Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Offered Through Distance Education with On-Site Requirements

  **The School of Nursing is currently only accepting applicants with advanced standing to the DNP program. In order to apply, you must hold a Master of Science degree as an advanced Nurse Practitioner or as a certified Nurse Midwife.

Dr. Marijean BuhseProgram 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 license-qualifying Post-Baccalaureate **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 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is offered in the following population foci: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology-Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric-Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwifery. The Post-Baccalaureate DNP Program is designed for registered nurses who hold a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing. The program length is 87 credits and a minimum of 1,000 hours of scholarly clinical practice are required. Nurse practitioners and nurse midwives who hold a Master’s degree in nursing may be eligible for advanced standing and enter the DNP program at the post-masters level. A gap analysis is conducted to confirm previous coursework taken and validate the number of clinical hours performed at the Master’s level. The program length is a minimum of 42 credits. A minimum of 500 additional hours of scholarly practice are required to meet the 1,000+ post-baccalaureate scholarly practice hour requirement.

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.

DNP Program Outcomes

1. Translate nursing’s discipline specific perspective, theory, and research-based evidence to inform clinical judgment as the foundation for the highest level of advanced practice. (Domain 1) 
2. Synthesize advanced scientific knowledge with collaborative skills recognizing the intersectionality of multiple interdependent and social determinants of health, to design and deliver person-centered care that is holistic, respectful, just, evidenced-based and person-centered. (Domain 2) 
3. Collaborative with traditional and non-traditional partners across settings to determine population-focused priorities, assess system’s capability in addressing population healthcare needs, and lead in the development of healthcare policies and practices for the improvement of equitable population health outcomes. (Domain 3)
4. Advance the scholarship of nursing by applying nursing's unique perspective to lead the translation of evidence into practice to provide optimal care and address health inequities, structural racism, and system inequity. (Domain 4)
5. Apply principles of improvement science to evaluate care quality and safety to design system improvements and health policies that minimize risk of harm to patients and providers for system effectiveness. (Domain 5)
6. Lead inter-professional communication and collaboration to facilitate integration of evidence-based strategies that improve processes within healthcare systems optimizing outcomes for diverse populations. (Domain 6)
7. Optimize system effectiveness by leveraging care coordination, informatics processes and technologies to deliver safe, high-quality, equitable, and efficient healthcare services in accordance with best practice and professional and regulatory standards. (Domain 7 & 8)
8. Model a resilient professional identity embodying accountability, perspective, ethical comportment and a collaborative disposition that is reflective of nursing’s mission to the individual, society and the profession. (Domain 9)
9. Demonstrate self-reflection and cognitive flexibility to promote environments that foster life-long learning, professional growth, self-care, well-being, and resilience; and support the acquisition of nursing expertise and the assertion of leadership. (Domain 10)


Additional Requirements Upon Admission

  • Malpractice Insurance as either a DNP Student or as an NP Student in the program specialty in which the student is enrolled, is Required
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume
  • All newly admitted students will receive an email from the SON Required Documentation email address, shown below, with detailed instruction to utilize the required CastleBranch web-based software system. This system requires a one time fee and is where students will upload and manage required documents.""
  • The School of Nursing COVID Vaccination Requirement - In order to comply with accreditation policies (CCNE and/or ACME) that require that the School of Nursing is responsible to locate clinical placements for all students, and since SBUMC is designated as the default alternate clinical placement site for SON students, all students must be prepared for the eventuality of a clinical placement with the SBUMC. As a result, evidence of a current COVID vaccination is required for all enrolled students.
  • Process for Clinical Experiences

    The Office of Clinical Placements facilitates the processing of clinical placement requests and contracts for all clinical affiliations within the baccalaureate, master’s, advanced certificate, and DNP programs. The office works collaboratively with faculty to secure clinical placement sites for students. Once a suitable site is identified, students submit a clinical placement request form for processing. The office maintains electronic data systems and records related to students, clinical placement sites, clinical affiliation agreements, clinical contracts and preceptors. Central to the clinical placement process for all programs is the establishment of a clinical affiliation agreement and clinical contract which is executed between SUNY and the clinical site. Upon final execution of a clinical affiliation agreement, SUNY procures and provides the site with a certificate of insurance or related protection evidencing the required insurance coverage. The provisions of a clinical affiliation agreement and clinical contract include the responsibilities and mutual terms that are agreed upon during the life of the agreement.


    DNP Program Requirement


                              GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

                          (with Advanced Standing)






    HND 612: Theories of Applied Science


    HND 650: Systems Theory





    HND 647: Doctoral Seminar in Evidence-based Practice


    HND 655: DNP Synthesis I


    HND 665: DNP Synthesis II


    HND 675: DNP Synthesis III





    HND 635: Biostatistics


    HND 645: Large Data Analyses





    HND 615: Genomics





    HND 625: Health Care Policy and Social Justice


    HND 640: Epidemiology and Population Health



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    The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing/Master's degree program in Nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or advanced certificate program at Stony Brook School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

    * The Stony Brook Master of Science, Advanced Certificate, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs in Nurse Midwifery are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 240-485-1802,


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