Leading Transformation

Located within Russell Sage College’s School of Health Sciences, our DNS program will prepare you to become an innovative and transformative leader and educator in nursing.


The Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS) program at the School of Health Sciences at Russell Sage College prepares expert nurses to be innovative, transformational educators and leaders in both academic and health care settings.

This DNS degree will prepare you for the next step in your career. The goal of our Doctor of Nursing Science program is to enhance the nursing profession by putting more qualified, knowledgeable nursing professionals in the field.

Program Distinctions

Russell Sage College has been providing nursing education for almost 100 years. Our graduates are highly respected within the academic and health care communities. Graduates assume leadership positions in higher education, leading health care organizations and the military.

DNS Faculty

Faculty are not only experts in nursing — they are experts in teaching nursing. Because most of our faculty are also involved in clinical practice and leadership, they understand where you’re coming from. The Russell Sage College nursing faculty pride themselves on providing caring and individualized attention to each student to help you make the most of your degree and make a difference in our shared profession.

Your Future

Graduates of the DNS program go on to assume faculty and leadership positions within academic and health care settings. They advance education, research and scholarship, while influencing policy, legislation and the public about issues in nursing and health care.


Nurses with a Doctor of Nursing Science degree are advanced practice clinicians in health care facilities and faculty members in nursing education programs throughout New York, Vermont, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Hybrid On-Campus and Online Experience

Students come from all over the Northeast to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Science degree at Russell Sage College. Over the first three years of the program, students complete 6-7 credits per semester in an online learning format. Students come to campus only three weekends per semester and complete additional learning in a hybrid online learning format. This makes it an easy option for students with busy lives and careers.


Upon completion of the didactic content, students develop and formally defend their doctoral dissertation.

Cohort-Based Community

The Doctor of Nursing Science program provides a foundation for scholarly dialogue between academic and organization leaders. These leaders then collaborate in shaping nursing practice, curricula, policy and patient outcomes.


The program is cohort-based — each fall, a cohort of expert nurses (who already have master’s degrees) are admitted and advance through the program together. This supports the development of a learning community.

Program Objectives

The Nursing department strives to provide the Doctor of Nursing Science program in an environment that emphasizes the development of individuals as professional nurses with a vision of their own power and a clear sense of self and their professional role.

DNS Application Requirements

  • A master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program or its international equivalent.
  • A GPA in the master’s program of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. (For those who have not achieved a GPA of 3.5, a small percentage of candidates may be admitted on a provisional basis.)
  • An application to Sage Graduate School [PDF 202 kb]
  • All official transcripts from all graduate programs attended.
  • An academic curriculum vitae including participation in research, community organizations, professional organizations, continuing education, certifications, and publications.
  • Interview with core faculty or program director.


  • Three letters of recommendation from academically qualified individuals. These letters should specifically address the candidate’s strengths, evidence of potential to become a leader/educator in nursing, ability to complete program successfully, and vision for role upon completion of the program.
  • A writing sample: three to four page essay addressing your personal philosophy of education and leadership, post-doctorate career goals, and how you anticipate the program will help you achieve those goals.
  • Current registered nurse license or its international equivalent.

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