What are the 15 Best Nurse Practitioner Programs in New York (Online & Campus) for 2020?


1) New York University Rory Meyers College Of Nursing - New York


Programs Offered: Dual-Degree BS/MS, MSN, and Advanced Certificates

New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing is the second-largest private nursing school in the entire nation and easily one of the finest nurse practitioner programs in New York. The college’s focus is upon health policy leadership as well as upon clinical excellence. “U.S. News & World Report” ranks Rory Meyer’s MSN program among the top 20 in the U.S. NYU offers five NP specialties in conjunction with its Master’s in Nursing Science degree program. These same five NP tracks can also be pursued as part of NYU’s innovative dual-degree BSN/MSN program and as post-graduate-study certificate concentrations.

Dual-Degree BSN/MSN Concentrations: Adult Acute Care, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Family, Pediatrics, and Mental Health

Rory Meyers is one of the few nursing schools in the U.S. that allows students to pursue a track that includes both bachelor’s degree in nursing and an advanced practice master’s degree. To qualify for admission into this program, applicants must have an associate nursing degree and an RN license. Students are expected to complete at least one graduate nursing course while they are still in the undergraduate part of this dual-degree track. The specific requirements for the nurse practitioner specialties in this track are similar to the requirements for the MSN degree.

MSN Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP, Family NP, Pediatrics NP, and Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

Students can start the master’s degree program in September, January, or May. Once you’ve been accepted into a specific NP track, you cannot transfer to another track. Clinical rotations are scheduled at some of metropolitan New York City’s finest health care facilities, including Mt. Sinai Medical Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, and the New York Presbyterian Health System.

Advanced Certificate Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP, Family NP, Pediatrics NP, and Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

Nurse practitioners who already have master’s degrees in nursing and who are interested in expanding their clinical competencies so that they can work with other patient populations can do so by enrolling in one of NYU Meyers’ advanced certificate concentrations. The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care and Pediatrics NP specialties require candidates to have at least one year of professional experience in those fields.

2) Columbia University - New York


Programs Offered: Post-BSN to DNP, Post-MSN to DNP, DNP Sub-Specialties and Masters Direct Entry (MDE)

Columbia University’s nursing school is a recognized leader throughout the world in nursing education. This nurse practitioner school in New York is committed to the goal of helping to attain health equity for all populations no matter where they live. It was founded in 1892 as a training academy for nearby Presbyterian Hospital. Columbia offers five advance practice concentrations, which applicants can obtain by pursuing a master’s degree, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (either post-BSN to DNP or post-MSN to DNP), or while attaining their DNP. One additional NP specialty is open to DNP candidates with advance practice certification in one of four select fields.

Post-BSN to DNP Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH)

Columbia University’s post-BSN to DNP track takes three years to complete and is only open to fulltime students. The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care track entails 76 to 78 credits while the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care track requires 82 to 84 credits. If you want to become a Family Nurse Practitioner, you must complete 84 to 90 credits. Coursework for the Pediatric Primary Care specialty involves 81 to 83 credits, and the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty consists of 81 to 92 credits. Clinical rotations are scheduled at a variety of hospitals, outpatient centers, community agencies, and other health care providers throughout the tri-state area.

Post-MSN to DNP Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH)

Nurses who already have a Bachelor’s in Nursing Science can become a nurse practitioner in New York by pursuing this track. Students can complete the coursework and clinical hours they need to earn a DNP in 2.5 years. The specific requirements for advance practice preparation are similar to those in the post-BSN to DNP program.

DNP Sub-Concentrations: Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners studying to become family, pediatric, acute care, or psychiatric/mental health primary care specialists can elect to become certified in oncology advance practice as well. Students must choose between an adult oncology curriculum and a pediatric oncology curriculum; both tracks entail taking 8 to 9 additional credits. Students who complete all coursework will qualify to be certified as Pediatric Oncology Nurse Practitioners.

Masters Direct Entry (MDE): Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH)

Students who aren’t nurses but who wish to enter the profession can also become nurse practitioners by enrolling in Columbia’s innovative Masters Direct Entry program. This program is an accelerated course of study that takes 15 months to complete and entails 1,000 clinical hours. Additionally, the MDE program offers students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a practicing RN either at a New York City health care facility or at one of Columbia University’s global integration sites. Candidates can apply to the MDE and DNP programs at the same time. Academic requirements for the five nurse practitioner specialties are similar to the requirements in the DNP program.

3) Molloy College - Rockville Centre


Programs Offered: DNP andPost-Master's Advanced Certificate

Malloy College on Long Island is a Catholic institution of higher learning that’s open to students of all faiths. “Money Magazine” has recognized Malloy as one of the best educational values in the nation, and “U.S. News & World Report,” “The Princeton Review” and “The Wall Street Journal” have all singled the college out as one of the top academic institutions in the northeast. The Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing at Malloy offers four NP specialties as part of its Doctor of Nursing Practice program. These same four specialties can also be pursued as certificate concentrations.

DNP Concentrations: Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (A.G.N.P.), Family Nurse Practitioner (F.N.P.), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (P.N.P.), and Family Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (F.P.M.H.N.P.)

The five advance practice tracks associated with Malloy’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree all focus on primary care as an avenue for improving patient outcomes, eliminating health disparities, and reducing health care costs. Academic coursework is presented in a hybrid format that utilizes both online and classroom learning. The AGNP, PNP, and FPMHNP advance practice specializations entail 45 credits and 580 clinical hours. The FNP specialization requires 48 credits and 715 clinical hours.

Post-Master's Advanced Certificate Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner Primary Care, Adult-Gerontology - Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Candidates hoping to be accepted into Malloy’s post-master’s advanced certificate concentrations must have a current New York RN license and one year of recent experience in the clinical area in which they hope to attain a certificate. The Family Nurse Practitioner Primary Care and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificates both require 29 credits while the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificates both require 26 credits.

4) Stony Brook University, SUNY - Stony Brook


Programs Offered: MSN, DNP, and Advanced Certificate

Stony Brook University is one of several New York NP programs that’s associated with New York’s highly regarded state university system. Stony Brook’s nursing school is committed to tackling New York State’s critical shortage of qualified nurses; the school also focuses on addressing the health needs of underserved populations. Stony Brook University Hospital, which is affiliated with the university, is the only Level 1 trauma center in Suffolk County. Stony Brook administers six NP training programs, which can be taken in conjunction with its MSN and DNP degrees, or as advanced certificate concentrations.

MSN Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Stony Brook’s MSN program will accept registered nurses who hold non-nursing bachelor's degrees. All five nurse practitioner specialties entail completion of 45 academic credits. Students must carry their own malpractice insurance for clinical rotations.

DNP Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology-Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric-Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Post-baccalaureate nurses who are accepted into Stony Brook’s DNP program must take 87 academic credits and 1,000 clinical hours in order to complete the degree. Nurse practitioners and nurse midwives may also be able to enter the DNP program at the post-master’s level. Students will be required to complete a DNP project and participate in a DNP residency in their specific clinical specialty.

Advanced Certificate Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners with graduate nursing degrees have the opportunity to expand their clinical competencies in a new specialty area by enrolling in one of Stony Brook’s advanced certificate concentrations. Individualized study plans are based on a gap analysis of each candidate’s previous transcripts and the state and federal certification requirements for the specialty area to which he or she is applying. The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care and Neonatal specialties require a minimum of 19 credits while the Family Nurse and Psychiatric Mental Health specialties involve a minimum of 22 credits. Students pursuing the Women's Health and Pediatric specialties need to complete a minimum of 20 credits.

5) University Of Rochester - Rochester


Programs Offered: RN to BS to MS, MSN, Post-BS to DNP, MS-PhD, Post-Master's Certificate, and Accelerated Master’s Program for Non-Nurses (AMPNN)

The University of Rochester’s School of Nursing has the only New York State-based graduate nursing degree programs outside of New York City that are ranked in the top 40 nationally by “U.S. News & World Report.” The nursing school is housed at the University of Rochester Medical Center where it shares a campus with the School of Medicine, Strong Memorial Hospital, the Wilmot Cancer Center, and other leading research institutes.

Rochester is the nurse practitioner program in New York that offers the most options for aspiring NPs. The university offers six advance practice specialties: as part of its RN to BSN to MSN, MSN program, post-BSN to DNP, and MS to Ph.D. programs. Students can also pursue these NP tracks as a post-master’s certificate concentration or as an accelerated master’s program for non-nurses (AMPNN.)

RN to BSN to MSN Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (PNP/NNP)

Rochester’s RN to BSN to MSN program is open to diploma or associate degree nurses with current U.S. RN licensure. Students can begin the program in September, January, or May. One year of clinical experience is required for students wishing to pursue the AGPCNP, FNP, PNP, and FPMHNP tracks; one year of experience in an acute care medical environment is required for students enrolling in the AGACNP program. Students interested in the PNP/NNP program must have two years of NICU experience within the last five years. Once BSN core courses have been completed, curricula for specialty NP coursework is similar to the requirements for the MSN concentration.

MSN Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (PNP/NNP)

Nurse practitioner students in Rochester’s MSN track can take part of their required coursework online. The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care specialty involves 47 credits while the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care specialty entails 45 credits. In order to complete the Family Nurse Practice specialty, you’ll need 55 credits. These three specialties all require 672 clinical hours.

To graduate from the Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP program, you’ll need to take 54 credits and 616 clinical hours. The Pediatric Nurse Practice specialty calls for 45 credits and 616 clinical hours, and the Pediatric Nurse /Neonatal Nurse Practice specialty entails 48 credits and 504 clinical hours. Clinical rotations are scheduled throughout an expansive network of health care facilities in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, and other parts of northern New York and the Finger Lakes.

Post-BS to DNP Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (PNP/NNP)

Rochester’s post-BNS to DNP program uses a hybrid learning model that combines online and campus-based classes. Students can pursue this degree online, beginning classes in either September, January, or May. Specific requirements for the six advance practice specialties associated with this academic track are similar to those for the MSN-related advance practice specialties.

MS-PhD Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (PNP/NNP)

Rochester’s Ph.D. in Nursing and Health Science track is a full-time program that’s completely funded by the university. It’s open to ancillary health care professionals, social workers, and speech pathologists as well as to nurses. Requirements for the six NP tracks associated with this degree path are similar to the requirements for the MSN-related advance practice specialties.

Post-Master's Certificate Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP), and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP)

If you’re an NP who’s looking for a way to enhance your scope of practice, Rochester’s post-master’s certificate concentrations have much to offer. They’re open to nurses who already hold MSN degrees. A customized plan of study will be developed for you that’s based on a comparison between your prior coursework and the requirements for NP certification in your specialty area.

AMPNN Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Primary Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

If you’re not a nurse, but you feel that advance practice nursing is your calling, Rochester’s AMPNN program is worth checking out. You’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing in order to be accepted. The first year of the program is devoted to coursework that will help you pass the NCLEX exam so that you can attain your RN license. At this point, Rochester University recommends that students take at least a year off to get some professional experience as a nurse. Once you resume coursework, the accelerated master’s program is similar to the specialization requirements for the traditional master’s. Many clinical rotations are scheduled at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

6) Binghamton University, SUNY - Binghamton


Programs Offered: MSN, DNP, and Post-Graduate Certificate

The Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University is known as a nationwide leader in nursing research. Its graduate Master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are particularly focused upon strategies that will improve health outcomes in rural communities. To that end, the university offers an innovative Family Nurse Practice with a Community Health specialty both as a post-graduate certificate concentration and in conjunction with its MSN and DNP programs. Binghamton also offers three other NP options as part of its MSN, DNP, and post-graduate certificate programs.

MSN Concentrations: Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner with a Community Health Emphasis, Family Health Nurse Practitioner, and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

A full-time student should be able to complete Decker’s MSN program in two years or four semesters; a part-time student should be able to finish in three years. The degree must be finished within five years of the date a student first starts taking classes.

Students will take either 46 or 48 academic credits depending upon the NP option chosen. The Adult-Gerontological Primary Care and Family Nurse Practice specialties require 540 to 660 clinical hours. The Community Primary Care concentration involves 480 to 600 clinical hours, and the Family Psychiatric Mental Health specialty calls for 660 clinical hours. Currently, Decker is only accepting part-time students into its Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track.

DNP Concentrations: Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner with a Community Health Emphasis, Family Health Nurse Practitioner, and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Applicants to Binghamton’s DNP program must either be nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists. If you’re a fulltime student, you can finish the requirements in two years; it will take you three years to complete requirements if you pursue your studies part-time. You must complete a DNP scholarly project. Requirements for the specific NP tracks are similar to the requirements associated with the master’s degree.

Post-Graduate Certificate Concentrations: Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner with a Community Health Emphasis, Family Health Nurse Practitioner, and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

If you’re a nurse practitioner with a master’s degree who thinks you might want to learn a new set of clinical skills, then you should investigate Binghamton’s post-graduate certificate program. Certificate requirements can be completed in as little as four semesters (two years.) Students are required to take 30 to 33 credits, depending upon their field of specialization.

7) Hunter College Of Cuny - New York


Programs Offered: MSN, DNP, and Postgraduate Advanced Certificate

Hunter College is located right in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, so it should come as no surprise that the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing focuses upon preparing NPs for practice in complex urban environments. Applicants to the college’s graduate nursing programs must have a BSN and a current New York State RN license. This college for nurse practitioners in New York offers one NP specialty as a postgraduate certificate concentration, two specialties at the MSN level, and three specialties at the DNP level.

MSN Concentrations: Gerontological/Adult Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The Gerontological/Adult Nurse Practitioner program associated with Hunter’s MSN degree involves 42 credits and 630 hours of precepted clinical experience. The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program requires the completion of 48 credits and 630 hours of precepted clinical experience.

DNP Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP), Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The three NP specialization tracks offered in conjunction with Hunter’s DNP program can be pursued either as a fulltime (five years) or a part-time (six years) option. The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner specialization entails 90 credits and 1,235 clinical hours. The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialization consists of 90 credits and 1,130 clinical hours. The Family Nurse Practitioner track is only open to masters-level FNPs; individual study plans will be customized on the basis of each student’s prior master’s degree coursework.

Postgraduate Advanced Certificate Concentrations: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners who want to expand their scope of practice to include Psychiatric-Mental Health advance practice competencies may want to look into Hunter’s postgraduate advanced certificate concentration. The certificate can be completed in three years of part-time study and requires 36 credits and 630 clinical hours.

8) Pace University - Pleasantville


Programs Offered: MSN and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)

“U.S. News & World Report” gives high marks to Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing. The university uses a hybrid teaching model for its graduate NP program in which online coursework is blended with classes on its Westchester County campus. Three NP specialties are offered in conjunction with its Master’s of Nursing Science degree and advanced graduate studies (CAGS.)

MSN Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

This master’s level nurse practitioner program in New York is only open to RNs who’ve previously earned a BSN degree. The Family Nurse Practice and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practice program entail 42 credits. The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practice track is a part-time program that can be pursued mostly online through campus visits are required several times each semester. Whenever possible, the clinical rotations associated with these NP programs will be scheduled at health care facilities near the student’s own home or place of employment.

CAGS Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Pace’s CAGS concentrations are designed for Master’s-prepared NPs who want to become certified in an additional clinical specialty. Individualized study plans will be developed for each student according to a gap analysis of their master’s coursework. In general, though, the Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner CAGS tracks involve between 18 and 30 credits and 550 clinical hours while the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner involves 30 credits and 550 clinical hours.

9) University At Buffalo-Suny - Buffalo


Programs Offered: Post-BS to DNP, Post-MS to DNP, and Advanced Certificates

The State University of New York is the flagship campus of New York’s state university system. “U.S. News & World Report” ranks SUNY Buffalo’s NP tracks among the best nurse practitioner programs in New York. The university offers three NP specialties in conjunction with its post-BSN to DNP program and five NP specialties in conjunction with its post-MSN to DNP program. Additionally, NPs who want to expand their practice scope have the opportunity to do so through two advanced certificate concentrations.

Post-BSN to DNP Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP), and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Approximately 40 percent of the coursework necessary to complete SUNY Buffalo’s post-BSN to DNP program is available online. Aspiring NPs can complete this program in as little as three years if they pursue their studies fulltime; part-time students have as long as seven years to complete the track. The Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty requires 82 credits; the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty, 97 credits; the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty, 94 credits.

Post-MSN to DNP Concentrations: Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Child Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

SUNY Buffalo offers a DNP program for advance practice nurses who’ve already completed their Master’s of Nursing Science. This program is designed to be completed in five to seven semesters and uses an asynchronous distance learning format so that students can progress at their own pace. The program isn’t designed to educate NPs in a new specialty area but to enhance their clinical competencies in the area they’re already certified in. All five NP specialties require 36 credits and 400 clinical hours, which can be completed at the health care facility in which a student is already employed. Additionally, all post-MSN to DNP students must complete a DNP project.

Advanced Certificate Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner and Family Psychiatric/Mental Health

SUNY Buffalo’s advanced certificate concentrations are designed for licensed nurse practitioners who want to expand their skill set with another clinical specialty. NPs pursuing the Family Psychiatric/Mental Health track must complete between 25 and 45 credits and 400 clinical hours; NPs pursuing the Family Nurse Practitioner track must complete 28 to 37 credits and 600 clinical hours. SUNY Buffalo is not accepting applicants into the Family Nurse Practitioner track in the 2020-2021 academic year.

10) Saint John Fisher College - Rochester


Programs Offered: MSN and DNP

Although Saint John Fisher College was founded by members of the Catholic Basilian order, it welcomes students of all different faiths. If you aspire to graduate from one of the leading nurse practitioner programs in New York, then you must know that “U.S. News & World Report” ranks its MSN program among the top 100 in the U.S. Fisher’s graduate-level NP program offers five nurse practitioner specialties as MSN and DNP concentrations, and as Post-Master’s Certificate Concentrations.

MSN Concentrations: Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (PCFNP), Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Core classes account for 31 credits in the master’s degree program. Beyond that, aspiring nurse practitioners on the Adult/Gerontology Acute Care, Adult/Gerontology Primary Care, and Primary Care Family tracks must take 12 credits and complete 600 clinical hours. Nurses who hope to become Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners must take an additional 19 credits and complete 600 clinical hours.

DNP Concentrations: Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (PCFNP), Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Fisher’s DNP program has two tracks: one for nurses who hold BSNs and the other for nurses who’ve completed an MSN. The former can expect to spend three years completing the program, and they will need to take 62 to 72 credits; the latter should be able to complete the program in six semesters with a minimum of 33 credits. Both sets of students are required to complete 1,000 precepted clinical hours.

Post-Master’s Certificate Concentrations: Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (PCFNP), Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Nurses who have obtained non-NP MSNs or who hold master’s degrees outside of clinical nursing are eligible to enroll in Fisher’s post-master’s certification program. The requirements are comparable to the specific specialty requirements for the MSN-related NP programs.

11) Daemen College - Amherst


Programs Offered: R.N. to M.S., MSN, and Advanced Certificate

Though Daemen College was originally founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, the school today is nonsectarian. Its undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are offered in a flexible format to better serve the needs of working professionals. The college offers one NP specialty as an MSN concentration, as an RN to M.S. (Master of Science) concentration and as an advanced certificate concentration.

R.N. to M.S. Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Are you a diploma RN who’s interested in earning a Master of Science degree while learning the clinical skills necessary to practice as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner? Daemen’s innovative program is an accelerated track that will allow you to fulfill your dream. This program can be pursued part-time or fulltime. You’ll need to take 12 core curriculum credits and 24 credits related to your advanced practice specialty. Additionally, you’ll need to log 500 clinical hours.

MSN Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Daemen also offers an MSN degree for nurses who hold bachelor’s degrees in nursing science. The NP specialty requirements are similar to those for RN to M.S. track.

Advanced Certificate Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Daemen’s certificate track is open to nurses with master’s degrees in any clinical area of nursing who want to become certified as adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners. Applicants must hold current New York RN licenses and have one year of recent experience on a medical-surgical hospital floor. You’ll need to complete 25 credits and 500 clinical hours.

12) Mount Saint Mary College- New York - Newburgh


Programs Offered: MSN and Post-Master's Certificate

“U.S. News & World Report” calls Mount Saint Mary one of the best regional institutions of higher learning in the northeast. The college is one of several nurse practitioner schools in New York that’s affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, but its student body represents many different religious denominations. The college offers two NP tracks, which students can pursue either as an MSN specialization or as a certificate concentration.

MSN Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner

Mount Saint Mary’s MSN program uses a hybrid learning model in which online coursework is blended with campus classes that meet one early evening each week. Full-time students should be able to complete the degree in 2.5 years; part-time students will take 3.5 years. Both the adult Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner tracks consist of 46 credits and 625 to 675 clinical hours.

Post-Master's Certificate Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner

Mount Saint Mary’s Post-Master’s Certificate program is designed to enable registered nurses with MSNs become nurse practitioners. The specific NP requirements are similar to the specific NP requirements in the MSN program.

13) Adelphi University - Garden City


Programs Offered: MSN, DNP, and Post-Master’s Certificates

Adelphi University’s College of Nursing was founded in 1943 to supply health care workers for the World War II war effort. The university’s undergraduate and graduate nursing programs focus on the essential role nurses play in the promotion of wellness and health advocacy. The university offers two NP concentrations as part of its MSN program; one of these specialties is also offered in conjunction with Adelphi’s DNP program. Both NP specialties can also be pursued as certificate concentrations.

MSN Concentrations: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Coursework for Adelphi University’s MSN-related NP specialties is presented in a blended format that utilizes both online learning and campus classes. The degree is designed for working students who can only attend school part-time, but students must complete their MSN degree within five years. The Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty entails 600 clinical hours while the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty entails 500 clinical hours.

DNP Concentrations: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Adelphi University’s Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track involves 82 credits for nurses who aren’t already certified as adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioners. Nurse practitioners who are certified in this specialty and who wish to expand their clinical competencies while earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree will only have to take 40 credits. The program is designed for part-time students.

Post-Master’s Certificate Concentrations: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Adelphi’s certificate concentrations are intended for master’s-prepared nurses who are looking for a way to expand their scope of practice. Students follow individualized study plans that have been developed based on their prior academic coursework. The part-time course of study typically involves between 21 and 33 credits for both the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care and the Psychiatric-Mental Health specialties.

14) Le Moyne College - Syracuse


Programs Offered: MSN and Post-Master's Certificate

Though Le Moyne College is a Jesuit university, it’s open to students from all religious backgrounds. Its NP program focuses upon training nurse clinicians who can provide community-based care to diverse, underserved populations. To this end, the college offers a Family Nurse Practitioner specialty in conjunction with its MSN program and as a post-master’s certificate track.

MSN Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner

Aspiring nurse practitioners can finish Le Moyne’s FNP program in two years with a fulltime course of study and in three years if they attend school part-time. The program consists of 45-semester credits.

Post-Master's Certificate Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner

Applicants to Le Moyne’s post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner program must hold a master’s degree in nursing already. Individualized study plans are developed in accordance with coursework each student has already taken. Students will need to participate in 500 hours of precepted clinical work.

15) Hofstra Northwell - Hempstead


Programs Offered: MSN and Advanced Certificate

At Hofstra University on Long Island, aspiring nurse practitioners and physician assistants learn together, which promotes interdisciplinary collaboration. The university maintains a close relationship with Northwell Hope, the largest health care provider in New York State. Hofstra offers three nurse practitioner specialties. Students can pursue these NP learning opportunities as part of their MSN studies or as advanced practice certificates.

MSN Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

In order to complete the Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner tracks at Hofstra, students will need to complete 51 semester hours. The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track entails 48 semester hours.

Advanced Certificate Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Just like other nurse practitioner programs in New York, Hofstra only accepts nurses with master’s degrees in nursing science into its advanced practice certificate programs. All three NP specialties are one-year courses of study. The Family Nurse Practitioner specialty begins in the fall and requires 25.5 credits for completion. The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty entails 26.5 credits and starts in the winter. The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner begins in the summer, and students pursuing this track must complete 25 credits.