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Simmons Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree Program2019-03-06T18:32:33+00:00

Simmons Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree Program

Simmons Online DNP Overview

 Total Credits  30 credits
 Full-Time/Part-Time  Part-time
 Time to Complete  Seven (7) terms
 On-Campus Component?  One (1) on-campus immersion
 Clinical Hours  1,000+
 GRE Required?  GRE is not required, although it may strengthen your application

Simmons’ DNP program offers licensed registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) the opportunity to earn their Doctor of Nursing Practice online. Nursing@Simmons prepares students to meet the increasing demand for advanced practice nurses in today’s health care landscape. The online DNP program combines strong analytical and leadership principles with evidence-based practice to prepare nurses for the highest level of professional practice.

This post-MSN to DNP program is designed for board-certified APRNs who have already earned their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. It prepares nurses to become leaders in a variety of health settings, influence health care systems and policies, and improve patient outcomes. With full-time and part-time options available, this program can be completed in as little as two years.

Nursing@Simmons students benefit from:

  • Renowned faculty members who are recognized experts and continue to work as clinical practitioners
  • Engaging online classes with an approximate student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1
  • Learning experiences that provide opportunities for real-world application through case studies and clinical placements

Simmons Online DNP Curriculum

The online MSN to DNP program focuses on pioneering research, theory and policy with an emphasis on professional practice leadership. The blend of evidence-based practice and strong analytical and leadership principles is intended to prepare nurses for the highest level of professional nursing practice. Coursework also includes ethics and the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and organizational sciences.

Simmons DNP sample part-time course schedule

​Term ​Courses
Term 1
  • NURP 640 – Advanced Research Methods (3)
  • NURP 660 – Informatics (3)
Term 2
  • NURP 620 – Ethical/Legal Issues in Advanced Practice (3)
  • NURP 630 – Professional Leadership and Practice Change (3)
  • NURP 675 – Quality Improvement in Health Care (3)
  • NURP 670 – Health Policy (3)
Term 4
  • NURP 650 – Epidemiology (3)
  • NURP 655 – Biostatistics (3)
Term 5
  • NURP 750A – DNP Project Seminar I (2)
Term 6
  • NURP 750B – DNP Project Seminar I (2)
Term 7
  • NURP 750C – DNP Project Seminar I (2)

Admissions Overview

In order to be considered for admission to Simmons’ online Doctor of Nursing Practice program, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have the following:

  • Current U.S. registered nurse (RN) license and board certification in the U.S. in an advanced practice specialty (NP, CNS, CNM or CRNA)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary institution, with a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Minimum of two years of experience as a licensed registered nurse (experience as a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse is recommended and preferred)
  • Successful completion of a 3-credit course in statistics and a 3-credit course in health assessment (options may be available for individuals who still need to fulfill this requirement)

If you meet the above eligibility requirements, you will need to provide the following to be considered for Simmons’ online DNP program:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Sealed official academic transcripts from all postsecondary institutions
  • Personal statement (one to two pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL score (if your native language is not English)
  • Supplemental documents from your professional portfolio (optional)

About Simmons School of Nursing

Since 1902, Simmons School of Nursing has been an innovator in health care education. Simmons School of Nursing is dedicated to preparing students to become leaders through research, scholarship and clinical expertise.

With a campus located in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, Simmons School of Nursing serves as a prominent authority in the New England region and has received national and international recognition. The school’s Family Nurse Practitioner program is one of the oldest, most established programs in the country. Graduates are well prepared to deliver primary health care to patients across the life span.

Simmons University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and by national and regional discipline-specific agencies in the health care field. The Simmons School of Nursing is accredited through 2019 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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