Students who complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at NYU Meyers are prepared at the highest academic level for advanced clinical practice. The DNP enables clinical scholars to function as organizational systems thinkers and leaders in practice innovation, quality, and safety. As experts in translating evidence-based knowledge into clinical practice, graduates lead interprofessional teams in the transformation of healthcare by improving population health outcomes utilizing skills and essential competencies in ethical decision-making, healthcare policy, informatics, business, finance, and economics.

There are currently three entry points for the DNP Program:

  1. Post-Baccalaureate (BS) to DNP option for those who are registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing;
  2. Advanced Standing option for those who have earned a master’s degree and are nurse practitioners (NPs) or certified nurse midwives (CNMs); and
  3. Post-master’s option for those nurses who have a master’s degree but are not NPs or CNMs and would like to become a direct care advanced practice nurse.  These individuals can apply for a post-master's advanced certificate program in order to become an NP or CNM and obtain the DNP degree.

  View the DNP program outcomes.

Below are the DNP programs offered at NYU Meyers.  

Post-BS to DNP
(Population foci: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP, Psychiatric-Mental Health NP, Pediatric NP)

Students entering the  Post-BS DNP program for a population foci begin the program by taking a combination of graduate level advanced practice nursing (APN) courses as well as DNP core courses. Once students begin their advanced leadership component courses they begin a clinical placement to complete the DNP Scholarly Project.  Students can complete an individual or team project at the placement site supported by a project team comprised of a Faculty Mentor, Faculty Reviewer, and a Clinical Mentor from the practice setting. 

Students are guided by the project team  in developing the competencies necessary to assess research and evaluate the impact of the research on practice in order to implement evidence-based practice changes to improve the quality and safety of healthcare. The DNP curriculum capitalizes on the research and clinical expertise of NYU Meyers faculty in gerontology, chronic disease prevention and management, workforce strategy and capacity, infectious disease/global public health, translational research, and quality improvement.

Graduate level core and specialty courses for the Post-BS to DNP are held on campus and predominately offered in the evening. Clinical hours for NP or nurse midwifery specialty courses are arranged by faculty assignment with a preceptor. The advanced leadership component of the program is offered in an executive hybrid format which includes on site half day classes on four Fridays during the semester in addition to  online coursework.

Advanced Standing DNP

The Advanced Standing option is designed for nurse practitioners (NPs) or certified nurse midwives (CNMs) who are expert clinicians and leaders in their communities. The Advanced Standing DNP curriculum offers courses that aim to develop skill sets for clinical leadership. The College of Nursing requires a minimum of 36 credits and 400 clinical hours devoted to the DNP Project for completion of the advanced standing DNP degree.

The Post-Master’s option is for master’s prepared nurses who are not NPs or CNMs, i.e., clinical nurse specialists, and nurse administrators, educators, or informatics specialists. It requires that the student obtain a post-master’s certificate in one of the NP population foci or in nurse midwifery in addition to completing the Advanced Leadership Courses and the DNP Project  in a clinical agency. This option requires completion of 73 or more credits and 1000 clinical hours. Students’ previous graduate coursework will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine the number of credits that would be transferrable into the DNP program.

There are three points of entry to the DNP.

  1. Post-BS to DNP 
    1. RNs with a BS in nursing or associate's in nursing with BA in other field
    2. GPA of 3.5
    3. NYS RN license and registration
    4. Undergraduate coursework in statistics and research
    5. One year of full-time RN work experience is preferred
  2. Advanced standing for NPs and midwives who have master’s degree
    1. MS in nursing
    2. GPA of 3.5
    3. NYS NP license in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP, APN: Family, Nurse-Midwifery, Pediatrics NP, Psychiatric-Mental Health NP
    4. Graduate coursework in statistics and research
  1. Post-master’s for nurses who have an MS, but are not NPs or CNMs
    1. MS in nursing
    2. GPA of 3.5
    3. NYS RN license and registration
    4. Undergraduate coursework in statistics and research
    5. One year of full-time RN work experience preferred


Technical Standards Requirements
Applicants must meet the Technical Standards for Core Professional Nursing Competency Performance in order to be eligible for admission to, progress in, and graduate from the nursing program.

Criminal Background Check Policy
All nursing students will be required to complete a series of clinical learning experiences in order to successfully meet the learning outcomes for a given program of study. Prior to participating in clinical learning experiences at any off campus healthcare facility, students are required to complete a criminal background check and a drug test. Each clinical facility has policies regarding possible convictions and potential drug use that may bar students from being accepted at the facility for clinical placement. You may read more about this policy here.

Equal Opportunity Statement
NYU Meyers does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis. Prospective students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for all of our programs.

Application Instructions

Application Deadlines

The application for Fall 2019 is now available online! Click here to apply.

Application deadline: March 1, 2019

Note: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until June 1 based on availability. Applications are only accepted for entry into the fall semester.

Mandatory Admissions Days:
Post-BS to DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP: TBD
Post-BS to DNP Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP: TBD
Post-BS to DNP Pediatrics NP: TBD
Post-BS to DNP Psychiatric-Mental Health NP: TBD
Advanced Standing DNP: TBD

Application Requirements

The application for our DNP programs can be accessed here. All applicants to our DNP programs are required to submit the following documents at the time of application:

  1. One (1) transcript from each post-secondary school attended. We can review applications with unofficial transcripts. Admitted students will be asked to submit official transcripts prior to beginning coursework at NYU Meyers.
  2. Resume.
  3. A two- to three-page personal statement.
  4. At least two (2) letters of recommendation.
  5. RN (and NP, when applicable) license and registration certificate. You may submit an application with an out-of-state license, but admitted students must obtain a New York State RN/NP license prior to beginning coursework at NYU Meyers.

Our DNP admissions process also includes a series of interviews and a written essay.

Applicants who have attended a post-secondary institution outside of the United States are required to upload one (1) transcript from each post-secondary school attended and submit one (1) official course-by-course evaluation of each foreign transcript directly to our office at the time of application. Your application will not be reviewed without these documents. Please mail your official course-by-course evaluation(s) to:

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
Office of Student Affairs and Admissions
433 First Avenue, LL1
New York, NY 10010

For applicants whose native language is not English, a copy of your latest TOEFL or IELTS score is required. Admitted students will be asked to submit official test scores prior to beginning coursework at NYU Meyers. We require a minimum TOEFL internet-based score of 100 and an IELTS Band score of 7.

Important Notes

We encourage you to fill out a FAFSA form at the time that you apply.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early. All deadlines listed are 'in office' deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is always to the candidate's best advantage to apply early, especially when applying for financial aid. Should any of the dates listed fall on a weekend, the deadline will be the next working day.

After submitting your application, you may check on your admissions status using your application login. Should you have any questions about the admissions process, you are encouraged to call the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions at (212) 998-5317.

Application Fee
The application fee is $80 dollars. Your application will not be processed until your application fee has been paid. Application fees are non-refundable and must be received by the stated application deadlines.

Fee Waivers
NYU Meyers waives fees for applications based on financial hardship or US military service/US veteran status. To request that the application fee is waived, please submit a request to before submitting your application. The request should include your full name and the program to which you are applying. We will notify you via email when your request for an application fee waiver has been approved. 


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Is the program part-time or full-time?

At this time, both the advanced standing DNP and Post-BS to DNP programs are part-time only.

Is this an online program?

No, this is not an online program. None of our graduate courses are fully online. Our master’s level graduate courses are all held in person and on campus, and our doctoral level advanced leadership courses are hybrid courses that combine online learning with in-class meetings about once a month.

How can I check the status of my application?

After submitting your application, you may check on your admissions status using your application login.

How can I learn more about scholarships?

Please visit our scholarships page at this website: