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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Introduction

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.

Overview

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 tracks: care of populations and nursing leadership. The care of populations track delves into health care systems, organizational dynamics, and the role of providers in a population health management setting. The nursing leadership track 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 tracks:

  • Care of Populations
  • Nursing Leadership

Course Listing

Post-Master’s DNP: Care of Populations Program

HM 600Foundations of Health Care Management3
NUR 514Epidemiology and Population Health3
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 620Advanced Principles of Population-Based Health Care2
NUR 622Special Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 623Population Health Fellowship1
OL 601Foundations of Organizational Leadership3
STC 517Strategic Communication for Health Professionals3
Total Credits31

Curriculum Note:

NUR 612PBL (DNP Project II) is repeated for 1 credit each semester until the DNP Project is completed.

NUR 621 (Post-Master's Additional Graduate Clinical – 1-4 credits) is required if additional fieldwork credits are needed. Note: this course is mandatory for students who need hours to meet the 1,000-hour DNP program requirement.

A one-day, on-campus residency is required prior to graduation.

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.

Course Listing
Post-Master’s DNP: Nursing Leadership Program

HM 600Foundations of Health Care Management3
NUR 514Epidemiology and Population Health3
NUR 516Health Policy and Organizational Systems2
NUR 542Introduction to Health Care Finance1
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 Practice1
NUR 615Nursing Leadership Seminar and Fieldwork Experience: Safety and Legal Contexts of Health Care3
NUR 617Nursing Leadership Fellowship: Relationship Management and Strategic Leadership3
STC 517Strategic Communication for Health Professionals3
Total Credits30

Curriculum Note:

NUR 612PBL (DNP Project II) is repeated for 1 credit each semester until the DNP project is completed.

NUR 621 (Post-Master's Additional Graduate Clinical – 1-4 credits) is required if additional fieldwork credits are needed. Note: this course is mandatory for students who need hours to meet the 1,000-hour DNP program requirement.

A one-day, on-campus residency is required prior to graduation.

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.

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Accreditation

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.