Doctor of Nursing Practice
Welcome to the Elms College School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) website! We are delighted that you are interested in learning more about the Elms College DNP program and in seeking doctoral education as an advance practice registered nurse (APRN).
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 of science 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 graduate 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
- The BS to DNP (baccalaureate degree in nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice) is a projected three year full-time study program encompassing approximately 81 credits of required coursework; 1,000 hours of required clinical experiences; and distinguished completion of a capstone project that builds toward the achievement of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and nurse practitioner competencies.
- The MSN to DNP program is 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 project that builds toward the achievement of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and nurse practitioner competencies.
Please continue to review the information on our website and learn about the advanced practice specialty tracks. Let us know if we may assist you in learning more about the program and decide which course of study may be right for you and your professional practice goals.
The Elms College Doctor of Nursing Practice admissions policy allows non-nurse practitioner applicants to apply for admission anytime during the year. Applications are accepted for BS to DNP classes beginning annually in September. MSN to DNP classes begin annually in March.
All applications and application documents for the DNP program are to be submitted directly to:
Elms College School of Graduate and Professional Studies
DNP Program - Admissions
291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA 01013
Maryann Matrow, M.Ed.
Operations Manager, Assistant to the Dean