Nursing, B.S. to DNP (Post-Bachelor's)

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 B.S. to DNP graduates are passionate providers prepared to be at the forefront of innovation. Join a knowledgeable and value-driven community dedicated to improving healthcare 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 healthcare 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

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

To get started, please submit:

  • Completed application available at
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all institutions (degree conferring and non-degree conferring); must meet 3 of the 5 following criteria for the rest of the application to be considered:
    • B- or better in all nursing and math courses
    • C or better in all other courses
    • No repeated courses
    • No withdrawals
    • Completed original plan of study on time
  • Three letters of recommendation: non-clinical faculty; clinical faculty; and employer
  • Program essay: How will a DNP degree from USJ help you meet your professional goals?
  • Nursing supplemental health form
  • Copy of valid nursing license on admission
  • Background check (not required for admission)
  • On-campus interview
  • Visit to register for upcoming events

How Do USJ Students Carry on the Florence Nightingale Legacy?

By striving my best, using evidence based practices in my work, and always brainstorming ways in which healthcare can be improved.

– Jessica Karwowski, USJ Nursing Student

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    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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