Doctor of Nursing Practice FAQs


The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree prepares individuals at the highest level of practice and is considered a terminal clinical practice degree. The clinically based DNP program at Molloy prepares advanced practice nurses (NPs and CNSs) to design, implement, manage, and evaluate health care delivery systems and patient populations based upon research utilization. The clinically based DNP program represents a complementary alternative to the research-based PhD program. Emphasis is placed on practice inquiry, evidence-based practice, and translational research. Translational research bridges the gap between knowledge identified in scientific research and clinical applications that will improve overall population and patient outcomes.  Our graduates engage in a variety of roles including leadership, practice, education, and advocacy.


Our students, faculty, and staff make our program special. The culture at Molloy is one of collegiality and support, and is informed by our mission of community, service, spirituality, and study. In addition, the program is both interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary, with opportunities to participate in global medical missions, community outreach, service projects, and policy immersion. Healthcare is evolving, and the DNP program at Molloy prepares our DNP students as clinical scholars who have the knowledge and expertise necessary to address the healthcare needs of our society.


There are two entry points for the DNP.  The post master’s in nursing and post baccalaureate in nursing. Students may enter following completion of the master’s degree and attainment of advanced practice certification and registration as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist. This program of study takes three years to complete part time. Students may also enter the DNP program post-baccalaureate and complete the program in 5 years part time.


There have been a wide variety of meaningful projects conducted by our students, from a ZIKA virus program conducted in Jamaica, W.I. to a Palliative Care program conducted in an ICU. We are tremendously proud of all our students and the DNP Projects they have conducted. These projects have had a direct impact on patient and population outcomes. All our students have disseminated their projects with poster and podium presentations, either locally, nationally, and internationally. We are also proud of our DNP alumni who have become published authors.


We prepare clinical scholars who will have a positive impact on patients, populations, and communities. Writing is part of the process, so we offer support services such as our writing center and faculty assistance. Time management, work life balance, and wellness is all considered part of the doctoral process, and your DNP faculty are there to assist you on this personal journey of growth; one that will change you forever!