Graduate Nursing

Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner


Classes are held one or two evenings per week to allow nurses to continue their employment while attending school.

With expert clinical faculty and a myriad of clinical sites, Dominican College prepares graduates to fill roles as advanced practice nurses poised to meet the challenges of provision of quality health care in the 21st century.

The program offers BSN graduates a convenient format in which to obtain their advanced practice degree. Classes are held 1-2 evenings per week and allow nurses to continue their employment while attending school. Some courses are offered as hybrid on-line. All students must complete 750 clinical hours in addition to course work. Students have up to 5 years to complete the program. All clinical courses are taught by advanced practice nurses. After successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Program Description

The Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner program is for students who already possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing and wish to become advanced practice nurses.

The curriculum for the Master of Science degree program integrates current trends in practitioner research, practice, and education. To be awarded the master’s degree, a student must successfully complete 42 graduate credits including 750 clinical hours.

FAQsAdmissions ProcessCurriculum
Can I work full-time and still meet the demands of the program?
The curriculum is offered in a convenient format 1-2 evenings per week, to make it easy for a working nurse to return to school. Your class nights and times will not change during your time here, so you can plan your working schedule and arrange time off in advance. Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and begin at 5:30 p.m.

How long do I have to complete the program?
You decide how long you want to take to complete the program. You can complete the program in as little as 24 months, but you have up to 5 years– in case life gets in the way.
Your clinical hours each semester are flexible and scheduled by you with your individual preceptor. If you have difficulty finding a clinical site, the Division provides help.

How many courses must I take a semester?
That depends on how quickly you wish to complete the program. If you want to finish in 24 months, you will take 2 courses per semester: One class on Tuesday evening and one class on Thursday evening. If you want to finish in 3 years, you will take 1 course each semester for the first 2 years and then double up in your last year. If you want to take your time and finish in 4 years you will just have to take 1 course a semester.

Is there a licensure examination?
There is no licensure examination but there is a national certification exam. In New York State, at this time, certification is not required, however, we highly recommend you sit for National Certification soon after completing the program.

What is the difference between licensure and certification?
Licensure gives a person the right to engage in a profession. A license is based on 2 criteria: education and measure of competence. Certification assumes that a professional has mastered a body of knowledge and acquired skills in a particular specialty area.

National Certification is often required for credentialing. Medicare, Medicaid and the Department of Veteran Affairs as well as Health Insurance companies require certification. Credentialing is also required for reimbursement.

Certification examination choices are:

  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
  • The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP)

Either examination is acceptable.

Who teaches clinical courses?
Every instructor who teaches a clinical course has either a Master’s or Doctoral degree and continues to see patients in their specialty area

Applications are submitted through the Office of Graduate Admissions and are reviewed when they are completed. Since there are limited number of seats available, the later we received the complete application, the less likely it is to receive full consideration. All application materials including transcripts, letters of recommendation, applicant essay and RN license must be submitted by the deadline dates

  • Deadline for the Fall Priority Admission is:  March 1.

Interviews will be scheduled in March and April.

Decisions will be made May 1. All applicants will be notified by mail

  • Deadline for Fall  Regular Admission is: May 1.

Interviews will be scheduled for May and June

Decisions will be made July 1. All applicants will be notified by mail.


All candidates for admission must show evidence of:

  • Baccalaureate level health assessment
  • Introductory nursing research
  • Introductory statistical methods


  • Baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited, license qualifying nursing program
  • Current license to practice registered professional nursing in New York State, or eligibility to hold a license in New York State.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate work, with a B course grade for each undergraduate nursing course, and a B average in all coursework in the natural sciences.
  • An official transcript from all post- secondary schools
  • Three letters of recommendation on official letterhead (at least one must attest to your clinical skills).
  • Personal essay that includes a statement of your career goals

In addition to the admission requirements, the following are also required for entry into the Family Nurse Practitioner program:

  • Professional liability/malpractice insurance ( at the time of your admission decision)
  • An interview with the Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Current and up-to-date health and immunization records

To learn more:

Schedule of Courses

Year 1: Fall   8 credits Year 1: Spring   7 credits Year 1: Summer   6 credits
NR 500 Comprehensive Health Assessment: 4 cr                NR 520 Principles of Pathophysiology: 4 cr NR 540 Pharmacology in Health and Disease: 4 crNR 580 Theoretical Foundations: 3 cr NR 660 Advanced Practice II: 4 crNR 560 Role Differentiation in Advanced Practice Nursing: 2 cr
Year 2: Fall   7 credits Year 2: Spring   7 credits Year 2: Summer
NR 640 Advanced Practice I:4 cr NR 600 Nursing Research Praxis I: 3 cr NR 680 Advanced Practice III4 cr NR 610 Research Praxis NR II: 3 cr NR 700 Integrated Advanced Practice Nursing: 4 cr Elective: 3 cr


NR 730: Power, Politics, and Policy

NR 750: Financing the Health Care Delivery System

NR 770: Curriculum Design in Nursing

NR 790: Measurement and Evaluation

*Students complete 750 hours of clinical practice and a final written project to satisfy degree requirements.