The College of Staten Island (CSI) DNP program is approved by the University of the State of New York, the State Education Department and is eligible for accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

About the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is the highest level of preparation for clinical nursing practice. The degree was espoused by the Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the accrediting body that sets standards for academic nursing.  National concerns about the complexity of care, quality and safety, cost, and a shortage of doctoral nurse leaders led to the development of the DNP.  
The DNP prepares nurse leaders for positions in direct care as an APRN (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Specialist) or an organizational role, such as a career in public health, healthcare policy, nurse education, executive leadership/ administration, informatics.
About the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Graduates are prepared to influence health outcomes through the provision of quality care, translation of research, establishing best practice, integration of technology, leadership and policy development.
The program prepares the advanced practice nurse to analyze complex clinical and organizational issues and create improvements in health care delivery models. They will do this through development of scholarly inquiry culminating in a project of publishable quality.
Students begin the program as a cohort, taking 2 evening courses each semester and summers, which means that they progress at the same pace until completion.
Admission to the program:
Students who apply to the program must meet the following criteria:

  • Official baccalaureate transcript(s) documenting a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale.
  • Evidence of successful completion of baccalaureate undergraduate courses in nursing research; statistics; health assessment/physical examination; community health nursing; leadership and management in nursing; general chemistry; and pharmacotherapeutics.
  • Two recommendation letters supporting the applicant is potential for completing graduate studies; one must be from a current nursing supervisor or recent professor who can address the applicant’s clinical performance.
  •  One year of relevant experience in clinical practice as a registered nurse as determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee, and three years before a student can enter the primary care courses.
  • Current and unencumbered certification and/or licensure as an advanced practice nurse in New York State
  • Recent Curriculum Vitae.  
  • Personal Statement: Instructions: All doctoral degree applicants must answer 1-4. Your personal statement should be 500 words, 2 to 4 pages in length total, double-spaced with one-inch margins, in 12-point font. We want to know more about you – your life and goals, your challenges and strengths, and the clinical path that you have chosen that has lead you to this point in your career.  Be sure to include the following questions:
  • Why have you decided to apply to this program?
  • How has advanced practice nursing affected health care delivery in the USA?
  • What are your personal goals as a Doctor of Nursing Practice?
  • Describe an example from your nursing career where your clinical leadership fostered a successful outcome for one or more patient

Application deadline: March 23rd for September Admission. 

Advanced Standing Applicants
Students with a Master’s Degree, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner or Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.
Each application is reviewed individually to ascertain which courses are necessary to complete the program.
Advanced standing status applicants must submit:

  • Official Transcripts of Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner /Master’s Degree in nursing documenting a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale.
  • Two recommendation letters supporting the applicant is potential for completing graduate studies; one must be from a current nursing supervisor or recent professor who can address the applicant’s clinical performance.
  • Recent Curriculum Vitae
  • Current certification and/or licensure as an advanced practice nurse in New York State
  • ANCC or AANP national certification
  • Minimum of three years appropriate full-time clinical experience as a Registered Professional Nurse/Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist as determined by the doctoral nursing faculty.

Personal Statement: See DNP above
Applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis when all official transcripts and supporting documents have been received.
Application deadline: March 23rd for September Admission.