Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Why Earn a DNP?

Every nurse is dedicated to attentive, thorough patient care. A doctorate in nursing provides deeper insights into the healthcare system and gives you the tools to lead others.

Why Earn a DNP from SUNY Downstate?

Quality of care shouldn't depend on where you live, or what you earn. All too often, though, it does. As a student in Downstate's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, you'll explore the factors that affect health care across individuals and communities. And what can be done to narrow the gap.

This hybrid program mixes online course work with monthly, face-to-face seminars.

At Downstate, Brooklyn's only academic health center, you'll build an intimate knowledge of the health care system by collaborating with physicians, researchers and others. Together, you'll use data to improve patient care and build new care routines.

What You Will Learn

  • Our curriculum focuses on the three big goals of quality healthcare: Improving the patient experience, reducing health care expenses and improving population health.
  • Coursework emphasizes evidence-based practice; quality improvement; systems leadership; analytical methods for evidence-based practice; information technology; health care policy and advocacy; and interprofessional collaboration for improving individual and population health outcomes.
  • Curriculums follow guidelines established by leading voices in the field, such as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

College of Nursing

  • Phone: (718) 270-7600

Careers & Outcomes

Nurses everywhere are perpetually in demand—and graduates of SUNY Downstate's master's program in nursing find opportunities in every kind of healthcare setting.

Job Titles

  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner


  • SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Hospital
  • Northwell Health
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • NYU Langone Health
  • Maimonides Medical Center
  • Kings County Hospital Center
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)



Women's Health Nurse Practitioner track

Focus on obstetrics and gynecology in this program, which prepares you to assess patient needs and design customized healthcare plans.

Family Nurse Practitioner track

The focus of this program is family health and prepares you to assess patient needs and design customized healthcare plans across various practice settings.

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Meet Our Faculty

Downstate's faculty aren't just adept at care—they are trailblazers on the forefront of nursing innovation, scholarship, and thought leadership with a commitment to driving a more diverse and inclusive nursing workforce. Faculty here have launched a program expanding enrollment to veterans from diverse backgrounds, won millions in grants to support disadvantaged students, studied ways to improve reproductive care for women with disabilities, and contributed to the National Black Women's Health Project, to name a few.

Meet Our Faculty

Program Highlights


Proven methods.

Our nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a nationally recognized organization.

Practice makes perfect.

Our Simulation Laboratory features a labor and delivery room, isolation room, critical care beds and step-down unit beds. Students can practice health assessment, psychomotor skills, critical thinking and teamwork.

Shine at Downstate.

Exceptional students can join Sigma Theta Tau, the national honor society of nursing.

Graduate Level Scholarship Opportunity

If you were the first in your family to attend college, or are from an underserved community, you may be eligible for a scholarship worth up to $30,000.

Students with a bachelor's degree can complete the DNP program in seven semesters. Students with a master's degree and APRN certification can complete the program in six semesters.

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