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Email: grad@sjfc.edu

DNP Admissions Events

There are no upcoming DNP admissions events scheduled at this time. Please contact Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8344 or grad@sjfc.edu for more information about the DNP program.


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 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

  • 79 credit hours (minimum)
  • Can be completed in 3 1/2 to 4 years
  • Classes meet every other weekend and occasionally one evening per week
  • 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 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 course
  • 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 Advanced Practice Nursing.

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
  • Writing sample in the form of a one-page essay outlining the reasons for applying to the DNP program and the student's short-term and long-term goals after finishing the DNP program
  • One professional writing sample of no more than five pages (i.e. position paper, program proposal, analysis of problem, excerpt from capstone)

Applicants who meet the above requirements will be required to:

  • Participate in a formal interview process
  • Provide an on-demand writing sample the day of the interview

Doctor of Nursing Practice

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8161 or grad@sjfc.edu.

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