Applications for the DNP program are currently not being accepted. We hope to re-open the application process in the near future.
As the highest clinical degree in nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program provides additional knowledge and skills in many aspects related to patient care, such as informatics, technology, and health care policy.
With the knowledge explosion in healthcare, advanced education in nursing is essential to meet the health care needs of the consumer. The DNP credential affords advanced practice nurses the opportunity to gain knowledge regarding necessary elements needed to deliver innovative, evidence based practice. The DNP program can be completed in a post-Bachelor’s or post-Master’s plan of study.
- Daemen's DNP Program has been granted initial 5 year accreditation by NLNAC.
- DNP students gain hands-on experience creating a specific program for a patient population.
- The DNP program at Daemen provides mentorship establishing a program for patients in various hospital and community clinical settings.
- Students work closely with faculty to establish a clinical program focused on their interests and expertise.
- Students receive 1 on 1 mentoring to develop project ideas.
Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, the graduate will:
- Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences as the basis to attend to health and illness experiences of individuals, groups, and communities.
- Demonstrate systems analysis to work collaboratively in the development, implementation, and evaluation of quality health care models.
- Use analytic methods to critically appraise literature and evidence from the health sciences in the development of practice guidelines and deliverance of direct patient care to individuals, groups, and communities.
- Disseminate results of scholarly work within the college and outside the college environment.
- Demonstrate leadership in the evaluation and resolution of ethical and legal issues within healthcare systems relating to the use of information, information technology, communication networks, and patient care technology.
- Demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of institutional, local, state, federal, and/or international health policy through critical appraisal of health policy proposals, health policies and related issues.
- Formulate and deliver population focused health care on the basis of synthesis of epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental, psychosocial dimensions, and cultural diversity and evaluation of health care delivery models.
- Contribute to professional nursing through leadership, education, and advocacy within the policy and health care communities.
- Influence professional nursing through leadership, education, and advocacy of healthcare policy and in healthcare communities.
Post-Baccalaureate applicants must enroll in the Adult Nurse Practitioner program.
Applicants must meet the following criteria for graduate admission:
- Possession of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLNAC/ACEN or CCNE accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a foreign university or college.
- Nurses who hold a Bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field may be eligible for the RN to MS Accelerated Pathway.
- One year practice as a registered professional nurse (or equivalent).
- Completion of undergraduate statistics course with a grade of “C” or better.
- Cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above (on a 4.0 scale) from all colleges/universities attended. Applicants with GPAs below 3.25 in undergraduate studies may be admitted on a provisional basis if they submit evidence of the potential to be successful in graduate studies.
- New York State licensure and current professional nurse registration.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Letter of intent.
- Interview with nursing faculty.
- Master’s degree in advanced practice nursing (APN) from an accredited nursing program. An APN program is defined as nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse anesthetist, or a nurse midwife program.
- New York State licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN).
- New York State licensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or eligibility to practice according to specialty standards.
- Three reference letters attesting to applicant’s academic ability and potential. One letter must be from a professional colleague (waived for Daemen College MS graduates).
- A written personal goal statement that is congruent with program goals objectives.
- Submission of a resume or curriculum vitae.
- Previous completion of graduate or undergraduate statistics course with grade of “C” or better.
- Previous completion of graduate level nursing courses (or their equivalent) with a grade “B” or better: Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, Qualitative Research, Quantitative Research within the past 4 years, or a minimum of 2 years APN practice within the last 5 years.
- Personal interview with DNP faculty member.
- One professional writing sample 3-5 pages in length (i.e. position paper, program proposal, analysis of problem, excerpt from capstone).
- An on-site writing assignment at the time of the interview (waived for Daemen nurse practitioner graduates).
- Current practice as an advanced practice nurse.
For more information, or if you would like to visit the Nursing Department to talk with faculty, please call 716-839-8387.