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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares nurse practitioners and advanced public health nurses who can meet the increasingly complex health needs of diverse urban populations by providing evidence-based, advanced nursing services in a wide variety of settings.

The DNP program currently includes three tracks:

  • Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (ANP/GNP)
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Community/Public Health Nursing (CPHN)

The program is available to nurses with a baccalaureate or master's degree in nursing. The program requires completion of 48-90 credits and 1000 supervised clinical hours. Students may enroll for full-time or part-time study.

Graduates of the DNP program meet the requirements for national certification in their specialty area. Graduates of the ANP/GNP and PMHNP tracks qualify for New York State certification as a nurse practitioner.

 

Course of Study

Admitted students without a prior Master's degree in nursing from an accredited program complete 90 credits and 1000 supervised clinical hours. Admitted students with a prior master's degree in nursing from an accredited program may be eligible for advanced standing. Based on an individual assessment of the prior graduate record, (1) required coursework may be reduced by up to 42 credits for the same or equivalent coursework completed for the Master's degree with a grade of B or better; and (2) relevant supervised clinical hours completed for the Master's degree may be counted toward the 1000 supervised clinical hours required for the DNP degree.

Core Courses for All Tracks

The courses listed below are completed by all DNP students for a total of 48 credits in nursing science, economics and health care policy, and translational research and leadership.

NURS 700    Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (3 cr.)

NURS 702    Advanced Nursing Research (3 cr.)

NURS 704    Health Care Systems & Policy (3 cr.)

NURS 716    Informatics for Evidence-Based Practice (3 cr.)

NURS 717    Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice (3 cr.)

NURS 749    Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Diverse Populations (3 cr.)

NURS 750    Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (3 cr.)

NURS 751    Advanced Health Assessment (3 cr.)

NURS 780    Health Care Ethics in the Life Span

NURS 800    Leading Systems and Organizations (3 cr.)

NURS 801    Leadership for Quality Improvement (3 cr.)

NURS 802    Analytic Methods for Evidence-Based Practice (3 cr.)

NURS 810    Clinical Genetics (3 cr.)

NURS 850    Health Policy and Population-Focused DNP Practice (3 cr.)

PH 750        Introduction to Biostatistics (3 cr.)

PH 752        Introduction to Epidemiology (3 cr.)

NURS 900    DNP Capstone I (3 cr.)

NURS 901    DNP Capstone II (5 cr.)

Advanced Practice Core (Selected Tracks)

The second component consists of advanced practice core content specific to one of the DNP population tracks.

Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

NURS 804    Finance and Management of Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr.)

NURS 811    Advanced DNP Procedures (3 cr.)

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

NURS 719    Psychopharmacology (3 cr.)

NURS 748    Therapeutic Counseling Modalities (3 cr.)

Community/Public Health Nursing

PH 754        Environmental Health & Safety (3 cr.)

PH 756        Public Health & Health Care Policy and Management (3 cr.)

Specialization Courses (Selected Tracks)

The third component consists of courses with clinical experiences that are required in one of the three population options: Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (ANP/GNP), Psychiatric-Mental Health Practitioner (PMHNP), and Community/Public Health Nursing (Advanced Practice Public Health Nurse, APPHN).

Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

NURS 755    Primary Care Nursing I (5 cr.)

NURS 757    Primary Care Nursing II (5 cr.)

NURS 769    Gerontological NP Practicum (3 cr.)

NURS 851    Advanced Physical Assessment Practicum (1 cr.)

NURS 855    DNP Practice with Adults/Older Adults I (1 cr.)

NURS 857    DNP Practice with Women (1 cr.)

NURS 869    DNP Practice with Older Adults (3 cr.)

NURS 870    Acute Care DNP Practice (6 cr.)

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

NURS 742    Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing I (5 cr.)

NURS 743    Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing II (5 cr.)

NURS 744    Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing III (5 cr.)

NURS 842    DNP PMHNP Practice I (1 cr.)

NURS 843    DNP PMHNP Practice II (1 cr.)

NURS 844    DNP PMHNP III (1 cr.)

NURS 845    DNP PMHNP Practice IV (6 cr.)

NURS 851    Advanced Physical Assessment Practicum (1 cr.)

Community/Public Health Nursing

NURS 771    Community/Public Health Nursing I (5 cr.)

NURS 772    Community/Public Health Nursing II (5 cr.)

NURS 773    Community/Public Health Nursing III (5 cr.)

NURS 851    Advanced Physical Assessment Practicum (1 cr.)

NURS 871    Advanced Practice Public Health Nursing I (1 cr.)

NURS 872    DNP in Public Health Nursing II (1 cr.)

NURS 873    DNP in Public Health Nursing III (1 cr.)

NURS 874    DNP in Public Health Nursing IV (6 cr.)

 

DNP information sheet (PDF)

 

How to Apply

First, please carefully review our DNP program admission requirements. Information on the application process is available from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

 

For more information, please contact Dr. Caroline Hewitt, DNP coordinator, at ch516@hunter.cuny.edu or 212-481-4420.