DNP Programs in New Jersey

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 recommendation
  • Current 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.

Additional Resources

DNP Schools Near You & Online in New Jersey

Rutgers the State University

  • 303 Cooper Street Camden, NJ 08102
    Programs: Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, RN, RN to BSN
    (856) 225-1766

Saint Peter’s College

  • 2641 John F. Kennedy Boulevard Jersey City, NJ 07306
    Programs: BSN, DNP, MSN, Nursing Administration, RN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN
    (201) 761-6000

Fairleigh Dickinson University

  • 285 Madison Avenue Madison, NJ 07940
    Programs: Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, RN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN
    (973) 443-8500

Rutgers University

  • 123 Washington Street Newark, NJ 07102
    Programs: Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, Nursing PhD, RN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN
    (973) 353-5541

Seton Hall University

  • 400 South Orange Avenue South Orange, NJ 07079
    Programs: Accelerated BSN, BSN, Clinical Nurse Leader, DNP, MSN, Nursing PhD, Pediatric Nursing, Physician Assistant, RN, RN to BSN
    (973) 275-2222

Fairleigh Dickinson University

  • 1000 River Road Teaneck, NJ 07666
    Programs: Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, RN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN
    (201) 692-2000

William Paterson University

  • 300 Pompton Road Wayne, NJ 07470
    Programs: Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, RN, RN to BSN
    (973) 720-2000