Doctor of Nursing Practice

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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.

Program outcomes

  • Lead the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of improvement projects using an evidence-based practice/practice improvement framework to promote health equity, address health disparities, and further excellence in practice.
  • Synthesize the best available evidence, coupled with clinical expertise, patient preferences, and consideration of resources to improve clinical practice and health care delivery systems.
  • Lead interprofessional teams on initiatives that promote patient-centered quality health care to improve patient outcomes.
  • Explain strategies for engaging in health policy at the organizational, local, state, or national level.
  • Integrate the use of information technology to support clinical decision-making for quality patient outcomes.
  • Evaluate health disparities among individuals or populations based on the determinants of health.
  • Demonstrate practice management competencies.
  • Demonstrate role competencies defined by national organizations for nurse practitioners or nurse midwives.
  • Disseminate relevant practice outcomes orally and in writing.
  • Integrate ethical principles into advanced nursing practice, health care delivery systems, and health policy discussions.
  • Foster the application of cultural humility principles, attitudes, and behaviors into advanced nursing practice, health care delivery system, and health policy

The DNP program outcomes are reaffirmed or revised annually by the DNP Workgroup. The DNP Workgroup Team comprised of faculty teaching in the program, faculty serving as mentors and reviewers, and administrative staff, meets every other month during the academic year.

Admission criteria based on entry path

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




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.

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.


Contact the Office of Admissions

For any questions regarding the DNP Program, please contact NYU Meyer's Office of Admissions at or 212-998-5317.


There are currently three entry points for the DNP Program:

Post-BS to DNP

Post-Baccalaureate (BS) to DNP option for those who are registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

(Population foci: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP, Family 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 predominantly 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

Advanced Standing option for those who have earned a master’s degree and are nurse practitioners (NPs) or certified nurse-midwives (CNMs).

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 skillsets for clinical leadership. NYU Meyers requires a minimum of 36 credits and 400 clinical hours devoted to the DNP Project for completion of the advanced standing DNP degree. 

Advanced Certificate to DNP

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.

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. Students’ previous graduate coursework will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine the number of credits that would be transferable into the DNP program. In order to be conferred the DNP degree, 1000 clinical hours are required, spread across the master's and DNP-level coursework. 

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Application deadlines

The application for Fall 2024 will be available on September 15.

Application deadline: February 15, 2024

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until May 1 based on availability. Applications are only accepted for entry into the fall semester. 
  • Applicants for the Post BS to DNP (Family NP or Psychiatric Mental Health NP) must submit their application by February 15th, for a Summer start to these two programs. 
  • Post BS to DNP applicants who are applying to specialties other than Family NP or Psychiatric Mental Health NP will follow fall masters program deadlines.

Application requirements

The application for our DNP programs is now available. 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, where 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 $85. 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.

FAQ section of Doctor of Nursing Practice

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

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.

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

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