Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares advanced practice nurses with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for fully accountable, comprehensive practice with patients, across sites and over time.


With the increasing scope of clinical scholarship in nursing, and the growth of scientific knowledge in the discipline, doctoral level education is required for independent practice. The curriculum includes content which enables graduates to conduct complex diagnostic and treatment modalities, utilize sophisticated informatics and decision-making technology, and assimilate in-depth knowledge of biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral and clinical sciences. The residency and portfolio provide mastery and evidence of competency achievement.


Given the complexity of care, growth of information and biomedical technology, an aging and increasingly diverse population, and worsening disparities in care, the need for a DNP program to prepare clinicians to fill the growing societal need for expert clinicians is timely and necessary.


DNP students will demonstrate expertise in the provision, coordination and direction of comprehensive care to patients, including those who present in healthy states and those who present with complex, chronic and/or comorbid conditions, across sites and over time by meeting the program outcome, the CUSON DNP Competencies for Comprehensive Care. 


The post-baccalaureate program lasts for three years. The first five semesters focus on the advanced practice coursework and clinical rotations which vary across different specialties. In the remaining three didactic semesters, the curriculum is offered as a cohort followed by a mentored and supervised, two semester-long residency.


The post-baccalaureate program for students with a MS degree is six semesters, including four semesters of coursework followed by a mentored and supervised, two semester-long, residency. In the residency students master the Columbia University DNP Competencies in Comprehensive Care. The residency must be in an approved setting which may or may not be in the New York metropolitan area.