Online BSN-DNP and MSN-DNP Programs Available in New York

By offering points of entry for both BSN- and MSN-prepared nurses, DNP programs are helping to address the growing need for:

  • Nurse practitioners to serve as primary care providers
  • Public health and health policy specialists to serve as change agents in the development of healthcare policy
  • Executive leaders capable of making sound decisions based on years of clinical nursing experience
  • Informaticists capable of managing and effectively making use of the growing body of health data assets
  • Educators to help increase the capacity of the state’s nursing schools to ensure an adequate nursing workforce in the years to come
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A 2013 Nursing and Allied Health Care Professionals Workforce Survey Report – New York’s Changing Healthcare Sector – revealed how the state’s healthcare system can continue to meet the patient care needs of a growing patient populace by encouraging existing healthcare professionals to pursue specialty training in new and expanded roles.

To this end, the Doctor of Nursing Practice – the most advanced practice-focused degree available – allows BSN-educated RNs to prepare for advanced practice certification in each of the four roles (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist) and in specialized patient population focus areas. It also allows existing advanced clinicians to pursue certification in additional patient population focus areas, specialty areas in direct patient care, as well as in roles outside of direct patient care such as informatics, health policy, executive leadership and more.

The DNP prepares graduates to meet the demands of a constantly changing healthcare environment and instills vital competencies that prepare nurses for increasingly complex leadership roles. Some of the influencial DNP nurses filling these roles in New York include:

  • Berthilde Dufrene, RN, MSN, BSN, CARN, DNP: Chief Nursing Officer, New York State Mental Health Services of the Office of Mental Health in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
  • Stephen Ferrara, DNP, RN, FNP-BC: Executive Director, Nurse Practitioners Association of New York
  • Laura L. Ardizzone, CRNA, DNP, ACNP, DCC: Chief Nurse Anesthetist Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Board Member of New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Claudia Douglas, DNP, RN, APN-C: Administrative Director, Institute for Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research, Hackensack University Medical Center

Earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in New York

DNP programs offer two entry points to accommodate both BSN- and MSN-prepared nurses.

Nurses in New York are not limited to just campus-based programs. Online DNP programs, available throughout the U.S., allow students to complete the didactic components of their program through online study and then complete the clinical requirements through clinical sites close to home. (Some online programs may have limitations regarding clinical sites.)

Some online DNP programs require students to attend one or more campus immersion experiences that provide students with opportunities to network with peers and connect with faculty.

New York nurses with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) are able to demonstrate organizational and systems leadership for quality and safety in healthcare systems, apply clinical scholarship, provide leadership for the development of healthcare policy, and much more.

Online and on-site DNP programs (both post-masters and post-bachelors DNP programs) receive accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

All accredited programs must incorporate 1,000 practicum hours provide students with an opportunity to focus their course of study in specialty tracks that fall within one of two general areas:

  • Advanced practice nursing role (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist)
  • Aggregate/systems/organizational role (administration, informatics, public health, health policy, executive leadership, education)

DNP Curriculum Requirements and Program Components

DNP Core – DNP programs include a core of courses such as:

  • Concepts in population health
  • Healthcare quality improvement
  • Research and policy for nursing
  • Organizational concepts in nursing
  • Knowledge management in nursing
  • Translating research into practice

Specialty Track Coursework – Additional courses are focused on the DNP specialty track, whether in an advanced patient care role or in an aggregate/systems/organizational focus.

Practicum Hours – National accreditation standards for DNP programs require at least 1,000 hours of post-baccalaureate practicum. As many as 500 hours gained during a master’s program can be applied to the 1,000 hour total.

Final Project – Upon the successful completion of all didactic and clinical requirements, students of DNP programs would complete a final project to represent the culmination of their educational experience.

BSN-DNP Programs: DNP Programs for BSN-Prepared Nurses

BSN-DNP programs, designed for BSN-prepared nurses, encompass the components of both the MSN and DNP in one, streamlined format.

Consisting of between 74 and 90 credits and about four years of study, BSN-DNP programs provide BSN-prepared nurses with the ability to complete their MSN and, depending on their MSN focus, achieve national certification before completing their DNP course of study.

An MSN core includes study in:

  • Clinical prevention/population health
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Informatics
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Organizational and systems leadership
  • Policy and advocacy
  • Program evaluation for improving patient and population outcomes
  • Quality and safety

It also includes courses specific to the MSN specialty, as well as at least 500 hours of clinical rotations. Similar to post-master’s DNP programs, BSN-DNP programs are often available as online, part-time, and/or accelerated programs.

BSN-to-DNP and MSN-to-DNP Programs Available at Campus Locations in New York

The following DNP programs have been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and/or the American Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (current as of 2016).

  • Binghamton University, Binghamton
    • Adult gerontological
    • Community health
    • Family
    • Family Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Columbia University, New York City
    • Advanced practice nursing roles
  • Daemen College, Amherst
    • Advanced practice nursing roles
  • D’Youville College, Buffalo
    • Advanced practice nursing roles
  • Hunter College of CUNY, New York City
    • Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner
    • Gerontological nurse practitioner
    • Family nurse practitioner
    • Community/public health nursing
    • Adult nurse practitioner
  • New York University, New York City
    • Nurse practitioner
    • Certified nurse-midwife
  • Pace University, New York City, Westchester
    • Adult acute care nurse practitioner
    • Family nurse practitioner
  • St. John Fisher College, Rochester
    • Advance practice nursing roles
  • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook
    • Nurse executive
  • University at Buffalo, Buffalo
    • Family nurse practitioner
    • Adult-gerontology nurse practitioner
    • Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner
    • Nurse anesthetist
  • University of Rochester, Rochester
    • Advanced practice nursing roles
  • Upstate Medical University, Syracuse
    • Nurse practitioner
    • Clinical nurse specialist

A larger selection of CCNE and ACEN-accredited DNP programs are available online.

Other DNP programs in the state not shown here may be regionally accredited or hold specialty accreditation through the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs or the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.

Opportunities Available to DNP-Prepared Nurses in New York

The following job listings (sourced in April 2016) highlight the types of opportunities available to New York’s DNP-prepared nurses but do not represent job offers or an assurance of employment:

Director of Nursing, Department of Homeless Services: Manhattan, NY


  • Supervises any DHS medical staff performing professional duties
  • Services on agency health-related internal and external committees, councils, and work groups
  • Participates in city-wide governmental and NFP initiatives regarding healthcare for the homeless


  • Valid RN license in New York
  • Master’s degree in nursing, public health, or a related field, and four years of experienced in public health or hospital nursing or a related field
  • More than five years of professional experience and a DNP preferred

Nurse Practitioner, Hope Center III, St. John’s Riverside Hospital: Yonkers, NY


  • Deliver quality primary care and/or specialty care services to patients who are HIV positive, hepatitis positive, and others
  • Provide high-quality primary and specialty care services following appropriate clinical guidelines
  • Prescribe drugs, devices, immunizing agents, and controlled substances


  • Master’s level family or adult nurse practitioner; DNP preferred
  • Certification in a specialty that includes primary healthcare services

Co-Director, RFK, CERC Medical Home, Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Bronx, NY


  • Develop collaborative relationships with administration, state and national agencies, professional associations, advocacy groups, and other relevant agencies
  • Supervise all medical home clinical staff
  • Oversee the management of clinical resources as to facilitate clinical program development


  • Terminal degree in medicine (MD) or Nursing (MSN/DNP, PhD)
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in clinical services provision
  • Demonstrated leadership in developmental disabilities, consumer/family empowerment, and community building that supports full inclusion of individuals with disabilities

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