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.

The DNP Program is hosting a CCNE Visit on March 24 – 26, 2021. CCNE accepts comments about the programs. Additional information is available at this link.

On Campus, Hybrid, and Online

3 Program Tracks, 2 Post-Master's Graduate 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 a DNP theory core course.

Post-Master's Graduate Certificate Programs

The Elms College School of Nursing post-master’s graduate 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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The Elms Experience

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    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, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, JD
    Class of 2017

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.


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Admissions Requirements

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

Meet our Faculty

Elms nursing faculty are willing to answer your questions about the many programs through a scheduled meeting in person, by telephone, through email, or even Zoom video call. Meet Our Faculty

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