Post-Baccalaureate DNP

Our post-baccalaureate DNP program helps RNs take their practice and careers to new heights. It is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in nursing whose goal is to become advanced practice clincians.

Through exceptional academic and clinical experiences, mentorship from prominent scholars and clinicians, and a rich array of resources that strengthen their knowledge, Connell School students graduate prepared to thrive in their fields as leaders and practitioners.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall enrollment – March 15 * (family specialty is fall enrollment only)
  • Spring enrollment – September 30

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Five nurse practitioner specialties help you identify your ideal career path and excel in your practice. DNP students may choose a specialty in nurse anesthesia or from five different nurse practitioner specialties, including adult-gerontology primary care, family health, pediatric primary care, psychiatric/mental health, and women’s health.

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Our Curriculum

Full-time students, NP preparation (Projected Curriculum)

Year One

 Summer                                        Fall Spring
   Population Health (3cr)  Ethics (3cr) 
   Leadership (3cr)  Quality (4cr) 

 Advanced Pathophysiology (3cr)                           

 Elective (3cr)                           


Year Two

 Summer  Fall Spring
 Informatics (4cr) 

 Advanced Health Assessment (3cr)

 Bridge to NP Practice (3cr) 
 Advanced Pharmacology (3cr)    Policy (3cr)  Evidence Based Practice 2 (3cr) 
 Epidemiology (3cr)

 Foundations of Evidence Based Practice (3cr)

 Elective 1 (3cr)

 (Psychopharm PSY-NP)


Year Three

 Summer  Fall  Spring 
 Specialty 1 (6cr)   Specialty 2 (6cr)  Specialty Clinical 3 (6cr)
 Role (2cr)

 Elective 2 (3cr)  (Therapy 1 PSY-NP)

 Elective 3 (3cr) (Therapy 2 PSY-NP) 

 DNP 1 — Implementation (2cr) 

 (Includes clinical hours)     

 DNP 2 — Evaluation & Dissemination (2cr)            

 (Includes clinical hours)