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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 – FNP Concentration

Post BS To Doctor of Nursing Practice – AGNP Concentration

Post BS To Doctor of Nursing Practice – ACNP Concentration

NOTE: – All courses are 3 credits unless noted.

Required Masters Course Courses (13 Credits)

  • NUR 660 – Philosophical Foundations for Healthcare Research (4 cr)
  • NUR 651 – Qualitative research
  • NUR 652 – Quantitative research
  • HDF 527 – Social and Health Care Policy

Required Advanced Practice Courses (11-12 credits)  

  • NUR 503 – Expanded Nursing Assessment Skills (4 cr)
  • NUR 504/ 508/ 509 – Specialized Assessment (1-2 cr)
  • NUR 535 – Pathophysiology in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NUR 582 – Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Nursing

 Three (3) Nurse Practitioner Options

ACNP Option Core Courses (18 credits)

  • NUR 565 – ACNP I
  • NUR 566 – ACNP Practicum
  • NUR 567 – ACNP II
  • NUR 568 – ACNP Practicum II (6 credits)
  • NUR 590 – Directed Advanced Study & Practice

 FNP Option Core Courses (18 credits)

  • NUR 531 –Primary Health Care Nursing
  • NUR 532 – Practicum in Primary Health Care Nursing
  • NUR 533 –Primary Health Care Nursing II
  • NUR 534  Practicum in Primary Health Care Nursing II (6 credits)
  • NUR 590 Directed Study & Practice in Advanced Clinical

AFNP/CNS Option Core Courses (21 credits)

  • NUR 561 – AGNP/Clinical Nurse Specialist I
  • NUR 562 – AGNP/Clinical Nurse Specialist I Practicum
  • NUR 563 – AGNP/Clinical Nurse Specialist II
  • NUR 564 – AGNP/Clinical Nurse Specialist II Practicum (6 credits)
  • NUR 590– Directed Study and Practice in Advanced Practice (6 credits)

NOTE: Students may opt out here with their MS degree by taking NUR 520 – Graduate Study Seminar (1 cr), 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.

Remaining DNP Courses (28 credits)

  • NUR 549 – Evidence Based Strategies in Health Care Program Evaluation
  • NUR 551Theoretical Study of Nursing Administration /Leadership
  • NUR 680 – Informatics in Health Care Settings
  • PHP 540Introduction to Epidemiology
  • MBA 540 – Organizational Decision Making and Design
  • NUR 686 – DNP Role Development (6 credits)
  • NUR 688 – Capstone practicum & project- portfolio (7 credits)

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

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.

Financial Aid
A variety of traineeships, graduate assistantships and loans are available to help finance doctoral education.

Application Requirements:

The following materials are required to complete the online graduate nursing application:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. 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 retirements 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 NUR 505 or 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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