Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctoral Program Mission Statement

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program provides the terminal academic preparation for advanced nursing practice and leadership roles in the healthcare system. Advanced practice nurses (APN) function in an increasingly complex and challenging healthcare environment both locally and globally. The integral components of the curriculum are population health, and disaster preparedness. Utilizing knowledge from the sciences and analytical methods for evidence-based practice, the DNP graduate is prepared to meet the needs of diverse individuals, aggregates, and populations.

The DNP at Wagner College is a post-master’s program and provides the terminal academic preparation for nursing practice. Students must have completed a master’s degree in nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner. The program requires 39 credits and can be completed in seven semesters which includes two summer sessions. The course work incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) competencies for DNP graduates and the Criteria of the National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education.

Our classes are offered one evening per week, and full-time students can complete the degree after seven semesters.  The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is Registered by the New York State Board of Regents. The Clinical Doctorate Nursing program at Wagner College located in Staten Island, New York is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
ACEN contact information
3390 Peachtree Road NE Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975 5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the clinical doctorate nursing program is initial accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at
Apply for the DNP


The faculty in our department take great care to work with students individually, providing a caring environment that results in a very high completion and satisfaction rate. This program draws not just from nursing, but also from microbiology, philosophy, business, and community leaders.

The program is open to:

  • Advanced practice nurses holding an Master’s in nursing with an FNP focus from a program accredited by a national organization.*
  • A 3.4 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale for Master’s coursework
  • Current unencumbered Registered Professional Nurse License in NYS and a NYS certificate as Family Nurse Practitioner
    National Board Certification required
  • Documentation demonstrating current clinical practice
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals able to comment on the academic ability, clinical expertise and professionalism of the applicant
  • Professional writing sample written on site
  • Interview

*Students with an Advanced Nursing Practice focus other than a Family Nurse Practitioner will be individually evaluated, and a gap analysis will be conducted to determine additional courses required to complete the DNP/FNP degree. A total of 1000 supervised clinical hours are required for the DNP degree. Six hundred hours are direct care hours. Students who enter the DNP Program without completing 600 direct care hours will be individually evaluated and a gap analysis will be conducted to determine the courses and/or hours required to fulfill this requirement. The DNP courses contain 400 required clinical hours.

* Additional fees for DNP students may include, but not limited to the following:
1. Typhon for DNP Portfolio
2. Complio for health and vaccination records
3. Webinar or conferences for non-clinical hours

For more information:

Application deadline for August admission: July 30th


Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice at Wagner College the students will be able to:

  • Synthesize nursing science with knowledge from ethics, the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and organizational sciences as a basis to stabilize and improve the health of individuals, aggregates and population
  • Generate evidence through practice and translate research into practice to improve health outcomes
  • Formulate effective strategies for managing ethical dilemmas in the care of individuals, aggregates and populations
  • Interpret outcome data through the use of information systems technology/resources to support and improve the care of individuals, aggregates and communities
  • Deliver population focused care based on the knowledge of epidemiology, cultural diversity, crisis intervention, environmental threats and disaster preparedness
  • Design collaborative strategies for effective leadership on intraprofessional and interprofessional teams
  • Devise clinical prevention and population health activities to improve the health of populations locally and globally
  • Assume a leadership role in the development of health care policies that address cost and health care access at institutional, local, state, federal and international levels


Wagner College wishes to announce that it will host a site visit for the initial accreditation of it’s
DNP program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share your comments about the
program in person at a meeting scheduled at 2pm on 13 of September, in The Manzulli Board
Room of Foundation Hall located at One Campus Road ,SINY, 10301.
Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Dr. Nell Ard, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Or email:
All written comments should be received by the ACEN by Sept.1,2023

Doctoral Nursing Student Handbook 2023-2024 Edition

Nancy Cherofsky

Assistant Professor/Coordinator DNP

718-390-3450 Campus Hall 310