Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

Why choose the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program at Molloy College?

The D.N.P. degree is an innovative program which prepares expert, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to be leaders in meeting the healthcare needs of the 21st century. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its landmark publication "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," has called for an increase in doctoral prepared nurse leaders to address the needs of society and the growing aging population. Nursing has been challenged with changing the health care system to improve patient outcomes, reduce costs, eliminate health disparities, prioritize prevention and improve access and utilization of health services, with a focus on the primary care arena.  Graduates of the Molloy DNP program are in a unique position to lead this endeavor.

The license-qualifying Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is designed for registered nurses who hold a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing and is offered in the following population foci: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adulty-Gerontology.

Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists who hold a Master's degree may be eligible to enter our DNP Program with advanced standing (post-masters entry).

Advanced Certificate Programs are offered for nurses with an advanced degree (masters or doctoral) to continue their education by preparing them for APRN roles or an additional APRN population focus.

A gap analysis is conducted to confirm previous coursework taken and validate the number of clinical hours performed at the Master's level. 

At Molloy College, the D.N.P. Program builds upon five of the existing advanced-practice nursing tracks: 

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Molloy's D.N.P. program hybrid format will prepare you for an expanded comprehensive nurse practitioner role that includes critical thinking, independent decision making in clinical practice, leadership, education, policy and the ability to apply the latest evidence-based science to improve clinical practice outcomes.


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