DNP Programs in New York

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.

Additional Resources

DNP Schools Near You & Online in New York

Daemen College

  • 4380 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14226
    Programs: BSN, DNP, MSN, Nursing Administration, Physician Assistant, RN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN
    (716) 839-3600

Stony Brook University

  • Stony Brook University Long Island, NY 11794
    Programs: Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, Physician Assistant, Psych Nursing - Certificate, Psychiatric Nursing, RN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN
    (631) 632-6000

Columbia University

  • 116th Street and Broadway New York, NY 10027
    Programs: Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, Nursing PhD, RN
    (212) 854-1754

Pace University

  • 861 Bedford Rd. Pleasantville, NY 10570
    Programs: Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, Physician Assistant, RN, RN to BSN
    (914) 773-3200

St. John Fisher College

  • 3690 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14618
    Programs: BSN, DNP, Family Nurse Practitioner, RN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN
    (585) 385-8000

University of Rochester

  • 601 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, NY 14642
    Programs: Accelerated BSN, Accelerated MSN, BSN, BSN to DNP, Clinical Nurse Leader, DNP, Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner - certificate, Nursing PhD, Pediatric Nursing, Psych Nursing - Certificate, Psychiatric Nursing, RN, RN to BSN, RN to MSN
    (585) 275-2121