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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is an advanced practice clinical doctorate. The purpose of the program is to prepare the graduate as an expert clinician for direct or indirect care roles in advanced practice and clinical leadership.

The DNP program has two different entrance points: Post-Master's Degree Entry Level and Post-Baccalaureate Degree Entry Level.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

DNP Program Offerings

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-Master's)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post Baccalaureate) with the following options:
    • Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

All programs start each fall and spring (with the exception of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner which is fall only).

DNP Program Highlights

Post-Master's Degree Entry Level

  • 48 credit hours
  • Can be completed in 2 years
  • Classes meet every other weekend (Friday evenings/Saturdays)
  • Full-time and part-time options available

Post-Baccalaureate Degree Entry Level

  • 83 credit hours (minimum)
  • Can be completed in 3 1/2 to 4 years full time
  • Doctoral classes meet every other weekend and master's classes in the evenings during the week
  • Clinical courses require some weekday experiences
  • Full-time and part-time options available
  • Structured around working professionals

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post-Master's Degree Program is limited to qualified students who:

  • Have earned a 3.3 GPA in master's work
  • Have graduated from an accredited Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) program. An APN program is defined as nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified registered nurse anesthetist, or certified nurse midwife program
  • Have a NYS license as a registered nurse, NYS certificate as an advanced practice nurse, or eligibility and national professional certification in an APN specialty, if eligible
  • Have a minimum of one full-time post-master's year of clinical experience or equivalent prior to entering the DNP clinical courses
  • Currently are practicing as an APN

Please Note: Students interested in the Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post-Baccalaureate Degree Program should consult the admission criteria for the master's program in nursing.

DNP Application Process

Please submit the following:

Note: You can now submit recommendation letters online. Please refer to the Online Application for instructions.

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Current resume of no more than five pages
  • Copies of all professional licenses and certifications
  • Professional Education Statement

Please provide a comprehensive essay (no more than five pages) that describes:

  • Your reasons for applying to the DNP program
  • Your educational and professional goals, short and long term, and how the DNP program will help you reach these goals
  • How the degree will enhance your clinical practice
  • How you plan to accommodate the Program’s rigorous weekend curriculum, commuting and/or travel, all of your competing activities and doctoral study
  • The population that you would like to focus on for your DNP project and describe one clinical problem related to the population that your project will help address
  • How, as a doctorally-prepared advance practice nurse, you will contribute (e.g., through education, research, and practice) to enhance the health and quality of life for people of all cultures, economic levels, and geographic locations

Applicants who meet the above requirements will be required to:

  • Participate in a formal interview process
  • Complete a written case analysis

Doctor of Nursing Practice

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8064 or

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