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Post-MS to DNP Program

Advanced clinical coursework and capstone project are tailored to students' interests.

The Post-MS to DNP Program at the University at Buffalo School of Nursing prepares established advanced practice nurses to deliver expert care, innovate practice and translate evidence-based care to the clinical setting. The five- to seven-semester program offered in a part-time asynchronous distance learning format is designed for individuals holding a Master's in nursing, active US RN and APRN licenses, and national certification in one of the following specialty areas:

  • Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Child Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

About the Post-MS to DNP Program

The Post MS to DNP Program is offered completely online in a distance accessible format featuring flexible scheduling for the working professional. The program provides new knowledge in organizational behavior, informatics, health policy, leadership, program evaluation and generation of evidence-based knowledge to enhance practice outcomes at the individual, population and system levels and culminates in a capstone project that is tailored toward individual student interests and can be completed with the student's current employer. 

The Post-MS to DNP Program is NOT designed to educate nurse practitioners in a new specialty area. Applicants must already hold national certification in the specialty area to which they are applying.

Program Requirements


Post-MS to DNP Curriculum

DNP Foundational Core

Course Number
Course Name
NGC 520 Scientific Writing 2
NGC 533 Teaching in Nursing 3
NGC 632 Interpreting Health Care Policy 3
NGC 634 Organization & Leadership Concepts in Health Care 3

Analytical Core for Evidence-Based Practice

 Course Number Course Name Credits
NGC 502 Applied Informatics to Evaluate Health Care Outcomes 3
NGC 504 Epidemiology DNP Bridge** 1
NGC 527 Evaluating Research Evidence for Health Care II 4
NGC 638 Program Evaluation 3
NGC 692
Seminar in Grantsmanship 1
NGC 701
State of Nursing Science 3

**Bridge course epidemiology content option for Post-Master's DNP

DNP Advanced Practice Core

 Course Number Course Name Credits
NGC 725
Advanced Clinical Practicum I  4
NGC 726
Advanced Clinical Practicum II 4
NGC 798
DNP Capstone Course I 1
NGC 799
DNP Capstone Course II 1

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