DNP Programs

In April 2018, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) made the commitment to move all entry-level nurse practitioner education to the DNP degree. To maintain currency with this national nursing recommendation, the Decker School will transition its advanced practice specialty programs to the DNP-degree starting in spring 2020. We will admit our final cohort to the master's advanced practice NP programs in fall 2019. Learn more.

General information and requirements

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing:

  • Prepares nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists to respond more efficiently to changes in healthcare delivery and emerging healthcare needs for the future
  • Incorporates the advanced practice content and competencies included in our master's degree program
  • Provides graduates with knowledge and competence in health systems leadership, policy development and interdisciplinary collaboration to improve healthcare outcomes and increase healthcare access for all populations
  • Prepares clinicians to design, evaluate and continuously improve the context within which healthcare is delivered
  • Teaches students the clinical, organizational, economic and leadership skills necessary to significantly impact healthcare outcomes
  • Focuses on providing leadership for innovative and evidence-based nursing practice, which requires competence in translating research in practice, evaluating evidence, applying research and decision-making, and implementing viable clinical innovations

Students holding a master's degree in nursing who are seeking the DNP may apply for admission for fall semester and will be required to complete 35–38 credits.

Functional role and specialization options

Students may choose to pursue a DNP in one of two functional roles:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • Clinical nurse specialist

In addition, students will select an area of specialization (see chart for availability in conjunction with functional roles):

Specialization area options  Nurse practitioner role Clinical nurse specialist role
Family health nursing available not available
Community health nursing available not available
Adult-gerontological nursing (primary care) available available
Family psychiatric mental health nursing available not available

Curricula

Below are sample curriculum plans for Decker's full-time and part-time DNP programs. Download a printer friendly version of the full-time plan or part-time plan.  Use these plans in conjunction with the DNP curriculum worksheet to plan your course sequence.

If you have questions about the worksheets or the curriculum plans, contact Decker's Academic Advising and Student Services Office.

  • Full-time, post-master's DNP curriculum plan

     

    Year 1

    Fall semester

    Clinical hours

    Credits

    NURS 601: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

     

    3

    NURS 610: Evidence-Based Practice

     

    3

    NURS 540: Elements of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

     

    1 or 4

    Elective (for students who have completed NURS 540 or equivalent)

     

    3

    Fall semester total

    0

    7–10

    Spring semester

    Clinical hours Credits

    NURS 579: Advanced Diagnostics and Clinical Reasoning

     

    3

    NURS 634: Health Policy Formulation

     

    3

    NURS 651: DNP Scholarly Project I

    120

    3

    Spring semester total

    120

    9

    Year 2

    Fall semester

    Clinical hours Credits

    NURS 548: DNP Organizational Behavior

     

    4

    NURS 652: DNP Scholarly Project II 

    120

    3

    Elective

     

    3

    Semester total

    120 10

    Spring semester

    Clinical hours Credits

    NURS 650/NURS 655: DNP Practicum Experience

    180

    3

    NURS 615: Information Systems and Technology in Healthcare

     

    3

    NURS 653: DNP Scholarly Project III

    120

    3

    Spring semester total

    300

    9

    TOTAL REQUIRED FOR DEGREE COMPLETION

    540

    35–38

     

  • Part-time, post-master's DNP curriculum plan

     

    Year 1

    Fall semester

    Clinical hours

    Credits

    NURS 601: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

     

    3

    NURS 540: Elements of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

     

    1 or 4

    Elective (for students who have completed NURS 540 or equivalent) 

     

    3

    Fall semester total

    0

    4–7

    Spring semester

    Clinical hours Credits

    NURS 579: Advanced Diagnostics for Clinical Reasoning

     

    3

    NURS 634: Health Policy Formulation

     

    3

    Spring semester total

    0

    6

    Year 2

    Fall semester

    Clinical hours Credits

    NURS 610: Evidence-Based Practice

     

    3

    NURS 548: DNP Organizational Behavior

     

    4

    Semester total

    0 7

    Spring semester

    Clinical hours Credits

    NURS 651: DNP Scholarly Project I

    120

    3

    NURS 615: Information Systems and Technology in Healthcare

     

    3

    Spring semester total

    120

    6

    Year 3

    Fall semester

    Clinical hours

    Credits

    NURS 652: DNP Scholarly Project II

    120

    3

    Elective

     

    3

    Fall semester total

    120

    6

    Spring semester

    Clinical hours

    Credits

    NURS 653: DNP Scholarly Project III

    120

    3

    NURS 650/NURS 655: DNP Practicum Experience

    180

    3

    Spring semester total

    300

    6

    TOTAL REQUIRED FOR DEGREE COMPLETION

    540

    35-38

     

Application criteria

Students wishing to pursue a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) degree at the Decker School of Nursing must satisfy the general conditions and procedures for admission to Binghamton University's Graduate School. Further, they must adhere to all policies outlined in the Graduate School Manual.

In addition, the following are required and will be evaluated for admission:

NOTE: For complete information about application criteria and other requirements, applicants should review the University Bulletin (select "Nursing-Graduate" under "Graduate Fields of Study by Department"). The rules and regulations posted in the University Bulletin at the time of a student's matriculation into the University are the ones to which that student is held.

  • A master's degree in nursing from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited program
  • A bachelor's degree in nursing from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited program
  • Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the U.S.
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist in the U.S.
  • Prior to beginning clinical experiences in a New York clinical facility, students must submit a copy of their current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in New York; this is required by the New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Proof of current, national certification as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist
  • Successful completion of a graduate-level statistics course within the past five years
  • Submission of a 500-word personal statement that addresses: why the student is seeking advanced education in general and specifically at Binghamton University; unique aspects of the student's background that will contribute to the DSON graduate community (for example, extracurricular, work or volunteer experiences); and goals the student hopes to achieve upon completion of the program
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae

*International students are ineligible to apply to the DNP program due to U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations

Application procedures

Information on admissions, financial aid, housing, program costs and visiting Binghamton University's campus (including a virtual tour) is presented on the Graduate School website.

Complete instructions for applying to Binghamton University are available on the Graduate School's how to apply webpage. If you have questions regarding application submission, contact the Graduate School at 607–777–2151 or gradadmission@binghamton.edu.

If you have a felony or child abuse conviction
Students who have a felony or child abuse conviction are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of the Decker School of Nursing and/or to meet licensure requirements for nursing or advanced practice licensure. If you have concerns about this, you are advised to contact the Decker Academic Advising and Student Services Office, the undergraduate or graduate program director or the Dean's Office. You are required to report felony convictions while enrolled in the Decker School of Nursing as it may change your progression and ability to be placed in a clinical agency. To learn if felony/child abuse convictions will negatively impact your ability for licensure, check with the State Board of Nursing in the state in which you plan to practice.