Nilar Way - Nursing Student

Program Highlights

Two pathways: The path that RNs in this program take is determined by the degree they already hold.

B.S. in Nursing to DNP: This 72-credit program is an entry-level pathway for RNs with a current New York state license and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which allows them to earn a doctorate without a master’s degree needed in between. The field experiences range from 1,150 to 1,200 clinically precepted, faculty-supervised hours in the students’ population focus and specialty track. Including summers, students can complete this program in three years if full time or five years if part time.

M.S. in Nursing to DNP: This 24-credit program is for master’s prepared Nurse Practitioners who wish to achieve a doctoral degree and are admitted with advanced standing after a gap analysis is conducted to determine if additional credits are needed. In addition to didactic courses, 500 hours of clinical must be completed. If full time, students can complete this program in one year (including summer) or two years on a part-time basis without summer studies.

  • Flexible format: With the exception of in-person clinical practice hours with a preceptor and four in-person Advanced Health Assessment Labs, the program considers the schedule of the working nurse by offering coursework online in a convenient synchronous format with faculty who are expert nurse practitioners and researchers.
  • Work smarter: This program focuses on translating scientific evidence into practice and policy.
  • Focus on equity: Address social determinants of health with the goal of increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion across healthcare settings, including the formulation of policy, advocacy, and social justice initiatives that lead to improved health outcomes and the implementation of innovative quality improvement processes.
  • Become a strong partner: Collaborate in innovative interprofessional clinical practice and research teams and develop stronger systems leadership skills.
  • Be a leader: Create and evaluate healthy work environments and learn to utilize new sustainable care delivery models.

Admission Requirements

Start the program in the fall or spring semesters. Apply today for a January 2025 start.

Applicants to the DNP program must:

  • Be a Registered Nurse with a current unencumbered license
  • Meet Russell Sage graduate admission requirements, including having achieved a 3.0 grade-point average in previous academic programs
  • Complete an online Russell Sage College graduate application
  • Provide transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Submit a one- to two-page career goals essay
  • Provide a current resume
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (one from current supervisor/administrator)

Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the DNP Admissions Committee. During the interview, applicants will be required to write and submit a 250- to 500-word abstract on a clinical question they have identified in their practice.

Note: Applicants with a master’s degree from an accredited Nurse Practitioner program who apply to the DNP program for advanced standing must meet with the DNP program director for a gap analysis to determine eligibility and additional requirements. They must also hold a current New York state RN license and current national certification.

Clinical Partners

Students have the opportunity to complete the required clinical practicums in their region or with tertiary, comprehensive, and community hospitals, primary care clinics, and inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings based on course and track requirements.  

Industry Need

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates demand for Nurse Practitioners is expected to grow by 45% nationally between 2022 and 2032, with NPs making a median annual salary of $126,260.

In New York state alone, the Center for Health Workforce Studies has projected a nearly 56% increase in available NP positions between 2020 and 2023, with the need growing by about 52% in just the Capital Region.

Alumni of our graduate Nursing programs have career opportunities as nurse practitioners, nurse educators, nurse executive-administrators and clinical nurse specialists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for Nurse Practitioners.


the median annual wage for nurse practitioners.


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