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New York DNP Programs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal level nursing degree that focuses on clinical practice. New York is among more than 5 states with the most DNP programs in the country. Currently, there are 12 programs in this state. This number is likely to grow in the future, as the AACN is pushing to move from the MSN to the DNP as the minimum level of education for advanced practice.

New York DNP programs share a common mission. They aim to promote excellence in advanced practice nursing, and to prepare graduates to be leaders in the increasingly complex healthcare industry through clinical care, administration, and policy.

Admission criteria

There are many similarities in the admission criteria for New York DNP programs, though some are stricter than others. The following is commonly required of applicants:

  • Bachelor's and/or master's degree in nursing from accredited program
  • Satisfactory GRE scores
  • Statistics course within the past 5 years
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Unencumbered RN license
  • 1 year full-time professional nurse experience
  • Current advanced practice certification
  • Personal interview
  • Personal goal statement or essay
  • Current CV/Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • TOEFL for those who do not speak English as a first language

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

There is some variation between New York DNP programs in terms of program entry-points and curricula. Some programs, such as those offered at Columbia University, Binghamton University, and the University at Buffalo, have a program that admits both post-BSN and post-MSN applicants. The University at Buffalo's DNP program is fairly new, having only begun in 2011. The post-baccalaureate program can be completed in 3 years of full-time study and in up to 7 years of part-time study. The post-master's program can be completed part-time in 5 semesters, and courses can be completed online. The post-MSN curriculum is comprised of 36 credits, but additional courses must be completed by post-BSN students.

Another example of multiple entry-points, Binghamton University's DNP curriculum is made up of core credits, electives, specialty courses, and a Capstone project. Post-MSN students must complete 35-38 credits in order to earn the DNP. The post-BSN program consists of 77 credits.

Other colleges and Universities, including New York University, admit only students who have already earned a master's degree. Though there is only one entry-point, New York University offers a full-time and part-time option. The part-time option is new, and allows students to complete courses over 3 years and 7 semesters. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 40 credits, and requires completion of a Capstone project and internship.


Cost varies depending on the program and the applicant's state of residency, and is subject to change. It can be difficult to compare tuition, as some colleges and universities list the cost per credit, and others estimate cost per year or semester. The estimated cost per academic year to attend the University at Buffalo's DNP program is about $42,000 for residents and about $53,000 for non-residents. New York University currently charges $1,450 per credit for tuition.

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Other Schools with DNP Programs in New York

Daemen College
4380 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14226
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University
Long Island, NY 11794
Columbia University
116th Street and Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Pace University
1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038
Pace University
861 Bedford Rd.
Pleasantville, NY 10570
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
University of Rochester
601 Elmwood Ave.
Rochester, NY 14642

New York Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (NY)

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 York 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 York DNP Degree Prerequisites

In New York, 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 York educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the New York Board of Nursing to find out more about how New York recognizes DNPs.

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

Online DNP Programs for New York Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in New York, more and more New York 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 York 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 York 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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