DNP students at RIC

Program Director
Assistant Professor Kara Misto

Advance your career with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Rhode Island College. The Master's-to-DNP program is designed for students who hold a B.S.N. and M.S.N. or a master's degree in a related field (ex., M.P.H., M.H.A., etc.).

Building on their skills and experience, the DNP program prepares graduates to effectively translate scientific research into practice, contribute new knowledge to current practice and advance the health-care profession. Graduates of the program are prepared to serve in clinical and administrative leadership positions at every level. 

DNP courses are delivered in a hybrid format. The typical plan of study allows for completion of coursework in three years. Full-time students may complete the program in two years; however, all students are required to have completed the program in seven years.


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Program Details

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is competitive. Ideal candidates demonstrate a history of academic success, strong leadership and potential for future success in leadership and practice scholarship. Applications are submitted online through CollegeNET and are available at

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Current unrestricted registered nurse licensure in the state of intended practice.
  3. An M.S.N. degree or a B.S.N. and master's degree in a related field.
  4. Attainment of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the graduate level.
  5. Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
  6. Completion of a graduate-level inferential statistics course within the past five years, with a minimum grade of C. Students who have not completed a graduate statistics course may be admitted to the program and may complete this requirement within one year of matriculation. Students may not progress beyond 12 months until this requirement is met. 
  7. Verification of the number of clinical/experience hours completed at the graduate level. Verification should be provided by the program director or chairperson on school letterhead.
  8. A statement of intent that demonstrates the candidate's leadership and practice experience, their reason for pursuing doctoral study and their potential area of focus for the DNP Scholarly Project. This statement should be representative of the applicant's writing ability. The statement should be two to four pages, double-spaced and written in 12-point font.
  9. A current résumé or curriculum vitae.
  10. Three letters of recommendation.
  11. Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview prior to admission.

    International Applicants
  12. Applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
  13. An official report of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from international applicants who are from countries where English is not the first language.
Non-Matriculated Students

Credits earned at Rhode Island College by a student in a non-matriculated status before admission to a degree program may be used toward degree requirements only upon the recommendation of the student’s advisor or the Zvart Onanian School of Nursing Graduate Committee, with the approval of the dean. No more than a total of 6 credits of courses taken at Rhode Island College by a non-matriculated student may be applied toward degree requirements for the DNP program.

    Retention Requirements

    1. All students are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 (grade of B) or greater in their graduate program.
    2. Students who earn less than a B, including a grade of U, in a required nursing course will be placed on probationary status.
    3. Students on probationary status must achieve a minimum grade of B in all required nursing courses over the next 9 credits.
    4. Two grades below a B are sufficient cause for consideration of dismissal. The decision regarding a student's status will be made by the DNP program director in consultation with the dean.
    5. Students may be required to repeat a course at the discretion of the DNP program director.

    Program/Learning Goals

    Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

    1. Integrate scientific knowledge from nursing and related disciplines as the basis for clinical practice and practice scholarship.
    2. Demonstrate leadership and systems thinking to design, implement, and evaluate innovative strategies to ensure quality, cost-effective health care for individuals and populations.
    3. Develop, analyze, implement, evaluate and disseminate evidence-based best practice and clinical scholarship.
    4. Impact the selection of and evaluate system, patient care and population-focused technologies to improve health outcomes.
    5. Influence health care policy and advocate for ethical policies, equity and social justice, access to quality, culturally relevant health care and elimination of health disparities.
    6. Lead interprofessional collaborative teams to improve individual, system and population-focused health outcomes.
    7. Implement and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention approaches and initiatives to improve individual and population health outcomes.
    8. Demonstrate advanced clinical judgment and systems thinking to impact health care at the individual, system and population level.

    By attaining doctoral level competencies in these areas, students are prepared to participate as full scholars in the effective translation of evidence into practice and achievement of optimal outcomes at the patient, population and system levels.