Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs

A CSON education prepares DNP students to become compassionate, evidence-based practitioners who are leaders in their fields and can initiate change within increasingly complex health care systems. Everything we offer — from our curriculum to student support — is grounded in Boston College’s commitment to social justice and an educational philosophy that values the intrinsic worth of every student and every patient.

Connell School graduates are:

  • Critical thinkers, with exceptional clinical judgment
  • Intellectually curious learners who use their knowledge in service to others
  • Ethically driven and thoughtful, inspired by Boston College’s Jesuit ideals
  • Devoted to individualized patient care in complex health care settings

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Doctor of Nursing Practice


The DNP educates advanced practice nurses at the highest level, preparing clinical experts who have the knowledge, skills, and experience to be effective leaders and provide patients with the best possible outcomes.

DNP in Nurse Anesthesia


The DNP in Nurse Anesthesia is designed for applicants with a bachelor’s, or master’s degree in nursing who want to pursue careers as certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Important Information and Updates

An Update on Admissions Requirements

Note: With GRE testing sites currently closed due to COVID-19, ETS has announced that GRE and TOEFL exams can be taken securely at home. Learn more, get updates, and read the offical ETS statement at the folliwng link.

CSON Summer Session Dates

Session I: May 11th - June 26th

Session II: July 6th - August 14th


On April 20, 2018, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) made the commitment to move all entry-level nurse practitioner education to the DNP degree by 2025. "It is simply a better way to make a nurse practitioner," says CSON Associate Dean Susan Kelly-Weeder, president-elect of NONPF. Learn more about the announcement and NONPF's commitment to the field of nursing.

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As a Connell School student, you’ll work with faculty who are experts in their respective fields.