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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is widely considered the highest practice degree in nursing. At UMSON, the curriculum will provide you an immersive education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership. Our graduates possess clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills that have a direct impact on health care outcomes. The DNP will enable you to remain in direct patient care while providing you with the knowledge and training to be a leader in a fast-changing health care environment. With a DNP from UMSON, you’ll be well equipped to translate advances in scientific research into improved outcomes for your patients.
UMSON has transitioned its six Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) specialties from the Master of Science to the DNP, effective fall 2014. Graduates who choose an APRN specialty will be eligible to apply for national certification. UMSON also continues to offer the existing DNP (Post-Master’s) option.
|Jane Kapustin, PhD, MS '85, CRNP, BC-ADM, FAANP, FAAN, assistant dean for the master's and DNP programs, gives an overview of the new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at UMSON, including the new entry options and the difference between the DNP and PhD programs.||Current student Sonia Brown talks about what she has learned so far in the DNP program, specifically the key leadership skills that have already helped shape her career and capstone project.|
|Carmel McComiskey, DNP '10, MS '96, CRNP, discusses her experience in UMSON's DNP program and the powerful partnership between the University of Maryland Medical Center and the School of Nursing.||Shannon Reedy Idzik, DNP '10, MS '03, CRNP, discusses the positive impact the UMSON DNP program has had on her role as a faculty member.|
UMSON offers three DNP entry options: Post-BSN to DNP, DNP with Specialties (Post-Master’s), and DNP (Post-Master’s).
This option is designed for nurses who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. If you’re interested in a career as nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse anesthetist, the DNP can provide you with the skills needed to excel in direct patient care. The program offers concentrations in the following specialties:
This option is designed for nurses who are interested in a career as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse anesthetist and:
This option is designed for nurses who hold or have held positions such as nurse executives, nurse informatics, nurse educators, community health nurses, clinical nurse specialties, nurse midwives, nurse anesthesists, and nurse practitioners. You must also:
All DNP applicants must provide:
Submit all application materials to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Admissions
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579
After graduating from the DNP program, you'll be prepared to:
|Want to know more about UMSON's DNP program? Click here to view the DNP program brochure.|