College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Transform nursing practice and education with our online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree prepares nurses at the highest level of nursing education, providing the knowledge and skills to transform practice.
Our 30-credit program is fully online, and you can begin study in either the fall or spring semester. The program is designed to enable working nurses to complete their degrees while continuing full-time employment. 

Quick Facts

About the Program

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The DNP is a 30-credit fully online program that prepares nurses to assume leadership roles in healthcare organizations or contribute to educating future practitioners. Courses are offered in 7-week sessions during a 14-week semester. This format allows you to advance through the program while continuing full-time employment.

The complex nature of modern healthcare systems requires practitioners and leaders who not only have a deep understanding of clinical practice but also have broader knowledge of other factors, such as finance and operations, to impact health outcomes. Our interdisciplinary curriculum will give you a strong foundation to be an effective team leader and work with others across health systems.

The DNP program includes at least 500 hours of practicum experiences that integrate classroom learning, promote innovative thinking as an advanced practitioner, and develop new solutions for clinical and/or system practice issues.

DNP students will also complete a scholarly project that aims to improve practice, affording students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills related to scholarship, leadership and teamwork – all essential competencies for nurses in advanced leadership or educational roles.

UHart Benefits

  • Learn in an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes management courses in partnership with UHart’s Barney School of Business. The Princeton Review has ranked the Barney School of Business on its list of Best Business Schools for 16 consecutive years.

  • Become eligible to sit for the Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or Project Management Professional (PMP) exam, giving you an edge for executive leadership roles.

  • Convenient fully online format.

  • Competitive tuition compared to other area DNP programs.


The DNP is a 30-credit program. Most students will enroll in 6 credits each fall, spring, and summer.

  • NUR 700 – Knowledge for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • NUR 701 – Population Health (3 credits)
  • NUR 702 – Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development (3 credits)
  • NUR 703 – Quality and Safety in Health Care Practice (3 credits)
  • NUR 704 – Scholarship for the Nursing Discipline I (3 credits)
  • NUR 705 - Scholarship for the Nursing Discipline II (3 credits)
  • NUR 706 – Systems-Based Practice (3 credits)
  • MGT 607 – Managing Organizational Processes (3 credits)
  • MGT 700 – Innovation and Project Management (3 credits)
  • MGT 719 – Advanced Project Management (3 credits)


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Applications are accepted for either a fall or spring semester start. The program will begin in Fall 2022.


  • M.S. in Nursing from an accredited institution and accredited nursing program, with a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended indicating completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing.
  • A copy of your current licensure as a registered nurse without restrictions in the state in which you reside.
  • A telephone or virtual interview with the Program Director.
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably one from an academic source and one from a current employer.
  • Statement of goals and purpose of pursuing the DNP.

Additional Information

  1. Incorporate scholarship, research, and analytic methods to lead evidence-based practice change and continuous quality improvement.
  2. Foster interprofessional collaborations to improve health outcomes and quality of healthcare for diverse populations.
  3. Synthesize advanced theoretical concepts from nursing and other scientific disciplines to support organizational and system leadership strategies.
  4. Appraise critical healthcare legislation using knowledge of health policy to facilitate advocacy initiatives, social justice and ethical care.
  5. Incorporate process improvement methods to improve the quality and safety of care delivery.


Tuition for the DNP program beginning in the Fall 2022 semester.

Per Credit Rate
Doctor of Nursing Practice $1,000

Program Contacts

Department of Nursing

Graduate Admissions Office


ccne.jpgThe Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Hartford is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted. Information about the accreditation process is available at CCNE.