Online Accelerated Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP
Level Up Your Nursing Practice
Our innovative Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for the master’s prepared family nurse practitioner (FNP), adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGACNP), or psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) allows you to accelerate your career trajectory while evolving your current practice. You will graduate more competent, confident, and ready to make a positive impact on the world.
A Flexible Degree
- Online program—this part-time program includes five synchronous online classes per semester allowing students to fulfill professional and personal commitments while earning their doctorate degree.
- Two on-campus intensives – one at the start for program orientation and one at the end where students present their DNP project work.
- Curriculum meets the essential areas identified by the America Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for the DNP.
- Ability to complete the program in as few as two years (five semesters).
Take Courses Like...
- NURS 860 Evidence-Based Practice: Methods and Techniques, where you will develop a proposal for implementing and evaluating a change in primary health care practice.
- NURS 870 Health Care Economics and Finance for Advanced Practice Nursing, where you will review key economic issues, including cost, efficiency and accessibility affecting healthcare financing and delivery.
- NURS 880 Technology and Information Systems for Advanced Practice Nursing, where you will delve into healthcare technology and its meaningful use in advancing clinical practice.
Add Opportunities and Experiences
DNP students complete an evidence-based clinical practice improvement project under the mentorship of experienced DNP program faculty members. DNP students also have the opportunity to advocate for health policy changes based on their DNP project work at the local, state, or national levels.
“Pace’s DNP program elevates nurse practitioners to be leaders in clinical practice and translational science, improving the delivery of evidence-based, equitable, person-centered, primary health care.” – Jason Slyer, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, DNP, Program Director
Choose Your Career
Our DNP graduates are highly specialized nurse practitioners who possess an advanced level of nursing knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical practice, nursing and organizational leadership, health policy, and translational research.
Where Graduates are Employed
Graduates engage in practice across health care settings, including private practices and prestigious institutions such as New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Medical Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, and more.
NPs ranked as the top job in health care (Source: U.S. News & World Report, 2023).
Increase in NP jobs though 2030
(Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2023)
Median NP salary (Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022)
What You Need to Know
- Be a graduate of an accredited advanced practice nursing master’s degree program.
- Be state certified and board eligible as a family nurse practitioner (FNP), adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGACNP), or psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP).
- Pace's DNP program has an option for adult-primary care, pediatric, geriatric, and women's health master's prepared nurse practitioners who wish to obtain FNP, AGACNP, or PMHNP certification along with the DNP degree. If you are interested in this option, you will need to meet with the program director who will conduct a gap analysis to determine what additional clinical courses will be required.
- Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the DNP Admissions Committee. During the interview, applicants will be required to write a 250-500 word abstract on a clinical question they have identified in their practice.
- Students must complete the DNP with a total of 1,000 supervised practice hours. The number of supervised master’s advanced practice hours will be assessed, and if those hours plus the 450 supervised practice hours in the DNP program are less than 1,000 hours, a plan will be made for accepted candidates to complete those hours within the DNP program.