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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Post B.S. to DNP


The Post Baccalaureate DNP program in nursing prepares nurses at the highest level for clinical practice. It prepares clinicians capable of translating scientific findings, evaluating outcomes and programs, producing clinical scholarship, and transforming health care systems and policies.


The total credits for this proposed post BS entry to DNP is 72-74 depending on which advanced practice option the students choose. Students choosing the post-MS DNP option earn the MS degree first (42 – 45 credits depending upon concentration) and then the DNP degree (42 credits). By enrolling in the direct post BS entry to DNP, students save a minimum of 14 credits.
For students opting out for their MS before continuing on for the DNP, their total credits are 43 – 46, depending upon the concentration.

Post BS To Doctor of Nursing Practice – ACNP Concentration

Post BS To Doctor of Nursing Practice – AGNP Concentration

Post BS to Doctor of Nursing Practice – FNP Concentration

NOTE: All courses are 3 credits unless noted.


  • NUR 660 – Philosophical & Theoretical Foundations in Nursing Research (4 credits)
  • NUR 651 – Advanced Methods in Nursing Research I (Qualitative Methods)
  • NUR 652 – Advanced Methods in Nursing Research II (Quantitative Methods)
  • HDF 527 – Social and Health Care Policy


  • NUR 503 – Adult Physical Assessment (4 credits) – Expansion of nursing assessment skills, including health history taking and physical, psychological and social assessment skills
  • NUR 504/508/509 – Specialized Assessment (1-2 credits)
  • NUR 535 – Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses – Clinical decision making based on synthesis of in-depth study of pathophysiological phenomena across the life span
  • NUR 582 – Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Nursing – Integration of pharmacotherapeutic and decision-making theories with human pathophysiology.



  • NUR 565 –  ACNP I –  Didactic knowledge and clinical decision making skills necessary to manage health conditions common to the acute or critically ill in emergency departments, acute and critical care units.
  • NUR 566 – ACNP Practicum I– Application of clinical decision making skills necessary to the management of patients who are acutely and critically ill in hospital emergency, acute and critical care units.
  • NUR 567 – ACNP II – This course builds on the principles learned in ACNP I. The focus is on the management of chronic illness exacerbations that require care in sub-acute, acute or critical care.
  • NUR 568 – ACNP Practicum II (6 credits) – Individually precepted clinical experiences with the focus on developing management skills in the care of clients with exacerbations of chronic illness who are hospitalized in acute care facilities.
  • NUR 590 – Directed Advanced Study & Practice – In depth study and supervised clinical practice in a specialized area of nursing.


  • NUR 561 – Adult – Gerontological Nurse Practitioner /Clinical Nurse Specialist I – Theoretical knowledge and skills for the development of advanced practice nursing strategies in analyzing, managing, and preventing health-related problems of adults and older adults.
  • NUR 562 – Adult – Gerontological Nurse Practitioner /Clinical Nurse Specialist I Practicum – Clinical application of knowledge and skills of NUR 561.
  • NUR 563 – Adult – Gerontological Nurse Practitioner /Clinical Nurse Specialist II – A theoretical study for the development of nursing competency in adult and gerontological advanced nursing practice.
  • NUR 564 – Adult – Gerontological Nurse Practitioner /Clinical Nurse Specialist II Practicum (6 credits) – Clinical application of theoretical knowledge and skills of NUR 563.
  • NUR 590 – Directed Study and Practice in Advanced Practice Nursing (6 credits) – In depth study and supervised clinical practice in a specialized area of adult gerontological nursing


  • NUR 531 – Primary Health Care Nursing I – Theoretical knowledge and skills for the development of nursing strategies in analyzing, managing, and preventing health-related problems.
  • NUR 532 – Practicum in Primary Health Care Nursing I –  Clinical application of knowledge and skills of NUR 531.
  • NUR 533 – Primary Health Care Nursing II –  A theoretical study for the development of nursing competency in family primary care practice.
  • NUR 534 – Practicum in Primary Health Care Nursing II (6 credits) –  Clinical application of theoretical knowledge and skills of NUR 533.
  • NUR 590 – Directed Study/Practice in Advanced Clinical Nursing –  In-depth study and supervised clinical practice in a specialized area of nursing.

NOTE: Students may opt out here with their MS degree by taking NUR 520 – Graduate Study Seminar (1 credit), completing their masters’ major paper, and comprehensive exam. The masters’ major paper may be used as a portfolio component for the DNP.

Total credits for opt-out masters – 43-46, depending upon the concentration.


  • NUR 549 – Evidence-Based Strategies in Health Care Program Evaluation – Analysis and application of evidenced-based methods, translation of research into practice, and evaluation of practice to improve health care outcomes.
  • NUR 551 – Theoretical Study of Nursing Administration /Leadership –  Study of concepts, theories and strategies underpinning planning, decision-making and quality improvement activities in health care administration/leadership.
  • NUR 680 – Informatics in Health Care Settings – Theory and application of nursing science, computer science and information science for decision making, practice management and communication in health care settings.
  • PHP 540 – Introduction to Epidemiology –  An introduction to epidemiology, the study of health and disease in populations.
  • MBA 540 – Organizational Decision Making and Design – Theory and skills development in strategic thinking and organizational design; use of critical analysis in the diagnosis of organizational and management problems.
  • NUR 686 – DNP Role Development (6 credits) – Implement the role of the doctorally prepared advanced practice nurse in selected clinical settings.Clinical practice is available in a variety of settings. The practicum experiences are planned with the student, taking into consideration the student’s interest, learning needs and career goals.
  • NUR 688 – DNP Capstone Practicum and Project (7 credits) –  A synthesis of prior practicums in the student’s area of interest, applying theoretical knowledge and research findings at the individual, professional, organizational, and societal levels.

ELECTIVES (0-2 credits)

Elective credits to be determined with student’s advisor and taken anytime during the program. Selection should be based on prior knowledge, clinical experience, and career goals.

  • ACNP concentration requires one elective credit
  • AGNP does not require any elective credits
  • FNP concentration requires two elective credits


A car is necessary to reach the various clinical practice locations in the cities and rural areas. A local bus service connects the University to most major health service facilities, shopping, and service centers, but the bus routes and schedules may not always be convenient for the graduate student.

Part-time and full-time study

Students take 1 or 2, 3 credit courses per semester for part-time and 3 courses for full-time. Students may choose to move through courses in a two-and-one-half to a five-year time frame.


Additional information on tuition and a full breakdown of fees can be located on the Enrollment Services Tuition and Fees webpage.

Financial Aid

A variety of traineeships, graduate assistantships and loans are available to help finance graduate education. More information can be found on the Graduate School Financial Support webpage. If you are interested in requesting an assistantship please email after you have submitted your application.

Application Requirements

Application deadlines are as follows: October 15th for spring start and February 15th for fall start. Applications are not reviewed until all materials are submitted. The following are required to complete the online graduate nursing application:

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Upon admission official copies will be required. NOTE: If you attended URI as an undergraduate or graduate you will still need to upload your transcripts. Directions to request URI transcripts can be found here.
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional) attesting to the applicant’s capability for graduate study, one of which must be by a doctorally prepared nurse.
  • Curriculum vita or resume.
  • Submission of MAT or GRE results with satisfactory score and taken within the past five years. Test scores are required for all masters applicants regardless of experience, GPA, or admission requirements from other post-secondary nursing programs.
  • 1-2 page statement of purpose which includes your goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing and planned progression through the program (i.e. part time or full time study)

Admission Requirements

Prospective graduate student applications are reviewed as a package based on submitted materials and the following:

  • Completed application with all materials.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing or the National League for Nursing with an upper-division major in nursing.
  • Eligibility for RN licensure in Rhode Island
  • Positive recommendations
  • Statement of purpose which reflects writing ability and goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing
  • Two years of clinical nursing experience, relevant to the specialization applied for, prior to enrollment in the advanced practice clinical courses.
  • A basic statistics course is a prerequisite for NUR652.
  • Candidates with non-nursing degrees will be evaluated on an individual basis. Completion of challenge of upper-division nursing courses is required prior to acceptance into the master’s program.

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