Gabrielle Berthiaume '20, DNP-FNP, looks at a blood pressure gauge while she assesses a patient.

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (online)

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The online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice prepares working nurses with the holistic skill set needed to transform health care and meet the growing needs of our aging population. Graduates leave with the expertise to make an immediate impact on patient safety and quality care standards within their current workplace and beyond.


Be an agent for change in nursing and health care as a whole

Our online DNP program prepares dynamic nurse leaders who are capable of meeting today’s growing health care needs within diverse communities. This unique online program equips working nurses with the advanced skill sets needed to expand their role as a trusted leader in health care. Graduates go on to serve as catalysts for elevating care, treatment and the overall experience of patients and their loved ones.

This program allows students to choose from two career-focused concentrations: care of populations and nursing leadership. The care of populations concentration delves into health care systems, organizational dynamics, and the role of providers in a population health management setting. The nursing leadership concentration explores the comprehensive role of a leader in managing policy, finances and legal contexts, as well as fostering a collaborative workplace environment.

This program was designed with working nurses in mind, and features minimal residency requirements. Courses are delivered online, allowing you to balance course work into your schedule as you see fit.

About Online Learning

Flexible scheduling meets world-class education

Online learning with Quinnipiac University delivers the guided educational experience of a traditional, instructor-led environment coupled with the schedule flexibility needed for adult learners to succeed. Innovative teaching methods and asynchronous classes enable students to work at their own pace, while also enjoying peer interaction and a collaborative learning experience to maximize their learning outcomes.

Alumni Spotlight: Ines Zemaitis, DNP `19

From DNP to CEO: Nurse empowered to open own practice

When the private practice she worked in for nearly a decade was taken over by a new healthcare group, nurse practitioner Ines Zemaitis, DNP `19, found herself at a crossroads. 

“I did not like how things changed when they took over,” she said. “Patients don’t want to be treated like numbers.”

Zemaitis quit her job and considered teaching full time, but opted instead to earn her nursing doctorate. She chose Quinnipiac’s DNP program for its philosophy on delivering holistic, patient-centered care.

“Our values matched,” Zemaitis said.

Even as she settled into life as a student, Zemaitis couldn’t resist the call of her profession. She began seeing patients again out of rented rooms in a colleague’s office. As her caseload increased, it became clear that she’d need her own space. 

Zemaitis smiling and walking on stage toward a woman holding her hood

Celebrating success

Ines Zemaitis receives her hood for upcoming commencement at the Quinnipiac University’s Graduate Nursing Recognition and Awards Ceremony.

In 2017, the mother of three and full-time doctoral student took a leap of faith and opened her own practice, Connecticut Primary Care and Wellness, PC, in Middlebury. 

“I’m still not quite sure how I did it,” she said, laughing.

Zemaitis was able to apply everything she was learning in courses about executive level leadership in the public health sector, from creating a business plan to managing staff and finances. 

“My assignments reflected what I was actually doing at the time,” Zemaitis said.

In addition to DNP, Zemaitis can add CEO to her list of titles. She organized her practice into a corporation, naming fellow nurse practitioners who share her vision to her board of directors.

“I believe that patient-focused care works best,” she said. “I remind my staff all the time that our patients chose us over many larger healthcare groups.”

Curriculum and Requirements

For students with a master’s degree in nursing or a related field, the two-year post-master’s doctoral program offers you the opportunity to advance your career goals in one of two online concentrations:

  • Care of Populations
  • Nursing Leadership

The Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program is for master's prepared nurses who want to further their skills in using evidence to change practice. In addition to the DNP core classes students select classes in a leadership or population health specialty as well as electives supporting their career goals. 480 hours of field experience related to the student's interest enhance learning.

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Course Listing
NUR 514Epidemiology and Population Health2
NUR 516Health Policy and Organizational Systems2
NUR 600Evaluation and Synthesis of Scientific Evidence for Practice2
NUR 602Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing1
NUR 610Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry in Nursing2
NUR 610PBLDNP Project I2
NUR 612Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care2
NUR 612PBLDNP Project II2
NUR 613Nursing Leadership Seminar: Applying Data to Practice2
NUR 614PBLDNP Project Continuation Course1
NUR 615Nursing Leadership Seminar and Fieldwork Experience: Safety and Legal Contexts of Health Care3
NUR 617Nursing Leadership Fellowship: Relationship Management and Strategic Leadership3
Total Credits24

Required: Choose one of the following series

Leadership courses:
NUR 613Nursing Leadership Seminar: Applying Data to Practice2
NUR 615Nursing Leadership Seminar and Fieldwork Experience: Safety and Legal Contexts of Health Care3
NUR 617Nursing Leadership Fellowship: Relationship Management and Strategic Leadership3
Care of Populations courses:
NUR 620Principles of Population-Based Health Care2
NUR 622Population Health: Factors Affecting Specific Populations3
NUR 623Global Population Health3

Curriculum Note:

Sample curriculum, 30 credits required.

Choose between a Care of Populations focus (NUR 620NUR 622 and NUR 623 required) or a Leadership focus (NUR 613NUR 615 and NUR 617 required).

The semester-by-semester Learning Pathway for this program is available in the School of Nursing.

The curriculum for this program is subject to modification as deemed necessary by the nursing faculty to provide students with the most meaningful educational experience and to remain current with professional standards and guidelines.

Additional course details
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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The bachelor of science in nursing program, the master of science in nursing program, and the doctor of nursing practice program at Quinnipiac University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001, 202-887-6791.