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Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

DNP Program Specialization | Post-Master's Entry for Certified FNPs

Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) care for individuals and families at all stages of life, from newborns to older adults, with a focus on preventive healthcare, including health promotion and disease prevention. They also assess, diagnose, and treat both acute and chronic illnesses. FNPs demonstrate a commitment to family-centered care and understand the relevance and impact of the family's identified community on their health.


Course of Study

The FNP specialization in the DNP program is open to individuals currently certified as Family Nurse Practitioners at the master's level. The program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Course descriptions are available in the Hunter College Graduate Catalog.

Prior Master's Coursework (up to 42 credits)

Students will follow an individual plan of study based on an assessment of their master's coursework. Up to 42 credits for master's courses completed with a grade of 'B' or better, including relevant clinical hours completed for the master's degree, may be counted toward the 90 credits required for the DNP degree. DNP Capstone courses require a total of 500 clinical practicum hours.

Post-Master's Curriculum (48 credits)

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

NURS 780   Health Care Ethics in the Life Span (3 cr)

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

NURS 810   Clinical Genetics (3 cr)

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

PH 750       Fundamentals of Biostatistics (3 cr)

PH 752       Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 cr)

Electives (6 credits)

Two electives taken any semester (6 cr)

DNP Capstone Courses (12 credits, 500 practicum hours)

NURS 90001  Capstone 1: Internship (3 cr, 105 practicum hrs)

NURS 90002  Capstone 2: Proposal Development (3 cr, 105 practicum hrs)

NURS 90003  Capstone 3: Implementation (3 cr, 210 practicum hrs)

NURS 90004  Capstone 4: Evaluation & Dissemination (3 cr, 80 practicum hrs)

Total Credits for Degree: 90


Sample Program Plan

DNP Post-Master's Plan of Study - All Tracks (PDF)


How to Apply

First, please carefully review our DNP program admission requirements for post-master's entry. Information on the application process is available from the Office of Graduate Admissions.


For questions about the DNP program, please complete our program inquiry form.