Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
- Advanced standing FNP-DNP
- Advanced standing Adult Acute Care NP-DNP
Prepare yourself to be a clinical leader in primary healthcare with Lienhard’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
Our DNP graduates are sought by top area facilities as they assume leadership roles in primary healthcare delivery, with the necessary expertise to manage the complexity of new models of care.
- Executive format—Allows you to maintain your career trajectory while completing your degree in three years with five on-campus meetings per semester.
- Opportunities—You’ll have the opportunity to be published internationally before graduation.
- Innovative curriculum—Meets the eight essential areas identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for the DNP.
- Highly interactive and technologically advanced—Hybrid model of online and in-person coursework creates a regular feedback loop throughout the learning process and educates graduates whose practice incorporates the meaningful use of health information technology.
Important Points About the Dnp
The DNP program is a part-time curriculum (6 graduate credits per semester) over three years, offered in an executive blended-learning format. This blended-learning community supports students’ knowledge acquisition through on-campus and online learning. Students meet on campus 5 times per semester, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., with the remaining course work completed online. Classes will meet on Pace’s New York City downtown campus, at 163 William Street. This location is near City Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge, and easily accessible by mass transit. A computer with Internet accessibility is required for course work and communication.
- Family Nurse Practitioner-Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Doctor of Nursing Practice
DNP Bridge Program
Although the Pace FNP-DNP Program is designed for family nurse practitioners (FNPs), Pace now has an option for primary care, adult, adult-gerontology primary care, pediatric, geriatric, and women’s health nurse practitioners with master’s degrees who wish to obtain FNP certification as an FNP-DNP. If you are interested in this option, you will need to meet with the FNP-DNP program director who will conduct a Gap Analysis to determine what additional clinical courses and precepted clinical hours will be required.
Candidates for the DNP program must:
- Be a graduate of an accredited advanced practice nursing master’s degree program.
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in a master’s degree program in nursing, or equivalent professional experience.
- Be licensed as a registered nurse in New York State.
- Be state certified and board eligible as a family nurse practitioner* or adult acute care nurse practitioner.
- Submit a current professional resume.
- Submit a typewritten essay, not to exceed 1000 words, that responds to the following:
- Discuss your two (2) major reasons for pursuing the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Additionally, share how your professional experiences to date have prepared you for doctoral study, and how you foresee the degree enhancing your practice or advancing your career.
- Identify one issue in the United States healthcare system and explore how DNP prepared advanced practice nurses can help address the issue. Discuss the issue in relation to the DNP Essentials [American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2006). The essentials of doctoral education for advanced nursing practice. Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/publications/position/DNPEssentials.pdf.
Essays should be submitted in Times New Roman, 12-point font size, double spaced, with one-inch margins. Include your name and the tile of your statement. Additional information regarding your academic performance or professional experience may also be included as a supplement.
- Submit two letters of recommendation that describe the applicant’s (advanced) clinical practice, potential for achievement in graduate study, and potential for professional achievement. The letters of recommendation should address the applicant’s intellectual ability, ability to work with others, ability in written and oral expression, maturity, initiative/independence, and creativity/originality.
- Submit official transcripts from each academic institution the applicant attended.
No standardized admission test (GRE or Miller Analogy) required.
*If seeking admission to the DNP bridge program, applicants will need to meet with the FNP-DNP program director for a gap analysis to determine eligibility and additional requirements.
- Graduate Admissions will screen applications and submit the completed admission packet for all qualified applicants to the DNP Admissions Committee
- Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the DNP Admissions Committee
- Graduate Admissions will assist the DNP Admissions Committee in setting up and conducting DNP admission interviews
- During the interview with the DNP Admissions Committee, applicants will be required to write a 250–500 word abstract on a clinical question they have identified in their practice
- The DNP Admissions Committee will meet to review outcomes of interviews and select the cohort of up to 24 students, and up to six alternates
- Graduate Admissions will notify all applicants of their status after the selection process has been completed
Application submission deadline early decision March 1, 2017
April 15, 2017, second review based on availability
Instructions For Application
- Applications for the DNP program are submitted online. Click here to apply.
There is a $70 non-refundable application fee (check or money order), payable to Pace University. The deadline for completion and submission of applications is 3/1/17.**
- Transcripts: Please arrange for an official transcript to be sent from each academic institution that you attended to the Office of Graduate Admission.
**or until class is filled