Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP program prepares elite nursing professionals to lead in today's increasingly complex health care system, applying evolving best practices to make dramatic improvements in patient care.

Joseph Haymore, DNP Student

"I'm excited about the future. I'll be using what I learned here in school to improve patient care and improve the work environment, and hopefully improve health across a large continuum of patients."

Overview

U.S. News and World Report - Best Grad Schools - Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice 2018‌The 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
  • 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 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.

Click here to read the DNP program's frequently asked questions.

Program Details

UMSON offers three DNP entry options: Post-BSN to DNP, DNP with Specialties (Post-Master’s), and DNP (Post-Master’s).

Post-BSN to DNP

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:

DNP with Specialties (Post-Master's)

This option is designed for nurses who are interested in a career as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse anesthetist and:

  • Have a master’s degree in nursing and want to pursue the DNP with one of the specialties listed below:

OR

  • Currently work in health services leadership management, nursing informatics, community and public health; possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (entry-into-practice program); hold a master’s degree in a relevant field such as an MBA, MPA, or MPH; and want to pursue the DNP with one of the specialties listed below:
     

DNP (Post-Master's)

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 anesthetists, and nurse practitioners. You must also:

  • Have a master's degree in nursing

OR

  • Work in the areas of health services leadership management, nursing informatics, community and public health; possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (entry-into-practice program); and hold a master’s degree in a relevant field, such as an MBA, MPA, or MPH

Click here for more information about the Post-Master's DNP option.

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."

For an applicant who holds a Master’s in Nursing Education to be considered for the Post-Master’s DNP program (Pm-DNP), he/she would need to declare an area of specialty.  This can be fulfilled by:

The student would need to maintain enrollment in the certificate program 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.

Admissions Requirements

The Nurse Anesthesia specialty accepts applicants for the summer session only
All other specialties accept students for fall admission.
See deadlines below.

Qualifications:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a program resulting in the award of a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing from an ACEN- (formally known as NLNAC) or CCNE-accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign university.

Application Materials:

Materials/Qualification

Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

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.

Submit via online application, via email to admissions.nursing@umaryland.edu, or by mail.

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

Submit via email to:
admissions.nursing@umaryland.edu

Two recommendations. Recommendations must come from 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. After Feb. 2, 2018 a recommendation form and letter will be required.

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.

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.

Submit by fax to 410-706-7238 or 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

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 Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
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.

Deadlines:

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)

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* and Post-Master's DNP applicants)


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.

What You'll Do

After graduating from the DNP program, you'll be prepared to:

  • Initiate, facilitate, and participate in collaborative efforts that influence health care outcomes with scholars, practitioners, clinicians, and policy makers from other disciplines
  • Lead at the highest educational, clinical, and executive ranks
  • Evaluate and apply ethically sound, culturally sensitive, evidence-based practice for the improvement of education, clinical practice, systems management, and nursing leadership
  • Analyze and apply scientific knowledge and related skills for the highest level of nursing practice
  • Design, implement, manage, and evaluate patient care and organizational systems
Want to know more about UMSON's DNP program? ‌‌Read the DNP Program Brochure‌.
Upcoming Admissions Events See More
7Feb
4:00 PM | Room 150 Join us for an information session about the nurse anesthesia profession, the program at UMSON, and the application process. This information session will also be webcast.
9May
4:00 PM | Room 150 Join us for an information session about the nurse anesthesia profession, the program at UMSON, and the application process. This information session will also be webcast.