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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares nurse practitioners 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 changing demands of the nation's complex health care environment require that nurses serving in specialty positions have the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise possible. The DNP curriculum builds on traditional clinical master's programs by providing additional education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, systems leadership and other content areas that will lead to improved clinical outcomes in complex systems.

The DNP program currently offers three specialization tracks, including Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP), Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track for currently-certified FNPs.

The program is open to nurses with a baccalaureate or master's degree in nursing and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. The program requires completion of 48-90 credits and 1000 supervised clinical hours.

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

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Hunter College, CUNY, is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


The Role of the DNP

Learn more about DNP Specializations


Course of Study

View DNP Course of Study by Specialization


Why Choose Hunter?

Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing (HBSON) leverages its vast relationships across New York City to provide our students with clinical experiences which reflect the complexity of the healthcare challenges faced by our city’s residents. HBSON works tirelessly to identify clinical placements for our students in ambulatory, community, and hospital affiliated settings.


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 or 212-396-7106.