Post-Bachelor’s Doctor of Nursing Practice

Nurses are the very heart of the health care system. With an aging population and a shortage of health care professionals on the horizon, the need for advanced practice nurses continues to grow.

Program Overview

Our DNP program builds on your bachelor’s degree as we prepare you for a leadership role in the health care system providing competent, culturally sensitive, and ethically based holistic health care to diverse individuals and families in a variety of settings. You can choose from one of the following specialties: adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner or nurse anesthesia.   

The adult-gerontology nurse practitioner track can be completed either as a part-time or full-time program, requiring a three- or four-year commitment, respectively. You’ll develop the necessary skills to provide high-quality, cost-effective primary care across the lifespan of adults. After completing this track, you’ll be eligible to take a national certification exam for adult nurse practitioners. 

The family nurse practitioner track also can be pursued either part time or full time and prepares you to diagnose and manage most common illnesses for patients of all ages and to assume the responsibility inherent in prescribing medications. After graduation, you’ll be eligible to take a national exam for family nurse practitioner certification. 

The nurse anesthesia track is only offered as a full-time program and is completed in three years. You’ll be trained in a range of areas, such as advanced physiology and pathophysiology, anatomy (with cadaver lab), advanced pharmacology and advanced chemistry for anesthetic practice. The clinical component is featured more prominently as the program progresses, beginning with part-time hours and gradually ending with full-time hours plus a call rotation. 

For individuals with master’s degrees, we also offer the opportunity to earn a post-master’s DNP online in the following tracks: care of populations, nurse anesthesia and nursing leadership.

Read more about our online tracks:

Curriculum and Requirements

Learning Pathways

DNP: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BMS 515 Advanced Pathophysiology I 3
NUR 500 Biostatistics 1
NUR 516 Health Policy and Organizational Systems 1 3
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I 3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment I Lab 2
NUR 632 Health Promotion and Advocacy 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Practice 1 3
NUR 522 Advanced Pathophysiology II (BMS 516) 3
NUR 630 Advanced Health Assessment II 3
NUR 630L Advanced Health Assessment II Lab 2
NUR 634 Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care 3
 Credits14
Summer Semester
NUR 524 Principles of ECG Interpretation 1
NUR 602 Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
NUR 631 Introduction to Clinical Practicum & Seminar 1
NUR 638 Laboratory Diagnosis 2
 Credits5
Second Year
Fall Semester
NUR 530 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 641 Adult Health Practicum & Seminar I 3
NUR 636 Common Problems in Primary Care 3
 Credits9
Spring Semester
NUR 528 Principles of Radiography 2
NUR 642 Complex Problems in Primary Care 3
NUR 643 Adult Health Practicum and Seminar II 3
 Credits8
Summer Semester
NUR 610PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar I 1
NU 645 Holistic Care in Forensic Nursing: Practicum II 3
NUR 610 Clinical Scholarship & Inquiry in Nursing 3
 Credits7
Third Year
Fall Semester
NUR 612 Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 612PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar II 1
NUR 647 Adult Health Practicum and Seminar IV 3
 Credits7
Spring Semester
NUR 640 Special Topics in Adult and Geriatric Psychopharmacology 1
NUR 637 Clinical Fellowship 4
 Credits5
 Total Credits70
1

online or on-campus (space-available basis)

DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BMS 515 Advanced Pathophysiology I 3
NUR 500 Biostatistics 1
NUR 516 Health Policy and Organizational Systems 1 3
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I 3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment I Lab 2
NUR 632 Health Promotion and Advocacy 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Practice 1 3
NUR 522 Advanced Pathophysiology II (BMS 516) 3
NUR 630 Advanced Health Assessment II 3
NUR 630L Advanced Health Assessment II Lab 2
NUR 634 Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care 3
 Credits14
Summer Semester
NUR 524 Principles of ECG Interpretation 1
NUR 602 Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
NUR 631 Introduction to Clinical Practicum & Seminar (120 hours) 1
NUR 638 Laboratory Diagnosis 2
NUR 656 Pediatric Assessment 1
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall Semester
NUR 530 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 636 Common Problems in Primary Care 3
NUR 651 Family Health Practicum & Seminar I 3
NUR 652 Pediatric Assessment,Primary Care of the Child and Family I 3
 Credits12
Spring Semester
NUR 528 Principles of Radiography 2
NUR 642 Complex Problems in Primary Care 3
NUR 653 Family Health Practicum and Seminar II 3
NUR 654 Primary Care of the Child and Family II 3
 Credits11
Summer Semester
NUR 610 Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry in Nursing 3
NUR 610PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar I 1
NUR 655 Family Health Practicum and Seminar III 1
 Credits5
Third Year
Fall Semester
NUR 612 Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 612PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar II 1
NUR 657 Family Health Practicum and Seminar IV 3
 Credits7
Spring Semester
NUR 650 Special Topics in Family Psychopharmacology 1
NUR 637 Clinical Fellowship 4
 Credits5
 Total Credits75
1

online or on-campus (space-available basis)

Post-master’s DNP: Care of Populations

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
NUR 500 Biostatistics 1
NUR 516 Health Policy and Organizational Systems 1 3
NUR 620 Advanced Principles of Population- Based Health Care 3
 Credits7
Spring Semester
NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Practice 1 3
NUR 622 Special Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing 3
 Credits6
Summer Semester
NUR 602 Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
NUR 610 Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry in Nursing 3
NUR 610PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar I 1
NUR 623 Population Health Fellowship 1
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall Semester
HM 600 Foundations of Health Care Management 3
NUR 612 Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 612PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar II 1
 Credits7
Spring Semester
STC 513 Health and Strategic Communications 3
OL 601 Foundations of Organizational Leadership 3
 Credits6
Summer Semester
NUR 621 Post-Master's Additional Graduate Clinical 2
 Credits2
 Total Credits34
1

online or on-campus (space-available basis)

Post-master’s DNP: Nursing Leadership

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
HM 600 Foundations of Health Care Management (first seven weeks) 3
NUR 500 Biostatistics 1
NUR 611 Leadership Seminar and Practicum I (120 hours & online seminar; second seven weeks) 1 2
 Credits6
Spring Semester
HM 664 Financial Management in Health Care Organizations (first seven weeks) 3
NUR 613 Leadership Seminar & Practicum II (second seven weeks) 1 2
 Credits5
Summer Semester
NUR 610 Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry in Nursing (10 weeks) 3
NUR 610PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar I 1
NUR 615 Leadership Seminar & Practicum III (10 weeks) 2 2
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall Semester
NUR 516 Health Policy and Organizational Systems 3
NUR 612 Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 612PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar II 1
 Credits7
Spring Semester
NUR 617 Leadership Fellowship I (includes two-day residency) 1 2
STC 513 Health and Strategic Communications 3
 Credits5
Summer Semester
NUR 619 Leadership Fellowship II 1 2
Complete as needed to secure sufficient clinical hours: 0-2
NUR 621
Post-Master's Additional Graduate Clinical 3  
 Credits2-4
 Total Credits31-33
1

 120 hours & online seminar

2

 120 hours practicum & online seminar

3

 120 hours practicum

Post-bachelor’s to DNP: Nurse Anesthesia

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Summer SemesterCredits
PY 501 Human Physiology 4
NUR 517 Anatomy for the Nurse Anesthetist 2
NUR 517L Human Anatomy for the Nurse Anesthetist Lab 1
NUR 602 Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
NUR 698 Advanced Human Physiology Seminar 1
 Credits9
Fall Semester
NUR 500 Biostatistics 1
NUR 516 Health Policy and Organizational Systems 1 3
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I 3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment I Lab 2
NUR 696 Advanced Pharmacology and Basic Principles of Anesthesia I 4
NUR 696L Advanced Pharmacology and Basic Principles of Anesthesia I Lab 1
 Credits14
Spring Semester
NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Practice 1 3
NUR 670 Basic Principles of Anesthesia II 3
NUR 670L Basic Principles of Anesthesia Lab 1
NUR 671 Clinical Practicum I 1
NUR 672 Advanced Pharmacology II 3
NUR 674 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice I 1
 Credits12
Second Year
Summer Semester
NUR 673 Clinical Practicum II (3-4 days/week) 1
NUR 680 Physics and Chemistry for the Nurse Anesthetist 4
 Credits5
Fall Semester
BMS 518 Pathophysiology 3
NUR 675 Clinical Practicum III (3-4 days/week) 2
NUR 676 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice II 1
NUR 682 Advanced Principles of Anesthetic Practice I 2
 Credits8
Spring Semester
NUR 677 Clinical Practicum IV 2
NUR 684 Advanced Principles of Anesthetic Practice II 3
NUR 688 Human Factors and Patient Safety 3
 Credits8
Third Year
Summer Semester
NUR 610 Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry in Nursing 3
NUR 610PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar I 1
NUR 679 Clinical Practicum V (4 days) 2
NUR 686 Advanced Principles of Anesthetic Practice III 1
 Credits7
Fall Semester
NUR 612 Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 612PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar II 1
NUR 681 Clinical Practicum VI (4 days) 2
NUR 690 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia IV 2
 Credits8
Spring Semester
NUR 678 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice III 1
NUR 683 Clinical Practicum VII (3–4 days) 2
NUR 694 Oral Comprehensive Exams 2
 Credits5
 Total Credits76
1

online or on-campus (space-available basis)

Pre-req for entrance: Undergrad A&P with labs (8 credits), Chemistry: Inorganic and Organic (8 credits) Microbiology (3–4 credits) Pharmacology (3–4 credits), statistics (3 credits).

Oral comprehensives: Pharmacology, A&P, Pathophysiology, Advanced principles of Anesthesia

Clinical Practicum—5 semesters—approx.. hours 1800–2000.

Post-master’s DNP: Nurse Anesthesia

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
NUR 500 Biostatistics 1
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I 1 3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment I Lab 1 2
NUR 685 Clinical Practicum for Post-Master's I 1
 Credits7
Spring Semester
NUR 687 Clinical Practicum for Post-Master's II 1
NUR 688 Human Factors and Patient Safety 3
 Credits4
Summer Semester
NUR 602 Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
NUR 689 Clinical Practicum/Patient Safety Seminar for Post-Master's III 2
 Credits3
Second Year
Fall Semester
NUR 516 Health Policy and Organizational Systems 3
NUR 691 Clinical Practicum/Patient Safety Seminar for Post-Master's IV 2
 Credits5
Spring Semester
NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 693 Clinical Practicum/Patient Safety Seminar for Post-Master's V 2
 Credits5
Summer Semester
NUR 610 Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry in Nursing 3
NUR 610PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar I 1
 Credits4
Third Year
Fall Semester
NUR 612 Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 612PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar II 1
 Credits4
Spring Semester
NUR 678 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice III 1
NUR 692 Clinical Case Study Presentation 1
 Credits2
 Total Credits34
1

 May be waived if student took in the nurse anesthesia program

Admissions Requirements

Application Start Date


Begins only in the fall semester: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner & Family Nurse Practitioner tracks.

Begins only in the summer semester:  Post-Bachelor's Nurse Anesthesia track.
The programs are on a rolling admission schedule. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible.

Application Deadlines


Fall start program applications are accepted on a rolling basis up until May 1.   
Post-Bachelor's Nurse Anesthesia applications are accepted on a rolling basis up until Oct. 15.

When all application materials are received, an interview with the graduate nursing program director and/or member of the faculty will be arranged for eligible candidates. All required courses must be completed by the application deadline. Interviews will only be granted to those with completed applications.

Admission Requirements for the Adult-Gerontology and Family Nurse Practitioner Tracks


An applicant to the doctor of nursing or master of science in nursing program must be a registered nurse or NCLEX eligible nurse and have a bachelor's degree in nursing or another field. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is required.

Required Documents


  • Application: Complete the information required on the application form.
  • Fee: You will be asked to include a non-refundable application fee of $45 by credit or debit card when submitting your application. Do not send cash or check.
  • Official Transcripts: It is your responsibility to request official transcripts from ALL undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended (including part-time and summer study). If you received transfer credit from another institution, it is still necessary to have an official transcript sent from the original university. These transcripts must be provided to Quinnipiac University in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to graduate@quinnipiac.edu
  • Letters of Recommendation: You must have two professional references from persons with authority to evaluate your professional ability, submitted on your behalf.  You will be required to enter your recommenders' contact information on the application.  
  • Letter of Intent:  You will be required to upload a letter of intent that should address the following:
    • 1. professional goals and motivations;
    • 2. a nursing experience that has influenced or shaped your practice
    • 3. a health care problem that interests you.
  • Resume: You will be asked to include an up-to-date resume. 
  • Nursing License: You are required to have a valid CT nursing license prior to the start of your program. Your application will still receive full consideration if your license is pending at the time of submission. The NCLEX-RN exam must be completed piror to Aug. 1. You will be able to upload your nursing license when completing your application or from your student portal after submitting your application.
  • English ProficiencyTOEFL or IELTS Exam scores are required if you are an applicant from a non-English speaking country. 

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