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Graduate & Professional | Hybrid

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Post-Masters DNP

Further your education and enhance your career through the post-masters DNP program and influence systems-level change. DNP students engage in practice and scholarship to improve population health.

Why choose a Doctor of Nursing Practice? 

Belmont University’s post-master Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program elevates master’s prepared registered nurses to the next level in leadership, advocacy, and scholarship.

Students are guaranteed DNP project placement sites in Nashville and across Middle Tennessee. Students can also work with their networks to arrange their own experiences.

The Belmont DNP meets the professional standards for the practice doctorate (DNP Essentials) developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The program is offered in a hybrid format with classes held four weekends each semester (Friday evening & Saturday), supplemented by online coursework to provide flexibility for working students.

The Inman College of Nursing is committed to whole-person formation through an integrated approach to health and well-being.

What You'll Learn 

NLN Center for Nursing Excellence in Nursing EducationBelmont University’s DNP program prepares nurses for advanced practice as clinicians and scholars dedicated to improving population health. Students graduate skilled in the measurement of outcomes, education of diverse populations, leadership in health policy development and implementation, translation of evidence into clinical practice, and advocacy for safe and quality care within complex health care delivery systems.

As a graduate of Belmont’s DNP program, you will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge from nursing, biophysical, social, analytical, and organizational sciences to develop and transform advanced practice nursing.
  • Translate nursing, biophysical, social, analytical, and organizational knowledge to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  • Manage increasingly complex healthcare system demands by incorporating knowledge of current and emerging health technologies.
  • Provide leadership and advocacy for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in health care.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate effective and sustainable educational programs for varying populations.
  • Demonstrate intra- and inter-professional collaboration to improve healthcare quality and outcomes across diverse populations and to address health disparities
Doctorate Nursing graduates in their graduate robes

Career Possibilities

A DNP is a terminal professional nursing degree that offers numerous career opportunities.

  • Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) improve outcomes for patients and populations. Doctoral-prepared FNPs focus on system-level changes that promote optimal health, well-being, and health equity across populations.
  • Nurse Educators lead healthcare as faculty, deans, and administrators in universities and colleges. They train nursing staff in hospitals and community settings and conduct educational health missions in the United States and globally.
  • Nurse Leaders advance healthcare through innovation and system transformation. They work as chief nursing officers, patient care directors, nursing directors, and health care lobbyists.

50 Years of Nursing Excellence

Program Details

All Belmont DNP degree students complete a core curriculum. Examples of core courses include:

  • NUR 5710 Clinical Information Systems
  • NUR 6220 Health Care Policy
  • NUR 6100 Population Health and Epidemiology
  • NUR 6210 Leadership & Management of Organizations & Systems
  • NUR 6240 Health Care Education of Diverse Populations

All DNP students engage in clinical research and scholarship projects that seek to discover innovative quality improvement solutions and system-level strategies to address social determinants of health and reduce care disparities.

View all course requirements in the Graduate Catalog

Upon admission, the program director reviews masters program coursework and completes a gap analysis for each student to determine individual course requirements. Reach out to gradnursing@belmont.edu for further details.

In the spirit of the Belmont University Mission to develop diverse leaders of purpose, character, wisdom and transformational mindset, eager and equipped to make the world a better place, we want to extend a warm welcome to you and introduce you to our program.

As a Belmont University Nursing Student, you will join a community of scholars and leaders committed to improving healthcare and enhancing patient outcomes. You will think critically about patient care, collaborate in interdisciplinary teams and engage in clinical reasoning. You will improve the lives of patients and communities in underserved and underrepresented populations. As a Belmont Nurse, you will make the world a better place.

We look forward to supporting your journey and welcoming you to the most trusted profession in the world.

Dr. Julie Honey, DNP, APRN, FNP, PNP-PC
Dean of Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of Nursing

  • All Belmont DNP students complete a signature experience – a dynamic blend of didactic and experiential service learning that nurtures professional identity and skill development through exposure to the cultural and psychosocial dimensions of population health.
  • Students will practice cultural humility, leadership, shared decision-making, and systems analysis to participate in quality improvement that promotes health by building long-term capacity.
  • DNP students will participate in interprofessional teams to explore multifaceted practice and systems issues by applying best practices in community engagement and evidence-based health promotion.
  • DNP students may choose to participate in local and global service and learning opportunities throughout the program of study.

Belmont’s Inman College of Nursing receives applicants for admission and most applicant credentials for graduate nursing programs exclusively through the Nursing Central Application Service (Nursing CAS). Applications are considered on a rolling basis until all spaces in the entering class are each program are filled.

Candidates are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible. Selected candidates will complete an interview with members of the graduate nursing faculty.

  • Have earned a Master's degree in the field of nursing (MSN) from a nationally accredited nursing program or a Master's degree in a health-related field. This includes (but is not limited to) an MPH, MHI, MHA, or MBA.
  • A minimum 3.5 GPA is preferred.
  • Applicants who are advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist) will typically hold current national certification.
  • Submit a completed application file (per the Application Steps below). Applications will be received until a class is filled and will be open until June 1 for fall entry. Candidates are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible.

Application Steps

The College of Nursing receives applications for admission and most applicant credentials exclusively through the Nursing Central Application Service (NursingCAS), provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Applicants must submit a separate supplemental application and fee directly to Belmont.

The application steps are as follows:

  1. Click the “Apply” link at www.nursingcas.org
  2. Create an account and login to your secure NursingCAS online application. When creating your account, be sure to click “Yes” to the question, “Are you applying to a graduate level program in nursing?
  3. When logged in, complete all “Required” items on the Application Checklist as directed by NursingCAS.
  4. In addition, Belmont University College of Nursing requires the following items also be submitted through NursingCAS (these items are indicated as “Optional” in NursingCAS):
    1. In the Professional Experience Section, submit information for all nursing certifications including such as a nurse practitioner by selecting “Certifications” from the drop-down menu and completing information requested.
    2. In the References Section, submit two (2) letters of recommendation.
    3. In the Personal Statement Section, complete an essay that addresses your professional goals, identification of a topic for your scholarly project should you be admitted to the DNP program, and potential location(s) for project implementation.
  5. Be sure to designate Belmont University in the Designations Section of the application and to link your Belmont essay. NursingCAS charges $65 for your application to be sent to the first program designation and $35 for each additional designation.
  6. In addition to the NursingCAS application, Belmont University requires a supplemental application and fee ($50). The supplement must currently be submitted in paper form and can be printed from the pdf. Please send the completed supplemental application and $50 fee to Belmont University, Office of Admissions, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212-3757 or fax to 615-460-5434.
  7. Following a preliminary review of the completed application file, the Admissions Committee will invite selected applicants to interview prior to final admission decisions.

Post-Admission Requirements

Following acceptance, you will complete the requirements below to register for courses.

  • $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit by a specific deadline after acceptance, applied to your first semester’s tuition
  • Final official transcript of coursework that was in progress at the time of your application (sent directly to Belmont)
  • Documentation of licensure or certification information, as requested
  • A background check, as directed by the School of Nursing, with favorable results
  • Required immunizations
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
  • Program Orientation

If these requirements are not satisfied, admission to the program may be rescinded.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • International applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official TOEFL scores (minimum of 550 PBT or 80 iBT) or by successful completion of ELS Language Center Level 112.
  • International applicants with college-level coursework from foreign institutions must have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services or Joseph Silny & Associates.
  • To be issued an I-20 for the desired entry term, international applicants must be admitted by June 1 to begin enrollment in the fall.

The Belmont Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) offers loan forgiveness for DNP graduates who commit to either nursing faculty or full-time preceptor role after graduation. Ask us more about this opportunity!

CCNE Accredited LogoThe Baccalaureate, Post-graduate APRN and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Belmont University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

Belmont University College of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National League for Nursing and the Southern Council of Collegiate Education for Nursing. The program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Belmont University College of Nursing is designated as a NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

In addition, the College of Nursing holds the charter for the Omicron Phi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

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Alumni Testimonials

Jeneth Aquino

"... It is the personalized approach that you will never get in any online education is what makes Belmont unique. The Belmont faculty will always be a part of my nursing journey wherever this career will take me."

Jeneth Aquino, Class of 2010
Nurse Practitioner, Vanderbilt Interventional Radiology Department

Shelby Pawlowski

Shelby Pawlowski '21 | Murfreesboro Medical Clinic

"Belmont’s Graduate Nursing Program provided me with a rich learning experience that fostered my growth both academically and personally. The small cohorts and in-person academic experience were my favorite aspects of the program allowing for the formation of authentic relations and meaningful discussions."

 Shelby Pawlowski, Class of 2021
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic

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