Nursing, DNP, (Post-Bachelor's) - Hybrid

Play a pivotal role in your patients’ lives as an advanced practice nurse

Take the first step toward a career as an advanced practice nurse, ranked a top 10 career by U.S. News & World Report.

USJ’s Nursing, DNP graduates are passionate providers prepared to be at the forefront of innovation. Join a knowledgeable and value-driven community dedicated to improving health care locally and globally.

Our practice-focused doctoral program prepares graduates to:

  • Assess, diagnose and treat individuals and families with complex, chronic, and/or co-morbid conditions
  • Apply fiscal principles and logical methodologies to health care system problems
  • Analyze epidemiological and statistical data for their implications related to individual and population health and the effects of health policies on patient care, populations, and the health care system
  • Lead nursing practices in a range of clinical settings using health promotion and population health approaches, inter-professional collaborative skills, clinical scholarship, evidence-based practice, cultural competencies, and ethical sensitivity to manage patient care

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Program Facts

  • On-campus coursework, with a hybrid class format
  • On-site clinical placements in Connecticut
  • Students select a track of study: Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • The program focus on clinical leadership for population & global health

The Nursing, DNP program is comprised of two tracks, students select a track upon admission:

DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Do you want to become a specialized health care leader integrated in a cohort of patients while using a community health perspective to improve the quality of care and outcomes? You’ll use the knowledge gained from this program to support your organization’s patients with evidence-based best practices to assess common health problems, information technology, and practicums in the care of families.

After successfully graduating from our online FNP program, you may sit for national certification from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

DNP – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Do you want to develop your knowledge and skills in the behavioral and biological disciplines and then apply your learning to the treatment of psychiatric disorders within individuals, families, and groups? With this program, you will be prepared to work in a variety of clinical settings with a full range of therapies to improve the quality of care for your patients throughout their life. Students will have access to practicums with psychiatric mental health providers in the community supervised by faculty.

After successfully graduating from our PMHNP program, you may sit for national certification as a lifespan PMHNP by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Program Outcomes

This degree program will provide you with a broad perspective that includes holistic health care for your patients including understanding how social and economic factors influence health outcomes.

  • Lead organizations and systems as a practice scholar through the application of quality improvement strategies, systems thinking, and information technology
  • Advance patient and population health outcomes through scholarship, advocacy, leadership, and communication/collaboration with multidisciplinary teams
  • Influence public policy to minimize health disparities and promote access to quality care
  • Apply scientific knowledge, evaluation methods, and quality improvement strategies to advance evidence-based clinical practice and improve health care systems and outcomes

Application Information

Submit an application, available at include:

  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Official sealed Bachelor of Science, Nursing transcript from a regionally and nationally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Two letters of recommendation: current employer and recent faculty are suggested
  • Essay: Discuss a practice problem in your field that, in your experience has a broad impact on patient care and outcomes; state professional goals for the next 5-10 years and explain how this degree will help you reach your goals.
  • Immunization records
  • Nursing supplemental health form
  • Certified background check
  • Copy of valid RN license
  • Resume or CV
  • On-campus interview


Yvonne Joy, DNP, APRN
Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of DNP and FNP programs
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 860.231.5258

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