Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs

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Transforming today's students into tomorrow's leaders.

Our CCNE accredited DNP Program prepares students for an expanded comprehensive nurse practitioner role that includes critical thinking and independent decision making in clinical practice, leadership, education, policy and consultation, opening doors for career opportunities and leadership in health care.

Program Length

-3-5 years
-full- or part-time
 

Program Format

-Hybrid
-Flexible learning options

Application Deadline: Summer Start/Full-Time

April 1, 2021

Application Deadline: Fall Start/Part-Time

June 15, 2021

Specialties: Credits & Clinical Hours (Post-BS to DNP)

Family NP

-97 credits
-1,000 clinical hours

Adult/Gerontology NP

-82 credits
-1,000 clinical hours

Psych/Mental Health NP

-94 credits
-1,000 clinical hours

Program Length

5-7 semesters

Credits

36

Program Format

Online, part-time

Non-clinical hours

400

Application Deadline: Fall Start

July 1, 2021

This program 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 Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Child Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Additional Information: Admissions & Finances

  • Here is how we prepare our students to meet the growing demands of global health care.

    Through outstanding programs that put our students at the top.

    Our programs are ranked among the top 20% by U.S. News & World Report, while our individualized education results in above-average performance on state board and national certification exams. Mentorship by our renowned faculty and abundant community partners help position our students to become highly sought after in the professional marketplace upon graduation.

    Aerial shot of Buffalo.

    By expanding the definition of classroom.

    A nationally prominent cancer center. A renowned vascular institute. A level 1 trauma center. These are just a few of the many clinical sites where students benefit from hands-on learning, gaining transformative immersive experiences that stay with them for life. Our alumni have gone on to work in critical care, pediatrics and hospice; to become senior leaders in health care networks; to pursue critical cancer research; and even to rise to the position of Navy admiral.

    Nursing student with patient in Ghana.

    By embracing a global perspective.

    We highly value educational exchanges that promote cultural competence. It’s how we prepare our students to interact with patients and families from all backgrounds with compassion and respect. Whether it’s a multicultural service learning opportunity in Appalachia or an international enrichment experience in Ghana, we inspire our students to explore and impact health care well beyond their front doors.

    Students presenting research posters.

    By encouraging participation in research.

    Opportunities abound for students to engage in innovative research, such as utilizing modern telehealth technology that expands the provision of care to people with limited access, or participating in quality improvement studies that facilitate patient-centered care and reduce re-hospitalization. Working alongside nurse scientists, our students spearhead change -- shaping policy and analyzing health systems to improve the quality and delivery of care.

    Here is how we prepare our students to meet the growing demands of global health care.

    Through outstanding programs that put our students at the top.

    Faculty and students in classroom wearing masks.

    Our programs consistently receive a top 20 percent national ranking from U.S. News & World Report, while our individualized education results in above-average performance on state board and national certification exams. Mentorship by our renowned faculty and abundant community partners help position our students to become highly sought after in the professional marketplace upon graduation.

    By expanding the definition of classroom.

    Aerial shot of Buffalo.

    A nationally prominent cancer center. A renowned vascular institute. A level 1 trauma center. These are just a few of the many clinical sites where students benefit from hands-on learning, gaining transformative immersive experiences that stay with them for life. Our alumni have gone on to work in critical care, pediatrics and hospice; to become senior leaders in health care networks; to pursue critical cancer research; and even to rise to the position of Navy admiral.

    By embracing a global perspective.

    Nursing student with patient in Ghana.

    We highly value educational exchanges that promote cultural competence. It’s how we prepare our students to interact with patients and families from all backgrounds with compassion and respect. Whether it’s a multicultural service learning opportunity in Appalachia or an international enrichment experience in Ghana, we inspire our students to explore and impact health care well beyond their front doors.

    By encouraging participation in research.

    Students presenting research posters.

    Opportunities abound for students to engage in innovative research, such as utilizing modern telehealth technology that expands the provision of care to people with limited access, or participating in quality improvement studies that facilitate patient-centered care and reduce re-hospitalization. Working alongside nurse scientists, our students spearhead change -- shaping policy and analyzing health systems to improve the quality and delivery of care.