Doctor of Nursing Practice


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An education at Quinnipiac embodies the University's commitment to three core values: high-quality academic programs, a student-centered environment and a strong sense of community. Learning occurs in a highly personalized, student-centered community, which promotes academic excellence.

Graduate nursing education broadens the scope of practice and provides for the acquisition of expertise in an area of specialization. Students prepare for leadership roles in advanced specialty practice, nursing leadership and organizational management.

The nursing faculty welcomes a diversity of ideas, persons and cultures and supports students to advance their nursing education. The program promotes holistic nursing approaches, professional collaboration and ethical scholarship in an exciting environment dedicated to learning. The graduate nursing program offers five uniquely focused tracks leading to the doctor of nursing practice.

The Quinnipiac Advantage: Key Features

  • New state-of-the art facility
  • Convenient schedule for adult learners
  • Supportive classroom instruction
  • Rigorous and focused educational goals
  • Superb clinical affiliations
  • Immersion and residency experiences
  • Intensive international health option
  • Portfolio capstone project

The DNP program at Quinnipiac University is accredited by the  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Admissions Requirements

An applicant to the doctor of nursing program must be a registered nurse or NCLEX eligible nurse and have a bachelor's degree in nursing or another field. Applicants to the post baccalaureate nurse anesthesia track must have two years of critical care experience within the last five years. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is required. Additionally, applicants to the post-master's DNP tracks must have a master's degree in nursing or a related field.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • A completed admissions application including a resume and a personal statement addressing the following: 1) professional goals and motivations, 2) a nursing experience that has influenced or shaped your practice, 3) a health care problem that interests you for potential doctoral study
  • Official transcripts from all schools previously attended
  • Official recent results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or (IELTS) International English Language Testing System for international applicants
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons with authority to evaluate your professional ability
  • Proof of current licensure or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Connecticut
  • Post-master's program applicants are required to provide verification from their prior master's program indicating the total number of supervised clinical hours that they completed as a part of that program. Download the form

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis up until the deadline of May 1, except for nurse anesthesia which is Nov. 15. When all application materials are received, an interview with the graduate nursing program director and/or member of the faculty will be arranged for eligible candidates.

For additional information please contact:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Phone: 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
E-mail: graduate@quinnipiac.edu

Curriculum + Requirements

Students who have earned their bachelor's degree may elect to pursue preparation as an advanced practice nurse in one of three tracks, including:

  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Anesthesia

The School of Nursing also offers three doctoral level post-master's tracks:

Students who are seeking to become an advanced practice nurse in adult gerontology or family care are eligible to enter the program if they are registered nurses with a bachelor's (or higher degree) in nursing or a related field.

Full-time students enrolled in the adult gerontology or family nurse practitioner tracks can complete the degree requirements for a doctor of nursing practice in three years. The full-time curriculum, including the clinical component, takes place two days each week over the three calendar years and allows for part-time work.

Nurse practitioner students can choose a four-year option, which allows for part-time study for the first two years. This four-year curriculum, including clinical experience, occurs one day a week for the first two years and then two days a week over the final two years. This option allows for full-time work in the first two years of the program and part-time work in the final two years.

Students who have earned a master's degree in nursing or a related field can enroll in the post-master's DNP: Care of Populations or Nurse Leadership, which offers an opportunity to advance career goals more rapidly. Practicing certified nurse anesthetists can enroll in the post-master's nurse anesthesia track. 

Scholarly Portfolio
Upon admission, students are assigned an adviser, who meets with them for academic and scholarly advising over the course of the program. All students in the DNP program engage in scholarly inquiry through a variety of projects that are embedded in core and specialty courses throughout the program. Students are encouraged early to identify a theme or focus of inquiry. The completed projects are collected in a capstone portfolio and, in the final semester, students reflect on how the projects have helped them achieve the overall program objectives during their course of study. The student's ongoing portfolio work is evaluated by the faculty teaching the courses. The final synthesis is graded as pass/fail by a faculty committee.

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Track

This 68-credit track prepares qualified professional nurses to practice at an advanced level in primary care settings as adult-gerontology nurse practitioners.

The curriculum follows the standards set by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, the American Nurses Association, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. It provides 1,000 hours of precepted practice, thereby enabling graduates to diagnose and manage most common illnesses, and to assume the responsibilities commensurate with prescriptive authority.

Working independently and collaboratively with physicians and other members of the health care team, graduates are prepared to provide, high-quality, cost-effective and holistic primary care for patients from puberty through senescence.

Graduates are eligible to take a national examination for certification as adult-gerontology nurse practitioners.

Adult-Gerontology full-time learning pathway:

Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
First year, fall semester First year, spring semester
NUR 516 Health Policy & Organizational Systems 3 NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidence Based Practice 3
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I 3 NUR 630 Advanced Health Assessment II 3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment I Lab 2 NUR 630L Advanced Health Assessment II Lab 2
NUR 632 Health Promotion & Advocacy 3 NUR 634 Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care 3
BMS 515 Advanced Pathophysiology I 3 BMS 516 Advanced Pathophysiology II 3
NUR 500  Biostatistics
Total 15 Total 14
First year, summer semester
NUR 638DE Laboratory Diagnosis 2
NUR 602DE Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
Total 3
Second year, fall semester Second year, spring semester
NUR 530DE Advanced Pharmacology 3 NUR 528 Principles of Radiography 2
NUR 636 Common Problems in Primary Care 3 NUR 640DE Special Topics in Adult Pharmacology 1
NUR 641 Adult Health Practicum & Seminar I 3 NUR 642DE Complex Problems in Primary Care 3
NUR 643 Adult Health Practicum & Seminar II 3
Total 9 Total 9
Second year, summer semester   
NUR 605DE Clinical Practice Immersion 1
NUR 524DE Principles of ECG Interpretation 1
Total 2
Third year, fall semester Third year, spring semester
NUR 610 Clinical Scholarship & Inquiry in Nursing 3 NUR 612 Leadership & Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 610PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar I 1 NUR 612PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar II 1
NUR 645 Adult Health Practicum & Seminar III 3 NUR 647 Adult Health Practicum & Seminar IV 3
Total 7 Total 7
Third year, summer semester
NUR 637DE Clinical Fellowship 2
Total 2
Total 68
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Adult-Gerontology part-time learning pathway:

Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
First year, fall semester First year, spring semester
NUR 516 Health Policy & Organizational Systems 3 NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidence-based Practice 3
BMS 515 Advanced Pathophysiology I 3 BMS 516 Advanced Pathophysiology II 3
NUR 500 Biostatistics 1
Total 7 Total 6
First year, summer semester
NUR 602DE Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
Total 1
Second year, fall semester Second year, spring semester
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I 3 NUR 630 Advanced Health Assessment II 3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment I Lab 2 NUR 630L Advanced Health Assessment II Lab 2
NUR 632 Health Promotion & Advocacy 3 NUR 634 Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care 3
Total 8 Total 8
Second year, summer semester
NUR 638DE Laboratory Diagnosis 2
Total 2
Third year, fall semester Third year, spring semester
NUR 530DE Advanced Pharmacology 3 NUR 528 Principles of Radiography 2
NUR 636 Common Problems in Primary Care 3 NUR 640DE Special Topics in Adult Pharmacology 1
NUR 641 Adult Health Practicum & Seminar I 3 NUR 642DE Complex Problems in Primary Care 3
NUR 643 Adult Health Practicum & Seminar II 3
Total 9 Total 9
Third year, summer semester
NUR 605DE Clinical Practice Immersion 1
NUR 524DE Principles of ECG Interpretation 1
Total 2
Fourth year, fall semester Fourth year, spring smester
NUR 610 Clinical Scholarship & Inquiry in Nursing 3 NUR 612 Leadership & Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 610PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar I 1 NUR 612PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar II 1
NUR 645 Adult Health Practicum & Seminar III 3 NUR 647 Adult Health Practicum & Seminar IV 3
Total 7 Total 7
Fourth year, summer semester
NUR 637DE Clinical Fellowship 2
Total 2
Total 68
DE - Online course

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

This 75-credit track prepares qualified professional nurses to practice at an advanced level in primary care settings as family nurse practitioners.

The curriculum follows the standards set by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, the American Nurses Association, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. It provides 1,000 hours of precepted practice, thereby enabling graduates to diagnose and manage most common illnesses, and to assume the responsibilities commensurate with prescriptive authority.

Working independently and collaboratively with physicians and other members of the health care team, program graduates are prepared to provide high-quality, cost-effective and holistic and individualized primary care across the lifespan from birth to senescence.

Graduates are eligible to take a national examination for certification as family nurse practitioners.

Family Nurse Practitioner full-time learning pathway:
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
First year, fall semester First year, spring semester
NUR 516 Health Policy & Organizational Systems 3 NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidenced Based Practice 3
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I 3 NUR 630 Advanced Health Assessment II 3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment I Lab 2 NUR 630L Advanced Health Assessment II Lab 2
NUR 632 Health Promotion & Advocacy 3 NUR 634 Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care 3
BMS 515 Advanced Pathophysiology I 3 BMS 516 Advanced Pathophysiology II 3
NUR 500DE Biostatistics 1
Total 15 Total 14
First year, summer semester
NUR 638DE Laboratory Diagnosis 2
NUR 656DE Pediatric Assessment 1
NUR 602DE Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
Total 4
Second year, fall semester Second year, spring semester
NUR 530DE Advanced Pharmacology 3 NUR 528 Principles of Radiography 2
NUR 636 Common Problems in Primary Care 3 NUR 650DE Special Topics in Family Pharmacology 1
NUR 652 Primary Care of the Child & Family I 3 NUR 654 Primary Care of the Child & Family II 3
NUR 651 Family Health Practicum & Seminar I 3 NUR 642DE Complex Problems in Primary Care 3


NUR 653 Family Health Practicum & Seminar II 3
Total 12 Total 12
Second year, summer semester
NUR 605DE Clinical Practice Immersion 1
NUR 524DE Principles of ECG Interpretation 1
Total 2
Third year, fall semester Third year, spring semester
NUR 610 Clinical Scholarship & Inquiry in Nursing 3 NUR 612 Leadership & Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 610PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar I 1 NUR 612PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar II 1
NUR 655 Family Health Practicum & Seminar III 3 NUR 657 Family Health Practicum & Seminar IV 3
Total 7 Total 7
Third year, summer semester
NUR 637DE Clinical Fellowship 2
Total 2
Total 75
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Family Nurse Practitioner part-time learning pathway:

Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
First year, fall semester First year, spring semester
NUR 516 Health Policy & Organizational Systems 3 NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidenced Based Practice 3
BMS 515 Advanced Pathophysiology I 3 BMS 516 Advanced Pathophysiology II 3
NUR 500 Biostatistics 1
Total 7
Total 6
First year, summer semester
NUR 602DE Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
Total 1
Second year, fall semester Second year, spring semester
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I 3 NUR 630 Advanced Health Assessment II 3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment I Lab 2 NUR 630L Advanced Health Assessment II Lab 2
NUR 632 Health Promotion & Advocacy 3 NUR 634 Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care 3
Total 8 Total 8
Second year, summer semester
NUR 638DE Laboratory Diagnosis 2
NUR 656HY Pediatric Assessment 1
Total 3
Third year, fall semester Third year, spring semester
NUR 530DE Advanced Pharmacology 3 NUR 528 Principles of Radiography 2
NUR 636 Common Problems in Primary Care 3 NUR 650DE Special Topics in Family Pharmacology 1
NUR 651 Family Health Practicum & Seminar I 3 NUR 642DE Complex Problems in Primary Care 3
NUR 652 Primary Care of the Child & Family I 3 NUR 653 Family Health Practicum & Seminar II 3
NUR 654 Primary Care of the Child & Family II 3
Total 12 Total 12
Third year, summer semester
NUR 605DE Clinical Practice Immersion 1
NUR 524DE Principles of ECG Interpretation 1
Total 2
Fourth year, fall semester Fourth year, spring semester
NUR 610 Clinical Scholarship & Inquiry in Nursing 3 NUR 612 Leadership & Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 610PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar I 1 NUR 612PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar II 1
NUR 655 Family Health Practicum & Seminar III 3 NUR 657 Family Health Practicum & Seminar IV 3
Total 7 Total 7
Fourth year, summer semester
NUR 637DE Clinical Fellowship 2
Total 2
Total 75
DE - Online course

Nurse Anesthesia Track

The curriculum of this three-year, full-time track offers coursework in advanced physiology and pathophysiology, anatomy with cadaver lab, advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology, basic and advanced principles of anesthesia, physics and advanced chemistry for anesthetic practice, patient safety, ethics, professional aspects, biostatistics, clinical scholarship, health care leadership, epidemiology and evidence-based practice. 

Read more about this program.

Post-Master's DNP: Care of Populations Track (hybrid)

For post-master's students without a background as an APRN, the 33-credit care of populations track provides educational preparation for executive leadership positions or community-focused care. Electives in nursing education can prepare graduates for teaching in academia or the clinical environment. 

Students can complete the program in two years. Practice and field experience of 500 hours are related to the student's interests to enhance learning. The track combines online and on-campus courses.

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Post-Master's DNP: Nurse Anesthesia

This two-year, part-time program is designed for the practicing nurse anesthetist. The program prepares the CRNA for leadership positions in clinical practice, education and management. The curriculum contains coursework in ethics, biostatistics, epidemiology, evidence-based practice, human factors and patient safety, health policy, clinical scholarship and leadership. 

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Post-Master's DNP: Nursing Leadership Track (online)

The online 31-33 credit post-master's doctor of nursing practice nursing leadership track is designed to develop a wide range of skills for master's-prepared nurses aspiring to assume leadership roles across a variety of health care settings, as well as for those who currently hold leadership positions. The track can be completed online with the exception of a residency component. 

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