Post-Master’s Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
Turn Your Dreams into Reality
You already have the experience, knowledge and passion. You see first hand the challenges in health care. You know what needs to change.
How can a DNP degree help you turn your ideas into reality? By gaining the leadership skills necessary to transform the healthcare system. You will improve your ability to work within teams, develop skills to lead others in providing safe and high quality healthcare and inspire the development of new models of care.
Meet Current Students
"My dream is to design a one-year paid residency for new nurse practitioners to expose
them to the challenging yet satisfying world of community health. I know that nurse practitioners are
an integral part of making healthcare for all a cost-effective reality." See more on Catherine...
"The sky is blue for nurse practitioners. We can provide high quality care at a lower cost. We need to become entrepreneurs."
See more on Susan...
"Nurse practitioners are in a great position to fill the primary care gap. We provide cost effective care with excellent outcomes and can play a larger role in delivering care solutions for diverse populations." See more on Valerie...
"My dream is to make healthcare equal for all and nurses need to create this change. In the future, I want to teach at the university level so that I can fight minority stereotypes and teach by example." See more on Maribel...
"My dream is to work in healthcare policy so that I can broaden the role of nurse practitioners. I would like to have a more independent practice so that I can take better care of my patients. There's so much more we can do if policies were changed."
See more on Nelly...
UMass Lowell's DNP program prepares advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to propose, implement and evaluate positive evidence-based changes in health care. Our goal is to educate APRNs who will not only provide quality health care to patients, but assume leadership roles in the health care system, and have the knowledge and skills necessary to propose solutions to improve the process and outcomes for patients.. This can be achieved by teaching nurses, who have strong patient care knowledge and skills obtained at the MS level, additional content in evaluation research, health policy, organizational leadership and financing, evidence-based practice and health care informatics. Enjoy the flexibility of our program with options to study part-time or full-time. We offer a blended course format in which classes meet on-site and online for your convenience. Courses are offered evenings and weekends.
Resources for Your Success
UMass Lowell's Department of Nursing has strong ties to the local communities. Our HRSA
awarded DNP program grant – DNPs Caring for the Underserved after MA Health Care Reform – has allowed us to strengthen these local ties by allowing us to form partnerships with Lowell Community Health Center and Evercare. Through these partnerships students, particularly those who are nurse practitioners, will have the opportunity to learn more about working with diverse and underserved populations and gain an understanding of the roles that community health workers play in delivering care to these populations. The grant provides for many other resources including:
- Colloquia on caring for diverse and underserved populations
- A mentoring program
- Online resources for returning to college and working with diverse and underserved populations
- A bio-statistician to assist students with scholarly projects
- An in-house Diversity Scholar
Angela Nannini, Ph.D., FNP-C
Please see the UMass Lowell on-line Graduate Catalog for program requirements and a course of study.