Doctor of Nursing Practice

Semester Begin Date

  • Fall Semester - late August

DNP Tuition - Per credit 1-11

  • NYS Resident = $748/credit
  • Non Resident = $1,343/credit

The part-time DNP doctoral program at Upstate is designed for the master's prepared Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). It is a clinical doctorate designed for those in clinical practice and in areas that support clinical practice, such as organizational management, leadership and policy.

The program is 89 semester hours. However, the CNS and NP prepared student needs only to complete approximately 40 semester hours for the DNP — three years of part-time study with approximately 6 credits per semester. The DNP program has a hybrid design.

A nurse with a DNP is prepared for an expanded clinical role that encompasses populations and systems, as well as individual patients. In the career setting, a nurse with the DNP degree designs, applies and evaluates research and generates evidence to promote safe, effective and equitable patient care.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is designed to meet the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Program Highlights

  • Hybrid, part-time MS-to-DNP track
  • Build on your Master's Degree!
  • Designed for the working professional.
  • SUNY tuition is a plus for New York State residents. Financial aid is available.
  • Approximately 6 credits per semester; 6 or 7 semesters total for DNP.
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Application Period
DNP Program
October 15, 2014 –
February 1, 2015
Joyce Scarpinato, DNP,PNP-BC,FNP-C
Joyce Scarpinato, DNP,PNP-BC,FNP-C
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Suzi Koshy, RN, FNP

Upstate's excellent, flexible and innovative education helped me achieve my dreams of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. Through the hard work, dedication and generous support of the faculty, I enjoyed the privilege of an excellent education.
— Suzi Koshy, RN, FNP