William Paterson University Offers New BSN to MSN to DNP Nursing Degree Program

William Paterson University is launching a new nursing program that provides a pathway to the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree to nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree.

The BSN-MSN-DNP Program offers nurses the ability to earn a master of science in nursing (MSN) in two tracks: adult gerontology nurse practitioner in primary care, and family nurse practitioner. Upon completion of the MSN degree, participants are eligible to take the national certification examinations and seamlessly continue into the DNP program.

The innovative curriculum offers two classes per semester in a blended delivery of in-person and online instruction. Two of the courses in the master’s degree portion of the curriculum apply toward the DNP degree, thereby reducing the number of DNP-level courses. The BSN-MSN DNP program can be completed in 4 ½ to 5 years in the adult gerontology nurse practitioner track (71 credits) and 5 ½ years for the family nurse practitioner track (79 credits).

“The need for more educated nurse practitioners with DNP degrees is greater than ever due to the complexity of the health care system, and the need for quality patient care and positive health outcomes,” says Kem Louie, PhD, APN, FAAN, professor of nursing and director of graduate nursing programs at William Paterson. “Nurses with DNP degrees will be practicing at the highest clinical level. The program is offered in a blended format, enabling working nurses to advance their nursing careers in a variety of health care settings.”

The deadline for applications for the BSN-MSN-DNP program is August 1, 2021 for courses beginning in fall 2021. To learn more about the BSN-MSN-DNP program or to apply, visit the William Paterson University Graduate Admissions website, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at graduate@wpunj.edu, or contact Dr. Kem Louie at  Louiek@wpunj.edu.