Courses will be a combination of on-campus and blended.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Plan (PDF)

Post-MS-DNP Plan

A 27-credit, post-MS to DNP program is available for nurses who hold an MS in Nursing and certification as an APRN.

Post-MS to DNP Program Plan (PDF)


Sharon Keating

Full Time Lecturer
Nursing / Community
Dion 318D


CCNE Accredited

The bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at UMass Dartmouth are accredited by the Commission on College Nursing Education.