MS - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Fast Track Program
Who can apply? Am I eligible?
UMass Lowell students currently matriculated in the Master of Science program in nursing may apply for admission to the Fast Track Master’s (MS) to Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program. Requirements include:
- Completion of 12 UMass Lowell credits in the Master of Science Nursing program that includes 33:651 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
- A graduate GPA of 3.5 (must be maintained through MS program)
- Experience working in a professional nursing role
What is involved in the application process? Interested students must do the following:
- Submit graduate application (graduate application fee will be waived)
- Obtain two letters of recommendation, one from UMass Lowell Master’s faculty and one from a current or recent employer
- Submit a purpose statement that specifies immediate and long-term professional goals, relevant work history, academic honors/awards received, and your professional aspirations as a nurse prepared with a DNP degree
- Submit a resume with the graduate application
- Interview with graduate nursing faculty
What happens if I am accepted?
- Accepted Master’s students can take up to 6 credits of graduate-level (500 or higher) courses which can be counted toward both Master’s and DNP degrees. Courses taken must satisfy both DNP and MS degree requirements. Course options: 33:552 Social, Cultural and Policy Issues in Health Care (this required MS course would fulfill the DNP program elective requirement).
- One of the following required DNP courses would fulfill the MS program elective requirement: 32.512 Operations Analysis for Quality Improvement or 32.607 Healthcare Information Systems
- Before graduating from the MS program, students must meet with their DNP program advisor and develop a course plan for the DNP program.
- Within 6 months of completing the MS program, students in the Fast Track MS to DNP program must show evidence of passing an APRN certification exam and obtain a state license to practice as an APRN.
- Graduation from the DNP program is expected within 2-3 years after MS graduation but not later than 5 years.
If you are interested in applying for the MS - DNP Fast Track program, please contact Maria Halepis
. View the DNP Handbook
Note: Courses that were taken as part of the UMass Lowell Fast Track BS to MS program, while at the baccalaureate level, cannot be counted as a course for UMass Lowell Fast Track MS to DNP program.