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NLN Center of Excellence

DNP Programs

Prepare for the highest level of nursing. Choose our Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner doctorate in nursing degree.

The DNP (doctorate in nursing practice) program prepares nurses to be comprehensive care practitioners who provide fully accountable and continuous care and includes the entire spectrum of adults including young adults, adults, and older adults to patients across settings and during transitions. The DNP graduate is prepared to improve health and care outcomes through the translation of new science, its application and evaluation. In addition, the DNP graduates will generate evidence through their practice to guide improvements in practice and outcomes of care.

**Adelphi University’s CPNH is currently only accepting applicants with advanced standing to the DNP program. In order to apply, you must hold a Master of Science degree as a Nurse Practitioner with an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Focus. 

Why should I enroll?

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  • State-of-the-art, 18,000-square-foot clinical simulation laboratory with the latest education technology, housed in the College of Nursing and Public Health’s new Nexus Building and Welcome Center
  • Program offered part-time with some required courses offered on line
  • Students work directly clients through extensive required clinical practice, including an intensive residency and the completion of an evidence-based practice or a translational research project
  • Students who already have an adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner MS and are licensed can apply for advanced placement, reducing the required credits and clinical residency hours for the program
  • Side-by-side experience with nurse practitioner faculty
  • Individualized educational planning and advisement
  • Variety of clinical settings, including community health clinics, health maintenance organizations, specialty clinics, correctional facilities and private medical practices
  • Preparation for national certification exam and state licensure 

What will I study?

Students complete courses and advanced precepted clinical work focusing on care of clients that includes the entire spectrum of adults, young adults, adults, and older adults across settings and during transitions. Students are prepared to complete a project following four courses on proposal and project development.

» View course requirements

Who are the faculty members?

Doctorally-prepared faculty (PhD and DNP) are expert clinicians and are NPs with expertise in evidence based practice. Other doctorally-prepared faculty teaching in the program are experts in research methods, ethics, genetics, health policy, population health, and healthcare finance. Faculty conduct research with clients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, genetic disorders, or on geriatric health and ethical issues in healthcare.

» View the nursing and public health faculty list

 How much will it cost?

» Find specific tuition and financial aid details

How do I apply?

 In addition to a completed application for graduate admission and application fee, applicants must submit:

  • Official transcripts showing a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and B or above in all science and nursing classes
  • A master’s degree from an accredited program with adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner focus
  • New York State nurse practitioner license (or be license-eligible)
  • Final transcript documenting bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • A 500 word written essay addressing your vision of your future role with a DNP degree.
  • 3 letters of reference from doctorally-prepared nursing faculty or colleague. At least two of these references should be from a supervisor or faculty member.

Applicants must also conduct an interview with a current faculty member in the program and must have a minimum of 1 year working experience post-baccalaureate.

Applicants are currently being accepted for Fall 2020.

» Apply now to the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner DNP program

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College of Nursing and Public Health
Nexus Building, 3rd Floor
p – 516.877.4510

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