BSN to DNP Program

In this new program, nurses with BSN are provided with a path to seamlessly obtain both their MSN and DNP degree.

After applying to the program, the nursing student would complete the courses required for the MSN degree in one of two tracks: 1) adult-gerontology nurse practitioner in primary care (AGNP) or 2) family nurse practitioner (FNP) and will then be eligible for the nurse practitioner national certification examinations. The MSN curriculum includes two DNP courses. Upon completion of the MSN, the student is admitted seamlessly into the DNP program, which prepares nurses with the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure the best quality of care and provide positive patient outcomes. 

The total number of credits for the AGNP track consists of 39 credits in the MSN and 32 credits in the DNP for a total of 71 credits. The number of credits for the FNP track consists of 47 credits in the MSN and 32 credits in the DNP for a total of 79 credits. To provide flexibility for working nurses, the program includes two courses per semester where one is fully online and other is hybrid.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements: 

Online application and application fee of $50

  • A BSN transcript with a minimum GPA  of 3.0
  • Undergraduate prerequisite courses in statistics, health assessment, and nursing research*
  • A current resume including the names of two references (both former faculty and current manager/supervisor) 
  • Currently working as as an RN
  • An active NJ RN license

*Upon satisfactory completion of the MSN program, you will be admitted to the DNP program.

Application Deadline:

  • August 1st: Fall semester 
  • December 1st: Spring semester 
  • *Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis 

Professor Cheryl Hollema
DNP Coordinator - Graduate Nursing Programs

Jami Jennings, Program Assistant