Doctor of Nursing Practice

Advancing Nurses, Advancing Practice, Advancing Healthcare

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Elms College includes a rigorous and innovative curriculum to prepare students for advanced practice. Each DNP track supports the next generation of advanced nurses who are ready to be change advocates within varied practice level roles that may be clinical from the bedside to the boardroom in leadership and in health care policy.

Other DNP programs may offer similar coursework, yet, the dedicated Elms College DNP faculty are passionate about educating the next generation of advanced practice nurses and nurse leaders. The student to faculty ratio provides the accessibility of experienced faculty who are committed to their students’ success. As a result, the Elms DNP program creates an exciting and dynamic learning environment for students by fostering interaction and learning from peers and faculty.

Passionate about giving back to society. 

For Mohamed Koba Turay, it is not enough to gain an effective education or to heal the sick, but to give service and good health to the whole person. Education and health are of equal value to a person’s well-being.

“I believe in providing service to others for a healthy body and a healthy mind. That is my purpose.”

Mohamed is originally from Sierra Leone. In 2002, Mohamed immigrated to the United States to continue his education and graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Elms College 2021 as a certified Family Nurse Practitioner in the state of Massachusetts*.

He offers healthcare services to his community in Massachusetts as well as his home country where he explains the vast needs of this region through one example, “the infant mortality rate is the highest in the world.”

“Because my purpose is to help people I wanted to go into healthcare. Elms College and the DNP program was the best choice for me to give my passion purpose.”

*Dr. Turay is a recipient of the 2021 Doctor of Nursing Practice “Excellence in Advanced Clinical Practice Award” from the College of Our Lady of the Elms. 

On Campus, Hybrid, and Online

3 Program Tracks, 2 Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Programs

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Tracks

As a hybrid program with both on campus and online components, the DNP program tracks are comprised of a core curriculum, a specialty track, a clinical practicum (DNP-NP students), and DNP theory core courses.

Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Programs

The Elms College School of Nursing post-graduate APRN certificate programs are designed for licensed and board-certified nurse practitioners who wish to become certified in another specialty/population focus. The certificate program can be completed in as little as 12 months depending on prior academic, clinical coursework, and from an approved gap analysis prior to acceptance.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Program

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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Certificate Program

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Expected Outcomes

We hold ourselves and faculty to a high standard and our students do as well. Learn more about the Elms College expected program outcomes that are ongoing for program improvement.

Admissions Requirements

Criteria for admission varies slightly based on whether you are enrolling in an DNP program track or a post-graduate APRN certificate program. See each program for details.

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