University of Southern Maine: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Review
University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth Street, Portland, ME 04104.
The University of South Maine is based in Portland, Maine and offers bachelors through doctoral programs and certificates. The university was founded in 1878 and has additional campuses in Gorham and Lewiston. The University of Southern Maine is part of the University of Maine system.
Currently, the University of Maine offers a DNP program for masters prepared nurses with an advanced practice certification such as Nurse Practitioner (NP), Nurse Midwife (CNM), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Nurse Anesthetist (CNA). Students in the DNP program are prepared for a career in advanced practice and must accumulate a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical nursing practice (including hours from MSN) to earn the DNP.
Admission requirements for the DNP include an MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. A minimum GPA of 3.35 is required in the masters program for students to earn admission to the doctoral program. A satisfactory exam score for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is also required. A prerequisite course in statistics should have been completed within the past five years. The 43 credit DNP program can be completed in three years of full time study.