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BSN to DNP Programs in Massachusetts

Multiple schools in Massachusetts offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice program for nurses who hold a BSN. Programs prepare graduates for work as advanced practice nurses, nurse leaders, and nurse educators. Read more about these programs below.

Boston College

Boston College has a DNP program with entry options for RNs without a bachelor's degree, those with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field, and an entry option for those who have a bachelor's degree or even an associate's degree in nursing. The BSN to DNP tracks take around three years and allow students to choose a concentration in adult-gerontology primary care, family health, pediatric primary care, women's health, or psychiatric/mental health.

College of Our Lady of the Elms

College of Our Lady of the Elms has a BSN to DNP program with two concentration options: adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGACNP) and family nurse practitioner (FNP). Both BSN to DNP programs take around three years to complete and include 1,000 hours of practice clinical work, a capstone project, and 80 credit hours of courses.

University of Massachusetts - Amherst

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has a DNP program available to those with a bachelor's degree in nursing with the following concentrations: family nurse practitioner, public health nurse leader, adult/gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. The BSN to DNP program is completed online and takes four to five years to complete.

University of Massachusetts - Boston

The University of Massachusetts at Boston offers a BSN to DNP program in which students earn an MS once 48 credit hours and 665 clinical hours have been completed. This accelerated program allows students to specialize in adult/gerontological nurse practitioner, adult/gerontological acute care clinical nurse specialist, or family nurse practitioner.

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth offers a BSN to DNP program with a specialization in either adult gerontology primary care or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. The adult gerontology track prepares students for transformative nursing careers working with adult populations, while the psychiatric mental health track prepares students for advanced practice roles working in psychiatric and mental healthcare.

University of Massachusetts Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester offers a BSN to DNP program with four specialization areas: psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, and family nurse practitioner. The BSN to DNP program typically takes students around three years to complete and consists of a blended curriculum with 75-78 credits.

School Name Programs Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
Boston College DNP $29,412
College of Our Lady of the Elms DNP $14,328
University of Massachusetts - Amherst DNP $13,606 in-state, $28,669 out-of-state
University of Massachusetts - Boston DNP $17,876 in-state, $34,932 out-of-state
University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth DNP $15,912 in-state, $28,716 out-of-state
University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester DNP $23,797 in-state, $35,313 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

BSN to DNP Career Paths

The career path of a DNP graduate depends greatly on the specialization that they choose. Some of these positions require additional licnesure or certification beyond that of a registered nurse as well.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical nurse specialists are advanced practice nurses who typically provide direct care to patients. Clinical nurse specialists may specialize in certain fields or populations such as pediatrics or psychiatric-mental health, and may work in leadership roles. These nurses may be responsible for examining patients, updating patient records, consulting with other healthcare providers, perform tests, analyze test results, and administer medications and treatments. While clinical nurse specialists typically need at least a master's degree, those who work in a research-conducting position usually need a doctoral degree, such as the DNP.

Nurse Midwife

Nurse midwives are advanced practice nurses who provide services to women such as family planning, gynecological exams, and deliveries. Nurse midwives can apply their DNP education as they provide assistant or primary care through examinations, treatments, operations, and research.

Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners (NPs), like nurse midwives, are advanced practice nurses. DNP programs prepare nurses for these roles through both instruction and clinical practice, with many programs providing a nurse-practitioner concentration. Nurse practitioners often work as primary care providers, providing a broad range of services such as consulting with patients, identifying and treating health concerns, and observing patients as they go through treatments to adjust them as needed. Nurse practitioners may specialize in working with certain populations such as pediatrics or adult-gerontology, and need at least a master's degree in a relevant nursing specialization area.

Postsecondary Teacher, Nursing

Nurses who hold a DNP may be qualified to teach at many postsecondary institutions, with many schools requiring educators to hold a doctoral degree in their field of instruction. Nursing teachers may teach in classrooms, lecture halls, or even online, as well as conduct and publish healthcare and nursing research. Nursing educators may be responsible for building a curriculum to meet course objectives, as well as advising and guiding students to learn course content. The extensive instruction within a DNP program may enable educators to better help their students with their own learning paths.

Job Title Median Salary (2018)* Estimated Job Growth (2018-2028)*
Clinical Nurse Specialist $71,730 (all RNs) 12% (for all RNs)
Nurse Midwife $103,770 16%
Nurse Practitioner $107,030 28%
Postsecondary Teacher, Nursing $73,490 20%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Current registered nurses who hold a BSN can attend one of several schools in Massachusetts to earn a DNP within three to five years. A DNP gives graduates an in-depth study of various advanced nursing topics and practices, which can be applied in a number of careers.