The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduate Programs

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Why Choose the Online Doctor of Nursing Practice at UMass Amherst?

The UMass Amherst Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, introduced in 2006, was one of the first online DNP programs in the country.

Our DNP program was ranked #30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2019 (see rankings here)

We have a history of consistent positive student outcomes and a wealth of experience, expertise, and high student satisfaction levels, and have students and alumni across the U.S. and in several other countries.

The College of Nursing offers the benefits and resources of a large, highly-ranked research university.

The Nursing faculty includes renowned professors whose widely published research puts them at the forefront of their fields and enriches the quality of their teaching.

The UMass Amherst DNP will prepare you to:

  • Develop the advanced practice knowledge and skills you need to manage patients as well as lead health care systems
  • Evaluate and apply research and other forms of evidence
  • Enhance and evaluate clinical outcomes help facilitate progress toward more effective and sustainable health care

Specialization Areas


Post-Baccalaureate Role Concentrations:

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Plan of Study

The DNP Program is completely online.  You will gain experiential learning through clinical internships to be arranged in your area.

Graduate Clinical Placements

Please click here for important information about graduate clinical placements.  



If you have a specific question about the DNP program, please complete the information request form or contact:

Karen Ayotte, DNP Program Assistant
032 Skinner Hall
Tel: 413.545.1302