Post-Master's DNP Not Seeking a New Track (PM-DNP)

Applicants who have already earned a master’s degree have two options depending on their preparation for an advanced practice role. Please note that both options are focused on advanced practice preparation at the doctoral level. A sole focus on preparation as a nurse educator does not constitute an advanced practice specialty track.

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Not Seeking a New Track

Applicants who are already prepared for an advanced practice role (nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, nurse anesthetist, or clinical nurse specialist) or master's-prepared community health specialist are eligible to apply for this option if they do not seek preparation in a new track. Applicants in the community health specialty area must be eligible or certified. Advanced practice registered nurse applicants must be currently licensed in their role. Applicants with a generalist or nursing education master’s degree are not eligible for admission into this option.

The DNP degree allows these applicants to serve at a higher level as an advanced practitioner in their existing advanced practice role.

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Seeking a New Track

Applicants who are not prepared for an advanced practice specialty track, are seeking precepted clinical hours to obtain certification/licensure or who are seeking preparation in a new area of advanced practice specialization are not eligible for the Post-Master's DNP Not Seeking a New Track option.  Instead, they should apply to the DNP program and specify the advanced practice track of interest.

Program Requirements

Post-master's DNP students must:

  • complete all core courses
  • complete a minimum of 1,000 practice hours (post-master’s DNP students not seeking a new track may apply the number of hours of clinical experience they completed for their advanced practice preparation in their master’s programs toward the 1,000 practice hours required in the DNP program)
  • complete at least 18 numerically-graded credits
  • fulfill credits required for degree (93 total; 30 credits applied from prior master's degrees)
  • enroll for a minimum of 1 calendar year in the program
  • successfully complete the final examination

In order to meet these requirements efficiently, it is recommended that students formulate their planned program of study based on a formal gap analysis in conjunction with their academic advisor as early as possible after enrollment in the program.

DNP 2.0 Core Courses

NSG 555

Perspectives on Implementing Research in Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)

NSG 530

Leadership Communication & Professional Identity (4 credits)

NURS 552

Wellness, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (3 credits)


Nursing Inquiry to Support Evidence-Based Practice (5 credits)

NSG 551

Health Politics and Policy (3 credits)

NSG 552

Social Determinants of Health & Health Equity (3 credits)


Appraisal and Translation of Evidence to Practice (5 credits)

NSG 553

Foundations of Health Systems and Health Economics (3 credits)


Methods of Program Evaluation & Quality Improvement (4 credits)


Capstone Experience (Clinical and Project) (15 credits)