Post-Master's Option

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Earn your DNP without repeating coursework you completed for your master's degree.

Through the post-master's DNP option, you'll complete only the courses necessary to earn the DNP — there's no need to retake courses you already completed. Depending on your prior coursework, it could take as few as 37 credits for you to complete your DNP.

This option is ideal for candidates who either:

  • have a master's degree in nursing*

    If you have a master’s specialty in education, please see below for more information on the best pathway to your DNP.
or
  • possess a bachelor's degree in nursing
  • possess a master's degree in a relevant field, such as an MBA, MPA, or MPH
  • currently utilize your master's preparation in an area of advanced nursing practice such as health services leadership management, nursing informatics, or community and public health

And who:

  • want to earn a DNP
  • are already an advanced practice registered nurse or are not interested in becoming one.

Courses are offered in a blended format.

The Post-Master’s DNP option is delivered in a blended format, offering flexibility and efficiency for busy professionals. The blended program consists of classes that are offered online, including synchronous and asynchronous web conferencing. Students will have synchronous web conferencing five times per semester at scheduled class time.

Plans of Study

The program requires 37-47 credits. Full-time or part-time options are available.

Plans of Study for Fall 2016 and Beyond:

Former Plans of Study:


Full-Time Plan of Study

Full-time students must take the core courses in the order listed in the chart below.

  • NDNP 810, 811, 812, 813, and the elective may be taken as listed below or in a different sequence as agreed upon by the advisor and the student.
  • After NDNP 810 is completed, NDNP 811, NDNP 812 and NDNP 813 must be taken consecutively, and successfully completed.
  • Each course will be offered just once per year. If a student is unsuccessful in any one of the project courses, the student will need to repeat the sequence of courses starting with NDNP 810 or enroll in NDNP 816 (DNP Project Advisement) each semester until he/she is able to join the next offering of the course in which the student was not successful.
  • DNP Project advisement, NDNP 816, does not count toward elective credits.

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Post-Master’s Full-time (Two Year) Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Fall Year 1
NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-based Practice  3 Credits
NRSG 785: Professional Writing 1 Credit
Total: 10 Credits
Spring Year 1 
NDNP 807: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care 2 Credits
NDNP 808: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care Practicum 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NURS 834: Translating Evidence to Practice  3 Credits 
NDNP 890: Practicum  2 Credits (90 Hours)
NDNP 810: DNP Project Identification 1 Credit 
Total:  9 Credits 
Summer Year 1  
NDNP 890: Additional Practicum as Needed to Meet 1,000-hour Requirement  Variable Credit
NDNP 811: DNP Project Development 1 Credit
  
Fall Year 2  
NDNP 812: DNP Project Implementation 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 814: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems  3 Credits 
NDNP 817: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems Clinical Practicum 2 Credits (90 Hours)
NDNP 890: Practicum 1 Credit (45 Hours)
Total:  7 Credits 
Spring Year 2  
NDNP 813: DNP Project Evaluation/Dissemination  1 Credit (45 Hours)
NURS 810: Evidence-based Health Policy 3 Credits
NDNP 890: Practicum 3 Credits (135 Hours)
ELECTIVE 3 Credits
Total: 10 Credts
Summer Year 2
NDNP 890: Additional Practicum as Needed to Meet 1,000-hour Requirement Variable Credit
  
TOTAL 37 CREDITS (26 Didactic/11 Clinical Credits [495 practicum hours])

Part-Time Plan of Study

Part-time students must take the core courses in the order listed in the chart below.

  • NDNP 811, 812, 813, and the elective may be taken as listed below or in a different sequence as agreed upon by the advisor and the student.
  • After NDNP 811 is completed, NDNP 812 and NDNP 813 must be taken consecutively, and successfully completed in the following semesters, or NDNP 816 DNP Project Advisement must be taken every semester until successfully completed.
  • DNP Project advisement does not count toward elective credits.

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Post-Master’s Part-time (Three Year) Plan of Study

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Fall Year 1
NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
NRSG 785 Professional Writing 1 Credits
Total: 7 Credits
Spring Year 1 
NDNP 807: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care 2 Credits
NDNP 808: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care Practicum 1 Credit (45 Hours)
Total:  3 Credits 
Summer Year 1  
NURS 810: Evidence-based Health Policy 3 Credits
NDNP 890: Practicum 2 credits (90 hours)
Total: 5 Credit
Fall Year 2  
NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
ELECTIVE 3 Credits
Total:  6 Credits 
Spring Year 2 
NDNP 810: DNP Project Identification 1 Credit
NURS 834: Translating Evidence to Practice 3 Credits
Total: 4 Credits
Summer Year 2
NDNP 811: DNP Project Development 1 Credit
NDNP 814: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems 3 Credits
NDNP 817: Practice Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Health Care Systems Clinical Practicum 2 Credits (90 Hours)
Total:  6 Credits 
Fall Year 3
NDNP 812: DNP Project Implementation 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 890: Practicum 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 890: Additional Practicum as Needed to Meet 1,000-hour Requirement Variable Credit
Total: 2+ Credits
Spring Year 3
NDNP 813: DNP Project Evaluation/Dissemination 1 Credit (45 Hours)
NDNP 890: Practicum 3 Credits (135 Hours)
NDNP 890: Additional Practicum as Needed to Meet 1,000-hour Requirement Variable Credit
Total: 4+ Credits
 
TOTAL 37 CREDITS (26 Didactic/11 Clinical Credits [495 practicum hours])

Practicum Hours

Practicum hours ensure that students can put theory into practice. The hours are described in the AACN Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006), and refer to 1,000 post-baccalaureate hours that must be completed in practice environments. 

  • Students are required to provide official verification of hours completed in their master's/post-master's in nursing program and must complete any remaining hours to meet 1,000 hours.
  • A total of 495 hours are built into the DNP plan of study, with an additional five hours allotted for DNP Project proposal presentation and dissemination.
  • Two hundred fifty practicum hours will be granted to nurses who hold a national certification in advanced nursing practice that requires a graduate degree. The applicant must provide evidence/documentation of the national certification. 
  • Regardless of the number of master’s/post-master’s hours completed, at least 500 hours must be completed at the doctoral level to demonstrate doctoral competency.

Practicum hours are acquired through a core course within the plan of study and/or through the practicum course, NDNP 890.

  • The hours in NDNP 890 must be approved and academically supervised by the DNP Practicum course faculty and advisor.
  • Students are required to document the hours.
  • Elective courses that have associated practicum hours may be taken to satisfy some of the practicum requirement, with permission from the director of the program.

Please refer to the Student Handbook for additional practicum information. Some students will need to complete more credits (over and beyond the 37 credits) to meet the practicum hours required by AACN.

DNP and Post-Doctoral Certificate Admission Deadlines and Requirements

In this section:


Deadlines:

The Nurse Anesthesia specialty accepts applicants for the summer session only
All other specialties and the Post-Master's DNP option accept students for fall admission.

For best consideration, applicants are encouraged to have all required application materials submitted by the deadlines listed below.

  • Completed applications received after the priority deadline date will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • After the admissions committee file review, applicants may be invited to an on-campus interview.
  • Applicants not selected for an interview will not be advanced to the next stage of applicant review. 

Summer (Nurse Anesthesia specialty ONLY)

Application Opens April 1
Priority Deadline Sept. 1
Application Review Sept. through Oct.
Interviews mid-Oct. through mid-Nov.
Admissions Decisions Announced late Nov. through early Dec.

Fall (all other DNP specialties*, Post-Master's DNP, and Post-Doctoral Certificate applicants)


Qualifications:

  • bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from:
    • an ACEN- (formally known as NLNAC) or CCNE-accredited college or university
      or
    • an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution
  • an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0

Application Materials:

Materials/Qualification

Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

On the application drop down list:

  • post-baccalaureate DNP with specialty pathway applicants should select NURS – DNP – POST BSN
  • post-master's DNP with specialty applicants should select NURS – DNP with Specialties
  • post-master's DNP (without specialty) applicants should select NURS – DNP
  • post-doctoral certificate applicants should select NURS - Postdoc Certificate

Learn more about our DNP pathways.

Two recommendations. Recommendations must come from sources knowledgeable about your work performance and experience. Only the first two recommendations received will be considered.

Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. For all Spring 2019 and later applicants, a form and letter will be required.

Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.

Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Essay. You may submit the essay portion with your online application. We recommend that you compose the essay portion using word processing software and copy and paste it into the text box in the online application.

Applicants are expected to submit a concise essay (no more than 350 words) addressing the following:
How will earning this degree (or post-doctoral certificate) impact your care of the population you expect to serve after graduation?

Submit these materials via our Supplemental Documents Form.

(Alternatively, we accept submissions via email.)

 

 

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.

A copy of your active, unrestricted State of Maryland or compact state RN license. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website; if you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.

Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status. 

Complete a residency application and submit it using the instructions supplied on the application.

Verification of Nursing Practicum Hours Form (required for post-master's option applicants only).

Complete the form and submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Registration and Clinical Placements
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 104
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579


An interview with selected applicants will be arranged after the applications are received and reviewed.


Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.

This program is not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, due to the amount of online courses.


If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.

Frequently Asked Questions

The questions below relate directly to the post-master's DNP option. You may also want to refer to our general FAQs regarding the DNP.


I am in the last semester of my master's degree program and will be graduating in May. Can I apply for the Post-Master’s DNP prior to graduation?
Yes.

Do you allow for specialty or concentration in the Post-Master’s DNP?
Nurses with a master’s degree who want to pursue a DNP with a specialty should apply for the Post-Master’s DNP with Specialties.

Is there a residency, clinical, or practicum requirement?
Yes, there is a practicum requirement. Please see information under “Plans of Study.”

Could clinical or practicum time be set up in my home state?
Yes. Students with contacts for clinical or practicum hours may work with course faculty to arrange a contract to participate in out-of-state learning in states participating in SARA (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements)

I am a nurse who holds a master’s degree in a field other than nursing. May I apply to the Post-Master’s DNP without a Master of Science in nursing?
Yes, nurses who work in areas of health services leadership management, nursing informatics, or community and public health AND hold a master’s degree in a relevant field such as an MBA, MPA, MPH, etc., may apply to the Post-Master’s DNP Program
Nurses who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing should apply to the Post-BSN to DNP option.

Is the program full-time or part-time?
There is a full-time plan of study and a part-time plan of study. Please see information under “Plans of Study.”

What is the education format for the Post-Master’s DNP?
The Post-Master’s DNP is delivered in a blended format. This highly accommodating format offers tremendous flexibility and efficiency for busy professionals. The blended program consists of classes that are offered online, including synchronous and asynchronous Web conferencing. Students will have synchronous Web conferencing five times per semester at scheduled class times.

How many days are students required to be on campus or available?
Students are required to participate in synchronous learning/teaching via Web conference approximately five days per semester. Students are informed of the specific Web conferencing dates prior to the beginning of each semester.
On-campus orientation is mandatory only for the first semester and is scheduled in the summer.

I have a master’s degree in nursing. Will any of my credits transfer into the DNP (Post-Master’s) option?
No, the program is a post-master of science option. The number of credits and the curriculum is designed to follow a master’s degree in nursing and builds upon that curriculum.

I have taken non-degree-earning post-master’s coursework. Will any of my credits transfer into the program?
Students may apply to transfer up to six credits into the program. Courses will be reviewed to ensure that they are appropriate doctoral-level courses and are consistent with the objectives of the DNP program. A coursework audit will be completed for all admitted students identifying those courses eligible for consideration for transfer or waiver.  Students will submit the necessary paperwork for approval.  

Can practicum hours be obtained at my place of work
Practicum hours may be completed within the facility in which you work but may not include hours used toward your official employment obligations. For example, you may be employed as a manager in an emergency department but have identified an executive leader within the same facility with whom you would like to partner in a practicum experience.

Applicants with a Master’s in Nursing Education

A qualified applicant to the Post-Master’s DNP program is required to have an area of specialty. In 2015, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) re-affirmed their position on the discipline of education, citing that the "discipline of education encompasses an entirely separate body of knowledge and competence (AACN, 2004, p.13) and is not an area of advanced nursing practice."

If you hold a Master’s in Nursing Education and want to be considered for the Post-Master’s DNP program, you'll need to declare an area of specialty.  This can be fulfilled by:

You'll need to maintain enrollment until completion of the certificate. Graduation from the DNP program and awarding of the degree is dependent upon successful completion of the certificate and the DNP curricula.

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