DNP Pathways to Entry

A CSON education prepares DNP students to become compassionate, evidence-based practitioners who are leaders in their fields and can initiate change within increasingly complex health care systems. Everything we offer — from our curriculum to student support — is grounded in Boston College’s commitment to social justice and an educational philosophy that values the intrinsic worth of every student and every patient.

Connell School graduates are:

  • Critical thinkers, with exceptional clinical judgment
  • Intellectually curious learners who use their knowledge in service to others
  • Ethically driven and thoughtful, inspired by Boston College’s Jesuit ideals
  • Devoted to individualized patient care in complex health care settings

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Pathways to Entry

On April 20, 2018, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) made the commitment to move all entry-level nurse practitioner education to the DNP degree by 2025. "It is simply a better way to make a nurse practitioner," says CSON Associate Dean Susan Kelly-Weeder, president-elect of NONPF. Learn more about the announcment and NONPF's commitment to the field of nursing here.

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As a Connell School student, you’ll work with faculty who are experts in their respective fields.