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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Program entry points: 2
  • Post-baccalaureate options: 5
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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

You may enroll in Fisher’s doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program as a holder of either a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in nursing.

If you seek post-master's admission to the program, you must have an advanced-practice specialization as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified registered nurse anesthetist, or certified nurse midwife. Becoming a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist is part of your studies should you follow the post-baccalaureate track.

The DNP program’s accelerated weekend format provides both full- and part-time options for study. The program can be completed in two years of full-time study on the post-graduate track, while you should be willing to commit to at least 3.5 years if you are traveling the post-baccalaureate path full-time.

Program Overview

The format of the DNP program includes blended hybrid courses and the use of simulation, case studies, and seminars.

In the post-master's track, you will complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of coursework. If you are coming to the program with a bachelor’s-level degree in nursing, you are required to complete 83-93 credit hours to obtain your DNP.

In addition, whether you choose the post-master's or post-baccalaureate option, you will be expected to complete 1,000 hours of clinical practice.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the graduate will be prepared to:

  • Implement and evaluate clinical practice based on scientific knowledge.
  • Assume advanced practice nursing roles as an expert clinician.
  • Demonstrate advanced leadership skills necessary to meet the challenges of increasingly complex health care organizations.
  • Demonstrate analytical methodologies for the evaluation of clinical practice and the application of scientific evidence to improve professional practice.
  • Apply clinical scholarship methodologies for organizational quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and health care outcomes.
  • Use advanced skills to design, develop, and implement the use of contemporary technological information systems.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the analysis, formulation, and implementation of health care policy.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams necessary to meet health care needs of individuals and populations.
  • Apply ethical theories, legal and practice standards, and advocacy to decision-making in health care issues.
  • Apply population-based methodologies for health promotion and disease-prevention in advanced practice.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program continues the values-based educational mission and tradition of the College through the preparation of advanced practice nurses who will provide expert patient care, assume health care leadership roles, and evolve advanced nursing practice in response to society's changing needs. ”


Dianne Cooney Miner
  • Dianne Cooney Miner
  • Dean, Wegmans School of Nursing