Molloy now offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree

Molloy College now offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. This is Molloy's second doctoral program; the College began offering a Ph.D. in Nursing in 2010.

The DNP degree is a clinical practice-focused program in Nursing that will prepare advanced practice nurses to design, implement, manage and evaluate health care delivery systems and patient populations based upon research utilization. The clinical-based DNP program represents a complementary alternative to the research-based PhD program already in existence at Molloy College. Emphasis will be placed on practice inquiry and evidence-based translational research. Translational research bridges the gap between methods and knowledge identified in scientific research, and clinical applications that will improve the overall population. 

"Graduates of our new DNP program will be at the forefront of transformation of health care better serving the needs of patients, families, groups and communities in an increasingly complex, challenging and changing health care environment," said Jeannine D. Muldoon, Ph.D., R.N., Dean of the Division of Nursing. "Armed with the additional knowledge, skills and acumen to translate research to practice, they will be leaders in effecting change through evidence-based clinical practice."

"Our new DNP degree has a strong emphasis on inter- and intra-professional collaboration, translating research into practice for populations of patients and the improvement of systems of care delivery," said Joan Ginty, DNP, RN, ARNP, BC and Assistant Dean and Director of the new DNP program. "Our new DNP students will take several classes with our Ph.D. students and will also take two classes with students in Molloy's Healthcare MBA program."

Molloy College students admitted to the DNP program will complete a total of 37 credits beyond the Nurse Practitioner specialty track program requirements. The DNP program format is composed of nine common core courses totaling 27 credits.  The four Residency courses will add 10 credits to the program. Threaded throughout the individual course objectives are the concepts of policy development, business acumen, translational research, advanced practice, leadership, scholarly writing, informatics and media savvy.

For more information about the DNP degree, please contact Dr. Joan Ginty at or 516 323 3739 to set up an appointment.