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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Online Program

Choose your degree from our award-winning online DNP Program!

The UMass Amherst Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, open since 2006, was one of the first totally online BS to DNP and MS to DNP Completion programs, and has won a number of national and regional awards for excellence in online education. 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 all over the U.S. and in at least three foreign countries.

This program will help you 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, and help facilitate progress toward more effective and sustainable health care. The DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  

Choose one of the following specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Public Health Nurse Leader (PHNL), Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Post MS DNP Completion*, or our newly re-opened Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

*If you already are a certified advanced practice nurse with a MS in Nursing, choose our all online Post MS DNP Completion option, requiring a minimum of 36 semester credits and a plan of study designed individually by portfolio review.  

The DNP Program Online is a distance-accessible program offered through an online method.  All course work is offered through Continuing and Professional Education (CP&E) Each student will gain experiential learning through clinical internships to be arranged in the student’s area.


Please click here for the Graduate Preceptor Handbook.


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) website posts the position statement regarding the Practice Doctorate in Nursing, DNP frequently asked questions, and other important topics.