Why Choose the DNP?

The changing demands of this nation’s complex healthcare environment require the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure quality patient outcomes.

Three Tracks


Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)


Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)


Health Systems Innovation and Leadership (HSIL)

Pathways to the DNP

BS to DNP (bachelor’s degree in nursing to doctor of nursing practice): 3-year full-time study program of ~81 credits; 1,000 clinical hours; and a capstone project.
MSN to DNP (for students who have a master’s degree in nursing): ~68 credits for coursework; 1,000 clinical hours; and a capstone project.

Advanced Practice

The Future of Healthcare

  • "The face of healthcare is changing, and by taking that leap and becoming a doctoral-prepared nurse, I hope to be at the forefront of this change."

    Lisa Brosnan, J.D., B.S.N., R.N.
    Class of 2017
    Baystate Medical Center