The UMass Boston BS-to-DNP program prepares BSN nurses to excel as leaders in health care as advanced practice nurses. Students will gain knowledge and competence in health promotion, disease prevention and management of complex diseases across the health-illness trajectory, and they will learn health systems leadership, quality improvement, policy development, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The BS-to-DNP program integrates and emphasizes our core urban mission by educating doctorally prepared advance practice nurses to provide equitable access to high-quality care for diverse underserved populations across the lifespan.
The BS-to-DNP students obtain an MS degree en route, after 48 credits and 665 clinical hours in their program of study. Students are encouraged to take the national certification examination as an advance practice nurse at the completion of the MS portion of the program. The DNP portion of the program is 30 credits.
The BS-to-DNP program prepares students in advance practice nursing in one of the population health tracks below:
- Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
The scope of knowledge addressed in the UMass Boston CNHS core and specialty courses reflects the student outcome competencies cited in The Essential of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) document, including
- Scientific underpinnings for practice
- Organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking
- Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
- Information systems/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care
- Health care policy for advocacy in health care
- Interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes
- Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health
- Advanced nursing practice