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Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-BS to DNP)


College of Nursing at the University of Rhode Island offers a post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with nurse practitioner concentrations in acute care (adult-gerontology focus), family, and adult gerontological/CNS. Its purpose is to prepare 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 post BS to DNP program is 72-74 depending on which advanced practice option the student chooses. Students in the post baccalaureate to DNP program can choose between moving through or stopping to get their masters along the way (42-45 credits) and then completing the final portions of the DNP degree (28-30 credits). By enrolling in the direct Post-BS 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.

Course Descriptions

Required Masters Nursing Core Courses (13 credits) Course Code Credits
Philosophical & Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science NUR 660 4
Advanced Methods in Nursing Research I (Qualitative Methods) NUR 651 3
Advanced Methods in Nursing Research II (Quantitative Methods) NUR 652 3
Social and Health Care Policy HDF 527 3
Required Advanced Practice Courses (11-12 credits) Course Code Credits
Advanced Adult Physical Assessment NUR 503 4
Advanced Specialized Physical Assessment NUR 504/508/509 1-2
Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses NUR 535 3
Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Nursing NUR 582 3

ACNP Concentration Courses 

Curriculum Sheet

Required Concentration Courses (18 credits) Course Code Credits
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I: Adult NUR 565 3
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum I: Adult NUR 566 3
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II: Adult NUR 567 3
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum II: Adult NUR 568 6
Directed Advanced Study & Practice NUR 590 3

AGNP/CNS Concentration Courses

Curriculum Sheet

Required Concentration Courses (21 credits) Course Code Credits
Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner/CNS I NUR 561 3
Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner/CNS I Practicum NUR 562 3
 Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner/CNS II NUR 563 3
Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner/CNS II Practicum NUR 564 6
Directed Advanced Study & Practice NUR 590 6

FNP Concentration Courses

Curriculum Sheet

Required Concentration Courses (18 credits) Course Code Credits
Primary Health Care Nursing I NUR 531 3
Practicum in Primary Health Care Nursing I NUR 532 3
Primary Health Care Nursing II NUR 533 3
Practicum in Primary Health Care Nursing II NUR 534 6
Directed Advanced Study & Practice NUR 590 3

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.

Required Remaining DNP Courses 

Required DNP Courses (28 credits) Course Code Credits
Evidence-Based Strategies in Health Care Program Evaluation NUR 549 3
Theoretical Study of Nursing Administration/Leadership NUR 551 3
Informatics in Health Care Settings NUR 680 3
Introduction to Epidemiology PHP 540 3
Organizational Decision Making and Design MBA 540 3
DNP Role Development NUR 686 6
DNP Capstone Practicum and Project NUR 688 7

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.

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. PLEASE NOTE: If you attended URI as an undergraduate or graduate you will still need to upload your transcripts. Unofficial copies can be uploaded into the online application and upon admission official copies will be required. If any courses were transferred as credit towards your baccalaureate degree, please be sure to upload those transcripts as well.
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional) attesting to the applicant’s capability for graduate study, one of which must be by a doctorally (PhD or DNP) 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
  • RN applicants with non-nursing baccalaureate 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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