Doctor of Nursing Practice

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree gives working nurses an interdisciplinary and global training with a focus on disaster preparedness and population health. It will prepare you to be a leader in global health concerns on a state and federal level.

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 Accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and is going through the candidacy process for accreditation by the ACEN at this time.

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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

*Applicants who have an MSN with an advanced practice focus other than FNP will be individually evaluated and a gap analysis will be conducted to determine additional courses required to complete the DNP/FNP degree.

For more information:

Priority application deadline for August admission: July 15, 2023


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

Doctoral Nursing Student Handbook 2021-2022 Edition

Nancy Cherofsky

Coordinator DNP, Assistant Professor, Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing

718-390-3450 Campus Hall 310