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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

HEGIS Code: 1203.10 | Program Fact Sheet (PDF)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Hunter College 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 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.


DNP Program Specializations

Graduates of the AGPCNP and PMHNP tracks are eligible for New York State NP certification and meet the educational requirements for national board certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Graduates of the AGPCNP track also meet the educational requirements for national certification by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board.


Why Choose Hunter?

The 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. The 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.


DNP Academic Program Outcomes

The program prepares graduates to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical practice, judgment, and scholarship in nursing based on scientific knowledge underpinning practice.
  2. Implement analytical methodologies for the evaluation and formulation of health care policies and practices for the clinical situations, practice environment, and the health care delivery system.
  3. Evaluate and translate research to support evidence-based practice to improve health care of medically, socially, culturally diverse underserved populations.
  4. Analyze the scientific, social, ethical, moral, economic, political, legal and policy components of health care systems which impact health care planning, access, and delivery.
  5. Access, utilize, manage, and safeguard state-of-the-science information technology and health care informatics systems for care delivery, systems operations, and quality improvement.
  6. Collaborate effectively in interdisciplinary teams in the delivery, evaluation, and quality improvement of health care, health promotion, practice models and health policy for individuals, families, and populations.
  7. Integrate the application of scientific evidence, professional values, ethical, and moral decision-making in advanced nursing practice and health care delivery.
  8. Assume leadership roles in the development of excellence in clinical care and health care delivery systems through advanced nursing roles in various settings.


For more information, contact Dr. Maya Clark-Cutaia, Evelyn Lauder Associate Dean for Nurse Practitioner Programs, at or 212-481-4348.