Become a nursing leader.

You'll integrate nursing practice with study in ethics and the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and organizational sciences. Our students demonstrate leadership in organizations and health care systems. They promote safe and efficient care delivery to both individuals and populations.

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is carefully designed for experienced, advanced practice nurses and nurse leaders. With a strong focus on Professional Practice Leadership, our program develops nursing leaders who improve health care outcomes in clinical practice, research and management. We offer a blended learning format, allowing our students to fit course requirements around their schedules.

We have close relationships with world-renowned teaching hospitals and research facilities -- such as Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as well as community-based and international settings. Our experienced professors-of-practice are experts in the field and work to ensure that our students stay current on contemporary practices and procedures.

With aging populations and constant health care crises, our nurses are in high demand. You'll find success in every branch of medicine.

CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) Seal

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Simmons University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 (

Program Requirements


The DNP will prepare doctoral-level nursing clinicians for expert practice and leadership in clinical settings. All DNP students will enroll in core courses (27 credits) and complete a Capstone Project (6 credits).

Required Courses

  • NURS 620: Ethical/Legal Issues in Advanced Practice (3 credits)
  • NURS 630: Professional Leadership and Practice Change (3 credits)
  • NURS 640: Advanced Research Methods (3 credits)
  • NURS 650: Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • NURS 655: Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • NURS 660: Evidence-Based Practice: Informatics (3 credits)
  • NURS 670: Health Policy (3 credits)
  • NURS 675: Quality Improvement in Health Care (3 credits)
  • HCA-504: Health Care Economics
  • NURS 750A: Capstone Seminar I (2 credits)
  • NURS 750B: Capstone Seminar II (2 credits) 
  • NURS 750C: Capstone Seminar and Practicum III (2 credit)

Total: 33 Credits

Sample Full and Part-Time Course Sequences for the DNP Program

Customize Your Program
Our program is offered in a hybrid or blended learning format so you'll be able to fulfill the course requirements as they fit into your schedule. Onsite classes will be held two weekends per semester in a condensed and intensive residency format with the remaining course work online.
    • Judy Beal
    • Dean and Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2139
    • Office: S340B
    Susan Duty
    Rebecca Koeniger-Donohue
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    • Eileen McGee
    • Associate Professor of Practice of Nursing
    • Phone: 617-521-2527
    • Office: S308
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    • Patricia Rissmiller
    • Chair, Graduate Nursing Program and Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2133
    • Office: S342
    Shelley Strowman
    • Shelley Strowman
    • Associate Professor of Practice of Nursing
    • Phone: 617-521-2416
    • Office: S-332D
    Patricia White

Our DNP program will prepare students to:

  • Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and organizational sciences.
  • Demonstrate leadership in organizations and health care systems to promote safe and efficient care delivery to both individuals and populations.
  • Conduct practice-based research.
  • Utilize technology and informatics to improve health care and to implement change in health care systems.
  • Design, influence and implement health care policies that affect health care financing, practice regulation, access to care, safety, quality, and efficacy of care.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary professionals and teams to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  • Assume a leadership role in the design of evidence-based interventions that enhance clinical prevention and population health.

*Adapted from the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006)

Online Option

At Simmons, we also offer the opportunity for you to complete your DNP program online. Learn more about the Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

How to Apply

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