Nursing, BS-to-DNP Program
The UMass Boston BS-to-DNP program prepares BSN nurses to excel as leaders in health care as advanced practice nurses. Students will gain knowledge and competence in health promotion, disease prevention, and management of complex diseases across the health-illness trajectory; and they will learn health systems leadership, quality improvement, policy development, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The BS-to-DNP program integrates and emphasizes our core urban mission by educating doctorally prepared advance practice nurses to provide equitable access to high-quality care for diverse underserved populations across the life span.
The BS-to-DNP students obtain an MS degree en route, after 48 credits and 665 clinical hours in their program of study. Students are encouraged to take the national certification examination as an advance practice nurse at the completion of the MS portion of the program. The DNP portion of the program is 30 credits.
The BS-to-DNP program prepares students in advance practice nursing in one of the population health tracks below:
- Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
The scope of knowledge addressed in the UMass Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences core and specialty courses reflects the student outcome competencies cited in The Essential of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) document, including
- Scientific underpinnings for practice
- Organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking
- Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
- Information systems/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care
- Health care policy for advocacy in health care
- Interpersonal collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes
- Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health
- Advanced nursing practice
- A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited program
- Applicants who are completing their BS degree may apply and may be conditionally accepted pending final transcripts.
- GPA of 3.4 or higher in an undergraduate program
- A current unrestricted RN licensure in the state of Massachusetts
- Applicants may be conditionally accepted if completing a BS in nursing.
- Completion of college-level course in introductory statistics
- Recent completion of a college-level course in health assessment
- Strong scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude tests with emphasis on the analytical writing component.
A total of 78 credits and 1,065 clinical hours are required for this program. The program of study culminates in the capstone experience. Students are guided by faculty throughout the program in completing a capstone project demonstrating the student’s ability to analyze and guide a change in health care delivery.
- NURSNG 601 Introduction to Advanced Practice Nursing
- NURSNG 614 Advanced Pathophysiology
- NURSNG 615 Advanced Health Assessment
- NURSNG 616 Evidenced Based Practice I
- NURSNG 618 Health Policy, Finance, and Ethics
- NURSNG 634 Advanced Pharmacology
- NURSNG 638 Advanced Health Promotion Practicum I
- NURSNG 715 Health Informatics
- NURSNG 716 Evidence Based Practice II
- NURSNG 722 Improving Outcomes: Identification, Interventions, and Evaluation of Quality Improvement Activities
- NURSNG 735 DNP Clinical Inquiry Seminar and Clinical Specialty Immersion
- NURSNG 761 DNP Internship I
- NURSNG 762 DNP Internship II
- NURSNG 763 DNP Internship III
- NURSNG 764 Capstone Seminar and Internship IV
- NURSNG 765 Health Systems Leadership
- NURSNG 766 Health Economics and Finance for the Advanced Practice Nurse
- NURSNG 637 Mental and Psychosocial Health of the Urban Family (A/GNP and FNP)
- NURSNG 639 Primary Care of Adults (A/GNP and FNP)
- NURSNG 664 Clinical Practicum I: Focus on the Patient (A/G AC CNS)
- NURSNG 665 Clinical Practicum II: Focus on the CNS Role
- NURSNG 667 Clinical Practicum III: Nurse Educators in Clinical Practice Settings
- NURSNG 668 Clinical Practicum IV: Nurse Educators in Academic Settings (A/G AC CNS)
- NURSNG 670 Primary Care of the Adult/Older Adult Practicum II (A/GNP and FNP)
- NURSNG 671 Primary Care of Older Adults (A/GNP)
- NURSNG 672 Primary Care of the Adult/Older Adult Practicum III (A/GNP)
- NURSNG 681 Primary Care of the Childbearing Family (FNP)
- NURSNG 682 Primary Care of the Family Practicum III and Capstone (FNP)
- NURSNG 690 Advanced Practice in Acute and Critical Care I
- NURSNG 691 Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Nursing II
Applications must be received no later than October 15 for spring admission and March 15 for fall admission. The online application can be accessed here.