Training for nurse practitioners is available at several public and private colleges and universities within New York. Nurse practitioner (NP) certificates are available in numerous specialty areas, some of which include acute care, community health, pediatrics, mental health, gerontology, family care and women's health. Certificate programs are designed for those nurses who already possess master's degrees in nursing.
Master's degree programs with specializations are also available. Applicants to master's degree programs should be practicing nurses with a bachelor's degree in the field. All nurse practitioner students typically participate in clinical experiences, and master's degree students may need to complete a capstone project or thesis. Additionally, depending on the school, students may be able to complete some courses online.
Columbia University in the City of New York
Columbia University in the City of New York offers NP education in six specialties. Students can pursue the NP designation through Columbia's Bachelor of Science/Master of Science program, a 60-credit program which allows a student with a bachelor's degree in a subject other than nursing to earn a master's degree in nursing with advanced practice training. Columbia offers a master's degree with an NP component; sub-specialties in this program include addictive behaviors, genetics, HIV/AIDS, oncology and palliative care. There is also a University Statutory Certificate program for students with master's degrees who want to pursue an additional NP specialization.
CUNY College of Staten Island
City University of New York (CUNY) College of Staten Island offers master's degree programs that meet requirements for certified nurse specialist (CNS)/NP certification in adult health nursing and gerontological nursing as well as advanced certificates in the same specialties. Students in the master's programs should have bachelor's degrees in nursing and a year or more of nursing experience or, if their bachelor's degree is in another field, at least three years' nursing experience and required nursing, science and mathematics courses. The CNS/NP master's degree specialty requires 48 credits of courses and 860 supervised hours of clinical work. The certificate programs are for students who have master's degrees in nursing, but who want NP certificate in adult health or gerontology. They must complete 12 to 21 credits of coursework and 500 supervised clinical hours.
CUNY Hunter College
At CUNY Hunter College in New York City, students can earn a master's degree with NP specialization in gerontological/adult nursing or psychiatric mental health nursing. Both master's programs call for 42 credits; the gerontological/adult NP program requires 735 hours of clinical experience, while the psychiatric mental health NP track calls for 600 hours. Students must have a bachelor's degree in nursing and hold a New York nursing license. The psychiatric NP advanced certificate program is a 15 to 24 credit program open to licensed RNs who have master's degrees in nursing. It also requires 600 clinical hours.
CUNY Lehman College
Located in the Bronx, CUNY Lehman College offers a master's degree with family NP specialization to nurses who have a bachelor's degree in nursing. The 45-credit program can be completed in four semesters of full-time study or six semesters of part-time work. Nurses with master's degrees in nursing can earn post-master's certificates in family NP and pediatric NP. The family NP certificate calls for 30 credit hours, while the pediatric NP requires 27. Clinical work is required in all the nursing graduate programs.
Long Island University - C.W. Post Campus
At the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville, RNs can earn a master's degree as a family NP through a 46-credit program that requires four semesters as a full-time student or six semesters of part-time work. The curriculum includes core courses and three semesters of supervised clinical experience. Nurses who have a master's degree in nursing can earn a family NP advanced certificate with four semesters of part-time study in a 27-credit program. They take courses in pharmacology and family health theory as well as completing three semesters of clinical work. Prerequisites for the advanced certificate include courses in health assessment and pathophysiology; students may be able to get credit for other college courses as well.
New York University
In New York City's New York University, New York-licensed nurses with bachelor's degrees can earn master's degrees with NP specialties in five areas. Pediatrics and adult acute care students must have a year of experience in the field. The program requirements range from 48 to 58 credits, and all call for more than 600 hours of clinical work. New York University also offers advanced certificates in four NP specialties to nurses with master's degrees. The programs require from 12 to 48 credits and at least 685 and up to 900 clinical hours.
Pace University in New York City offers a master's degree with a specialty in family NP. It requires 42 credit hours of study as well as clinical experience. Pace also has a bachelor's/master's program that allows students with a non-nursing bachelor's degree to earn a master's degree in family NP in two and a half years. Pace offers a 30-credit family NP certificate program for nurses who already have a master's degree and also offers customized programs for advanced practice nurses in other specialties who desire family NP certification.
SUNY - Binghamton
In Vestal, the State University of New York (SUNY) - Binghamton offers a master's degree program that prepares nurses for NP roles in four areas. The master's program calls for 48 credits and can be completed in two years of full-time study or three years on a part-time basis. Each specialty calls for classes and clinical experience; students must complete a capstone project and have the option of writing a thesis. Nurses who already have a master's degree but want to add a specialty can complete NP certificate programs in four areas. These certificates require 16 to 33 credits and can be earned in four or fewer semesters. SUNY - Binghamton also offers doctoral degrees in four NP specialties. Students who have bachelor's degrees in nursing will require 77 credits to earn their doctorate, while nurses with master's degrees need 38 credits.
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University in Stony Brook offers master's degrees and advanced certificate programs in five NP specialty areas. The master's degree programs require 45 credit hours of classes and clinical experiences. The advanced certificate programs call for 17 to 25 credit hours, depending on the program, and students will meet with advisors to determine what other courses are necessary. Stony Brook also offers a customized master's completion program to neonatal NPs who do not have master's degrees. This program is offered primarily online, but has some on-site requirements.
University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo offers NP specialties through its doctorate programs. There are two types of doctorates offered: one is for RNs who hold bachelor's degrees in nursing; the other is for RNs with master's degrees. Full-time students can complete the post-baccalaureate degree in three years; part-time students can take up to seven years. The post-master's DNP program requires five semesters of part-time study and can be completed online. Courses in both types of DNP programs include teaching, scientific writing, evaluating research evidence and the state of nursing science. All programs have a clinical component, and all students must complete capstone courses.
An NP must be licensed as a registered nurse (RN) in New York and have completed a state-approved NP education program. They need to hold NP certification from a recognized national certifying organization and show knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics, either through training or examination.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||NP Degree Programs and Certificates Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Columbia University in the City of New York||Four-year; private not-for-profit; large city|| Master of Science in Nursing - Acute Care NP, Adult NP, Family NP, Pediatric NP, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP, Women's Health NP,
University Statutory Certificate - Acute Care NP, Adult NP, Family NP, Pediatric NP, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP, Women's Health NP
|CUNY College of Staten Island||Four-year; public; large city|| Master of Science in Adult Health Nursing - Adult CNS/NP, Master of Science in Gerontological Nursing - Gerontological CNS/NP,
Advanced Certificate in Adult Health Nursing, Advanced Certificate in Gerontological Nursing
|$10,690, in-state; $19,280, out-of-state*|
|CUNY Hunter College||Four-year; public; large city|| Master of Science in Nursing - Gerontological/Adult NP, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing NP,
Psychiatric NP Advanced Certificate
|$10,438, in-state; $19,028, out-of-state*|
|CUNY Lehman College||Four-year; public; large city|| Master of Science - Family NP,
Post-Master's Certificate - Family NP, Pediatric NP
|$10,560, in-state; $19,150, out-of-state*|
|Long Island University - C.W. Post Campus||Four-year; private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Master of Science in Family NP,
Advanced Certificate in Family NP
|New York University||Four-year; private not-for-profit; large city|| Master of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing: Acute Adult Care, Adult Primary Care, Family NP, Mental Health Nursing, Pediatrics,
Advanced Certificate in Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Acute Care, Adult Primary Care, Mental Health Nursing, Pediatrics
|Pace University||Four-year; private not-for-profit; large city|| Master of Science - Family NP,
Post-Master's Certificate - Family NP
|SUNY at Binghampton||Four-year; public; midsize suburb|| Master of Science in Nursing - Community Health Nursing, Family Nursing, Gerontological Nursing and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing,
Post-Master's Certificate in Family NP, Community Health Primary Care NP, Gerontological NP, Psychiatric Mental Health NP, // Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family NP, Community Health NP, Gerontological NP, Psychiatric Mental Health NP
|$12,721, in-state; $24,061, out-of-state*|
|Stony Brook University||Four-year; public; large suburb|| Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Health NP, Perinatal/Women's Health NP, Neonatal Health NP, Pediatric NP and Psychiatric/Mental Health NP,
Advanced Certificate in Adult Health NP, Perinatal/Women's Health NP, Neonatal Health NP, Pediatric NP and Psychiatric/Mental Health NP
|$12,421, in-state; $23,761, out-of-state*|
|University at Buffalo||Four-year; public; large suburb||Doctor of Nursing Practice - Adult NP, Family NP, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP (Post-Master's DNP Program also offers Child Health NP and Women's Health NP)||$13,165, in-state; $24,505, out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator