PM-DNP Entry Option 2: Adding a New Specialty

Course Delivery

The PM-DNP program is designed for the working APRN.  Students take 1 course for nine 8 week sessions and 2 courses for one 8 week session. The program is completed in 10 sessions and students may need to reduce work hours to accommodate completion of the clinical scholarly project (510 residency hours) and/or specialty clinical practicum (510 hours).

The Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions program blends three instructional strategies to produce an engaged learning curriculum. The first strategy is Immersion: our programs include face-to-face meetings conducted at the Irvine campus or regional locations in 3-4 day sessions. Immersion sessions are conducted 3-4 times during the program: at the beginning, middle and at the end of the program. During these immersion sessions, students may receive orientation instruction, learn advanced practice clinical skills, work as teams with peers and mentors and participate in demonstrations, simulation exercises, assessments and/or evaluations. The second strategy is practicum experience: our programs include clinical scholarly project clinical residencies and clinical practicum experiences conducted where the student lives or works. The third strategy is self-directed study: courses include online lectures, discussions, social networking, demonstrations, tutorials, readings, and/or other homework.  Many courses may include additional real-time instruction via web conference, phone conference, and/or live chat sessions.

Upon admission to the PM-DNP program, students who desire to add a specialty are required to submit a petition via their academic advisor by the end of the first enrolled session in order to create an individualized education plan.  Upon receipt of the petition, the Program Director will be notified and the student will be interviewed for admission to the specialty. If awarded admission, the academic advisor will create an individual education plan based on the required specialty courses and additional courses determined as needed by the gap analysis. 

National certifying bodies require that all students applying for a new specialty must successfully complete 4 courses:

  1. Advanced Lifespan Physical Assessment
  2. Advanced Lifespan Pathophysiology
  3. Advanced Lifespan Pharmacology Courses
  4. Nurse Practitioner Role Course

Students are required to earn 3 credits in each of the 4 core courses to meet degree conferral eligibility and to sit for national certification exams.  If a student has earned only 2 credits in an approved transfer course, an additional credit may be taken at University of Massachusetts Global to meet the minimum credit requirements for the degree. For students who have not taken these courses as part of their MSN, these courses will be included on the student’s education plan.  Upon completion of the DNP, including all courses required for the additional specialty, the student will be eligible to take the national certification exam for his or her chosen specialty offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) and/or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) to apply for licensure as an APRN in the state where they plan to practice.

Attendance: Students may be dismissed from the program at the Dean’s discretion due to absence from required meetings.

Admission to the Program

Admission into the PM-DNP is twice a year in August (Fall 1) and January (Spring 1).

2022-2023 Application Deadlines

  • Final application deadline for Fall 1, 2022 admission is June 15, 2022.
  • Final application deadline for the Spring 1, 2023 admission is October 15, 2022.

2023-2024 Application Deadlines

  • Final application deadline for Fall 1, 2023 admission is June 15, 2023.
  • Final application deadline for the Spring 1, 2024 admission is October 15, 2023.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete a Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions application available online at https://www.umassglobal.edu/nursing-health-professions.
  2. Master of Science Degree in Nursing from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredited program with Advanced Practice Specialty (Nurse Practitioner [NP] or Clinical Nurse Specialist [CNS]).
  3. National certification as an APRN or CNS.
  4. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted.
  5. Current and detailed resume or curriculum vita.
  6. Self-evaluation and goal statement.
  7. Three on-line forms (preferred) or letters of recommendation.
  8. Unencumbered RN license in the state where you plan to do your clinical hours.
  9. Unencumbered APRN license in the state where you plan to do your clinical hours.
  10. Unencumbered APRN license is not required of CNS or other APRN if license is not required by their state to practice, or if in the process of taking national certification exam in specialty.
  11. Personal interview with Program Director.

CastleBranch Requirements 

All requirements are due by the end of the first session and are required to stay in compliance (current and updated) throughout your program. All proof/documentation must be on file within 6 months prior to the start of clinical practicum and/or hours. Students who do not start their specialty clinical practicum and/or CSP residency hours due to incomplete CastleBranch requirements will require a modified education plan, which may result in a program completion delay for up to two years.

Immunization and Health Screening Requirements:

  • Proof of annual negative Tuberculosis (TB) screening:
    • TB blood test (IGRA) OR
    • Negative chest x-ray accompanied by a signed provider negative symptom checklist. 
  • Proof of completion of Hepatitis A and B immunization series or titer demonstrating immunity.
  • Proof of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) immunization or titer demonstrating immunity.
  • Proof of one Tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis (Tdap) immunization (after 19 years of age) and boosters per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s adult vaccination schedule.
  • Proof of Chicken Pox (Varicella) immunization or titer demonstrating immunity.
  • Proof of annual influenza immunization.
  • Proof of completion of COVID-19 immunization.
  • Additional laboratory tests, immunizations, and/or documentation may be required for specific practicum sites.

Additional Requirements:

  • Annual Background Clearance.
  • Annual Proof of negative drug screen.
  • Annual CastleBranch Elearning (HIPAA/OSHA trainings)
  • Copy of current CPR “Level C” Certification (Healthcare Provider) that will not be expiring in the next 12 months.
  • Proof of unencumbered RN license
  • Proof of STUDENT Liability Insurance (1mil/3mil)
  • Any additional laboratory tests, immunizations, and/or documentation required by specific RN-BSN clinical practicum or residency sites (e.g., proof of physical examination, proof of health insurance, etc).

Catalog Year

Students admitted to the Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions are admitted to the catalog year that is in effect the date when they begin the program (either Fall I, Spring I).

Transfer of Coursework

University of Massachusetts Global awards a maximum of 40 semester credits as a block transfer from a regionally accredited MSN program toward the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree. Credits transferred as a block credit from the MSN may be transferred regardless of the year the courses for the degree were taken, which supersedes the University’s seven-year rule limitation. 

Degree Requirements for the Post Master's to Doctor of Nursing Practice Entry Option 2: Adding a New Specialty

To be awarded the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree, students may transfer 500 clinical hours and a maximum of 40 credit hours from the MSN degree.  Students must take all 33 credit hours in residence, which includes 510 clinical residency hours for the clinical scholarly project, at University of Massachusetts Global.  This program is designed to follow the guidelines and DNP essentials as set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2006) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (2013; 2014). All courses must be passed with a grade of “B-” or higher.   Clinical practicum and residency courses are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis; a Pass is equivalent to a “B-” grade.

PM-DNP adding a Specialty Core Course
DNPU 700Healthcare Policy, Organization and Delivery3
DNPU 701Biostatistics for Clinical Practice *3
DNPU 702Innovations in Technology and Information Access3
DNPU 703Leading through Innovation3
DNPU 704Evidence-Based Thinking for DNP-Prepared APRN Scholarship and Practice *3
DNPU 705Health Communication3
DNPU 706Transforming Health Care through Outcomes Management3
DNPU 708Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project **3
DNPU 710Seminar in Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice3
DNPU 711Clinical Residency for DNP Clinical Scholarly Project for BSN-DNP & Post-Masters adding a Specialty (255 hours) 3
PM-DNP adding a Specialty Core Course Subtotal30
Transfer Credits from Master of Science Degree in Nursing
Transfer Credits40
Transfer Credits from Master of Science Degree in Nursing Subtotal40
Added Specialty
Complete a Specialty 27
Added Specialty Subtotal27
Total Credits97
*

Students in these courses are required to attend a face-to-face Immersion on the Irvine campus.

**

If a student does not complete his/her clinical scholarly project during the core course sessions, s/he will be enrolled in a DNPU 799 Independent Practicum for DNP CSP Completion (0 credits) and required to pay a Continuing Candidacy fee per session until the DNP CSP student receives a “P” in DNPU 708 Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project or until the student’s seven year program completion timeline has expired.

 Students adding a specialty take DNPU 711 Clinical Residency for DNP Clinical Scholarly Project for BSN-DNP & Post-Masters adding a Specialty in place of DNPU 707 Clinical Residency I for PM-DNP Clinical Scholarly Project or DNPU 709 Clinical Residency II for PM-DNP Clinical Scholarly Project to account for 255 clinical residency hours for the DNP CSP. 

A STUDENT MUST PETITION FOR THEIR SELECTED SPECIALTY AND COMPLETE AN ADMISSION INTERVIEW WITH THE NP SPECIALTY PROGRAM DIRECTOR BY THE END OF THEIR FIRST ENROLLED SESSION.  STUDENTS WHO DO NOT PETITION AND COMPLETE AN ADMISSION INTERVIEW WITH THE NP SPECIALTY PROGRAM DIRECTOR BY THE END OF THEIR FIRST ENROLLED SESSION WILL BE ENROLLED IN THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR SPECIALTY COURSES, which may result in a program completion delay for up to one year.

 
 
 
 

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Specialty Course

NURU 603Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan and Cultures3
NURU 605Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan3
NURU 606Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan3
NURU 610Synthesis of Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) Professional Role3
NURU 641Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan3
NURU 642Management in Lifespan Psychiatric and Mental Health Care *3
NURU 643Practicum in Psychotherapeutic Treatment Modalities (255 hours) *^^3
NURU 644Complex and Chronic Problems in Psychiatric and Mental Health Care *3
NURU 645Practicum for Complex and Chronic Problems in Psychiatric and Mental Health Care (255 hours) *^^3
Total Credits27
*

Students in these courses are required to attend a face-to-face Immersion on the Irvine campus.

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If a student does not complete the required 255 clinical hours during the initial specialty course clinical session/s (NURU 643 Practicum in Psychotherapeutic Treatment Modalities and NURU 645 Practicum for Complex and Chronic Problems in Psychiatric and Mental Health Care), s/he will be enrolled in a NURU 699 Independent Practicum for Clinical Hours completion (0 credits) and required to pay a Continuing Clinical fee, per each course and session, until the student receives a “P” in the specialty clinical course or until the student’s seven year program completion timeline has expired.

Family /Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Specialty Course       

NURU 603Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan and Cultures3
NURU 605Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan3
NURU 606Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan3
NURU 610Synthesis of Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) Professional Role3
NURU 671Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice3
NURU 672Management of Common and Acute Problems in Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Care *3
NURU 673Practicum in Common and Acute Problems in Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Care (255 hours) *^^3
NURU 674Management of Complex and Chronic Problems in Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Care *3
NURU 675Practicum in Complex and Chronic Problems in Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Care (255 hours) *^^3
Total Credits27
*

Students in these courses are required to attend a face-to-face Immersion on the Irvine campus.

^^

If a student does not complete the required 255 clinical hours during the initial specialty course clinical session/s (NURU 673 Practicum in Common and Acute Problems in Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Care and NURU 675 Practicum in Complex and Chronic Problems in Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Care) , s/he will be enrolled in a NURU 699 Independent Practicum for Clinical Hours completion (0 credits) and required to pay a Continuing Clinical fee, per each course and session, until the student receives a “P” in the specialty clinical course or until the student’s seven year program completion timeline has expired.