Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Elms College Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a clinical doctorate preparing advanced-practice nurses for the highest professional level of nursing practice and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care to diverse populations.  The Elms College baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs are recognized for their exceptional reputation locally and regionally for having a commitment to the individualized instruction of its students and with an emphasis on meeting the health care needs of surrounding communities.  Building on baccalaureate and masters nursing education, the DNP will prepare advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) to be eligible for APRN licensure based upon national certification requirements; and to improve and transform healthcare through systems leadership, research translation and advanced clinical knowledge.

The Elms College DNP prepares advanced practice nurses in two tracks: the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

Pathways for entry to the DNP

  1. The BSN to DNP (baccalaureate degree in nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice) which is projected to be three years of full-time study; approximately 81 credits of required coursework; 1,000 hours of required clinical experiences; and distinguished completion of a capstone experience that builds toward the achievement of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) DNP Essentials and nurse practitioner competencies. 
  2. The second pathway is a MSN to DNP program for students who have a master’s degree in nursing and are seeking to be a nurse practitioner.  The course of study will be 68 credits for coursework; 1,000 hours of required clinical experiences; and distinguished completion of a capstone experience that builds toward the achievement of the AACN DNP Essentials and nurse practitioner competencies. 

dnp applications

Application for Admission Deadlines 

Elms College Doctor of Nursing Practice admissions policy allows students to apply for admission anytime during the year. Deadline for all  applications has been changed to August 15, 2014.

All applications and application documents for the DNP program are to be submitted directly to:

Elms College Office of Graduate Studies and CE
DNP Program - Admissions
291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA 01013

Contact for Additional Information or to Schedule an Interview

Jean Pelski, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC
Director of Advanced Clinical Practice
Elms College School of Nursing, DNP Program
413-265-2484 pelskij@elms.edu