DNP Application Process

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program operates on a rolling admissions basis. Applications are reviewed as they are received and admissions decisions are made within four weeks of receipt of a completed application.

Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the application process.

Semester Entry Options

  • Post-Master's: Fall and spring entry
  • Post-Baccalaureate PCFNP: Fall and spring entry
  • Post-Baccalaureate AGACNP: Fall and spring entry
  • Post-Baccalaureate AGPCNP: Fall and spring entry
  • Post-Baccalaureate AGCNS: Fall and spring entry
  • Post-Baccalaureate PMHNP: Fall entry

Admission Requirements

Admission to the post-master's program is limited to qualified students who:

  • Have earned a 3.3 GPA in master's-level work
  • Have graduated from an accredited Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) program. An APN program is defined as nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified registered nurse anesthetist, or certified nurse midwife program
  • Have a NYS license as a registered nurse, NYS certificate as an advanced practice nurse, or eligibility and national professional certification in an APN specialty, if eligible
  • Have a minimum of one full-time post-master's year of clinical experience or equivalent prior to entering the DNP clinical courses
  • Currently are practicing as an APN

Please Note: Students interested in the post-baccalaureate program should consult the admission criteria for the master's program in nursing.

Application Process

  • A completed Application Form [pdf] or Online Application
  • Two Letters of Recommendation [pdf] from:
    • A doctorally-prepared academician or a health care provider
    • A supervisor in an employment setting
    • A practicing APN familiar with the applicant's intellectual ability, academic achievement, clinical expertise, and professional commitment
      Note: You can submit recommendation letters online.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Current resume of no more than five pages
  • Copies of all professional licenses and certifications
  • Professional Education Statement

Please provide a comprehensive essay (no more than five pages) that describes:

  • Your reasons for applying to the DNP program
  • Your educational and professional goals, short- and long-term, and how the DNP program will help you reach these goals
  • How the degree will enhance your clinical practice
  • How you plan to accommodate the program’s rigorous weekend curriculum, commuting and/or travel, all of your competing activities and doctoral study
  • The population that you would like to focus on for your DNP project and describe one clinical problem related to the population that your project will help address
  • How, as a doctorally-prepared advanced practice nurse, you will contribute (e.g., through education, research, and practice) to enhance the health and quality of life for people of all cultures, economic levels, and geographic locations

Applicants who meet the above requirements will be required to:

  • Participate in a formal interview process
  • Complete a written case analysis