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Graduate Program in Nursing Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner 

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 of Study 

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. 


Graduate students will be admitted to Dominican College through the Office of Admissions. Candidates will be considered for admission on a competitive basis in terms of the following criteria. A candidate will: 

  1. Be a graduate of a fully accredited, license-qualifying baccalaureate degree nursing program.  
  2. Hold a license to practice registered professional nursing in New York State and/ or be eligible to hold same. 
  3. Have a minimum of one year of professional experience as a licensed registered nurse.* 
  4. Have earned a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 with a B course grade in each undergraduate nursing course and a B average in all natural sciences coursework.** 
  5. Submit evidence on official transcripts of: (a) baccalaureate level health assessment course; (b) introductory nursing research course; (c) introductory statistical methods course. 
  6. Write a personal essay including a statement of career goals. 
  7. Submit three letters of recommendation on official stationery, at least one of which testifies to the candidate’s clinical skills. 
  8. Submit a complete and current health record, malpractice insurance, and such other documents as are required by the Division of Nursing. 
  9. Submit a completed application with non-refundable application fee. All documents submitted for consideration will be retained by the Office of Admissions and become part of the student’s permanent record. 
  10. The Division Director, in concert with the Coordinator, will review all documents and make recommendations concerning admission. 

* Students without the one year of professional experience may apply for conditional matriculation and may take nonclinical nursing courses while meeting the experience requirement.

** Applicants who have not earned a B in each undergraduate nursing course, and who show evidence of subsequent academic and career accomplishments, are admitted as conditionally matriculated students. On achievement of B+ in Advanced Health Assessment, and Principles of Pathophysiology, student status changes to full matriculation