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Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

The DNP Program at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences Center College of Nursing (CON) prepares nurses for the highest level of nursing practice in which they can actively participate in attaining the triple aim of healthcare: improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care. Our DNP Program draws upon an academic environment that embraces cultural and educational diversity to prepare students to improve the lives of underserved and difficult-to-access populations.

The DNP program builds on undergraduate nursing curricula by providing education for advanced practice nursing with an emphasis on evidenced-based practice, quality improvement, systems leadership, analytical methods for evidenced-based practice, information technology, health care policy and advocacy, and interprofessional collaboration for improving individual and population health outcomes. The SUNY Downstate program is structured in a hybrid format, which mixes online course work with face-to-face monthly onsite seminars. During these seminars, students will be engaged in competency assessment, socialization, leadership development and scholarly advancement activities.

The post-baccalaureate DNP Program is cohort based, 75 credits, and 7 terms in length. Students who hold a Master’s degree, APRN certification (FNP, WMHP or Nurse Midwifery specialties), and meet admission requirements will be considered for advanced standing, allowing them to complete the DNP Program in 6 semesters (40 credit hours).

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