New Jersey DNP Programs

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New Jersey DNP Programs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal level nursing degree that is focused on clinical practice. Currently, there are eight DNP programs in New Jersey. These programs aim to further the expertise of advanced practice and to prepare nurses for leadership roles in clinical practice, administration, and policy. The number of DNP programs in New Jersey is likely to grow in the years to come, as the AACN is pushing to move from the MSN to the DNP as the minimum degree level for advanced practice certification.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Each of the eight New Jersey programs offers a different curriculum, but there are many trends. Some programs, such as those developed by Monmouth University and Felician College, are for post-master's students only. Monmouth University has a 36 credit curriculum, while Felician College's consists of 46 credits. Other programs, such as that at Rutgers, offer entry-points for both post-BSN and post-MSN students. The total credit hours for the BSN to DNP pathway ranges from 60-71, depending on the track and specialty area chosen. The post-MSN program ranges from 30-43, depending on the track chosen. All students must complete a total of 1,000 supervised clinical hours post-BSN.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary between programs, but the following are common:

  • Bachelor's and/or Master's degree from an accredited
  • 3.0 GPA or higher (3.4 is required at Rutgers)
  • National advanced practice certification
  • Scholarly writing samples or portfolio
  • Three letters of recommendationCurrent resume
  • Evidence of unencumbered RN and/or APN license
  • Successful completion of accepted statistics and/or research course
  • Official transcripts from all attended colleges/universities
  • Goal statement or essay


Tuition varies by DNP program, and is subject to change. Currently, Felician College lists graduate tuition at $875 per credit. Graduate tuition at Monmouth University is listed at $963 per credit.

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Other Schools with DNP Programs in New Jersey

Rutgers the State University
303 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Saint Peter's College
2641 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Rutgers University
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
UMDNJ - School of Nursing
65 Bergen Street
Newark, NJ 07107
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
65 Bergen Street
Newark, NJ 07107
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

New Jersey Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (NJ)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most New Jersey DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

New Jersey DNP Degree Prerequisites

In New Jersey, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there are strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your New Jersey educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the New Jersey Board of Nursing to find out more about how New Jersey recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one New Jersey schools current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for New Jersey Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in New Jersey, more and more New Jersey higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in New Jersey to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, New Jersey nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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