Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


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    Computer Mediated Distributive Learning and On-Site Residencies

    Dr. ShurpinProgram Overview

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice* (DNP) degree was adopted by the Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in response to a number of societal, scientific, and professional developments. Among these, the nursing shortage and the crisis in the health care system have collectively called for a major paradigm shift that will empower the advanced practice nurse to respond to these developments as they evolve over time. The DNP degree represents the attainment of the highest level of preparation in specialty nursing practice.

    The DNP Program at Stony Brook University School of Nursing will prepare diverse clinical leaders who can influence health care outcomes, critically appraise evidence and facilitate the transition of best evidence to best practices. The DNP graduate will ensure accountability for quality health care, utilize information technology to support and improve patient outcomes and health care systems, and set, influence, and implement health policy that will secure improvements in global population health. Interprofessional teams with collaborative leadership will enable the DNP graduate to analyze complex practice and organizational issues and effect improvements in health care delivery models.

    The DNP program at Stony Brook University School of Nursing is offered using an on-site, executive cohort model. Throughout the program, doctoral students will develop the foundational, clinical, organizational, systems, and leadership skills necessary for transforming health care delivery and improving outcomes for selected vulnerable patients and populations. Through development of a selected DNP project and participation in DNP Residencies, students may pursue study in various areas of clinical inquiry. The faculty of the School of Nursing is committed to a spirit of collaboration and mentorship. A major focus of the program is development of a community of scholars, fostering a commitment to lifelong learning, and cultivating an area of clinical scholarly inquiry.

    Currently, entry into the DNP program is at the Post-Master’s level. The program length is 42 credits (minimum of 500 clinical hours) and can be completed in 24 months. We anticipate admitting a cohort of students to the DNP Program at Post-Baccalaureate entry in summer 2016. Please follow application information and deadlines for this program on the Prospective Student section of our website.


    Dr. Dolores Bilges
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    * Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) ( will review the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program for accreditation at the next site visit (2012)