Doctor of Nursing Practice

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice doctorate that prepares advanced practice nurses to be clinical scholars and thought leaders.The DNP program will prepare nurses with knowledge and skills to deliver the highest standard of care for individuals, families, communities and work in interdisciplinary teams in today’s complex healthcare system.  The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone (202) 887-6791, until June 30, 2025.

The Post Masters DNP curriculum includes 41 credit hours that can be completed in seven semesters of full-time study (two courses per semester).  Course work includes:  utilizing technology to advance the quality of care; evaluating health care policy; providing leadership and inter-professional collaboration in multiple health care settings; and evaluating systems responses to health and illness, along with knowledge of nursing theories, related sciences, humanities and economics.  Students must also complete a minimum of 1,000 supervised post Baccalaureate practice hours. 

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Application Deadline

July 1

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Dr. Kem Louie
Program Director, Department of Nursing

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Master’s degree with a major in nursing (advanced clinical practice or nursing administration/management) from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.3 (on 4.0 scale) on prior graduate-level course work.
  • Courses in both statistics and research at the graduate level.
  • Current unencumbered New Jersey registered nurse license to practice professional nursing.
  • Work experience as a registered nurse for a minimum of one year.
  • Advanced practice nurses (NP or CNS) must submit a copy of their current national advanced practice certification. Administration/management master’s prepared nurses may submit national advanced certification if obtained.
  • Verification of the number of supervised clinical hours in the MSN program.
  • Three letters of recommendation that attest to applicant’s academic qualifications.
  • Essay discussing professional goals focusing on recent experience, how the DNP will enhance the applicant's professional development, and career goals upon completion of the program.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • All applicants being considered for admission may be interviewed.
  • A master’s degree with a major in nursing in an advanced clinical practice or in a nursing administration/education/management program accredited by CCNE or NLNAC

Upon successful completion of the DNP, graduates will be able to:

  • Provide advanced nursing care to individuals, families, communities, and clinical populations.
  • Appraise and utilize current technologies to advance the quality and accessibility of care.
  • Critique and selectively translate science to guide clinical decision-making and program development.
  • Evaluate and influence health care policy and systems.
  • Provide leadership and inter-professional collaboration in multiple health care arenas.
  • Evaluate systems responses to health and illness as a basis for the promotion, restoration, and maintenance of health and functional abilities and the prevention of illness.
  • Integrate advanced knowledge of nursing theories, related sciences and humanities, and methods of inquiry.
  • Initiate changes in the healthcare system through the design and implementation of health related projects that strengthen the outcomes in the healthcare delivery system.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, post master's degree certification in adult gerontology and family nurse practitioner and DNP programs at William Paterson University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 and New Jersey State Board of Nursing. The generic baccalaureate nursing program is fully accredited by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing for the period of 2016 - 2024.

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P.O. Box 45010
Newark, NJ 07101
(973) 504-6430