The terminal degree type within the field of nursing is the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The DNP degree is considered ‘terminal' since it's the highest ranking degree type within nursing field. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree provides the academic and clinical experience required to earn national certification as a nurse practitioner (AGNP, FNP). DNP-prepared nurses who specialize in the executive leader track have a number of opportunities for organizational roles in healthcare companies.

The University of Vermont College of Nursing BSN to DNP program includes 69.5-76 credits of coursework and 750-820 clinical hours, as well as 240 practicum hours associated with the DNP project.

Core competencies students are expected to master during their time at the University of Vermont will include:

  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Scientific underpinning for practice
  • Advanced pharmacology
  • Advanced physiology and pathophysiology
  • Organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking
  • Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
  • Information systems/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care
  • Inter-professional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes
  • Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation's health
  • Healthcare policy
  • Population-specific studies

Choosing a DNP Program

Prospective students should always research any potential DNP program thoroughly. Some key elements to consider include the following.

What to Consider When Choosing a DNP Program

  • Program CostUniversity of Vermont is the only institution in the state of Vermont which offers a DNP program.
    • Vermont residents will pay $664 per unit hour
    • Out-of-state residents will pay $1,130 per unit hour
  • Online Options— The University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers students a hybrid model with some online courses and some on-campus courses.
  • Accreditation— DNP programs in the state of Vermont are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Clinical Residencies— Fellowships and residencies enhance a student's educational experience. The following is an example of an opportunity a student may find:
    • University of Vermont—Palliative Care APRN Fellowship for Advanced Practice Nurses and Clinical Nurse Fellowships

Admission & State Licensing or Certification Requirements


Admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing or bachelor’s degree in another field for the Direct Entry into Professional Nursing (DEPN), or associate degree in nursing with a baccalaureate degree in another field
  • Eligibility for licensure as an RN in Vermont
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • College grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completion of prerequisite courses
  • Practice experience preferred
  • Preferred minimum GRE scores: 144 Quantitative/500 on previous version, 153 Verbal/500 on previous version and 4.0 Writing. Applicants may retake the GRE and the highest score in each section will be counted


Vermont DNP programs permit successful students to sit for state board certification upon completion of programs. DNP tracks offered at universities in Vermont allow students to become certified in the vast majority of advanced practice nursing specialties.


In the state of Vermont, students who have completed their DNP program go on to be licensed by the Vermont Board of Nursing. Requirements for licensure will include, but may not be limited to:

  • Completing an application
  • Pass a background check
  • Passing a drug screen
  • Provide transcripts from all educational institutions
  • Submit verification of specialty certification
  • Complete fingerprinting

Vermont BSN to DNP Program Options

DNP opportunities exist for those who hold a BSN rather than an MSN, including the University of Vermont, Burlington's program.

Related Education Paths

Helpful DNP Agencies and Organizations in Vermont

List of Campus and Online DNP Programs in Vermont

Burlington, VT

The University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405
(802) 656-3131

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