The online Post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (PM DNP) program is for nurses with a master’s degree in nursing or another field who bring their own knowledge, interests, expertise, and insights to this leadership specialty. Students build on these assets while focusing on innovative design and implementation in the healthcare setting.
PM DNP admits cohorts twice a year with start dates in January and August. Applicants will be scheduled for a virtual interview when their application is complete. Asynchronous courses are delivered 100% online in 8-week blocks so students may plan their own study times. The PM DNP program can be completed in 2.5 years or in 1.5 years with an accelerated plan of study.
The PM DNP curriculum has 8 core courses and 3 DNP Scholarly Project courses (11 courses; 33 credits). Once a student is admitted, a doctoral committee reviews their graduate transcripts and may grant a course waiver for equivalency with one or more DNP core courses. Individual plans of study are created around each student’s needs and interests. Students may apply up to 500 hours earned during their master’s program toward the 1,000 required practicum hours.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Admission Requirements
1. Applicants must hold a master's degree. A minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA for graduate work is preferred.
2. Registered Nurse licensure: An unencumbered registered nurse license in the United States
3. Letters of recommendation: Three letters of reference pertaining to academic ability, professional competency, and personal character are required.
4. Updated resume
5. Professional statement: The professional statement must include a written essay responding to each of the following:
a. How will a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the University of New Hampshire help you attain your professional goals?
b. Describe your current advanced nursing role, or if you are pursuing a new specialty, explain what you are planning to do with your nursing career in your specialty after you complete the DNP.
c. In addition to the information contained in your resume, what strengths do you possess that would contribute to your success in the DNP program and in a community of interprofessional scholars?
d. Identify one scholarly inquiry from your practice you would like to explore as part of the DNP program (e.g., quality improvement initiative, evidence-based practice guidelines, new model of care, policy analysis).
6. Interview: After initial review of the application, applicants may be contacted for an interview.