5 Best New York Nurse Practitioner Programs + Requirements

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,  New York has one of the highest number of nurse practitioners in employment, with some 8,990 working in the state in 2012. At the same time, demand remains high, particularly due to the aging population and the new Affordable Care Act. According to the BLS, the average annual salary for a nurse practitioner in New York is $97,930. The earning potential is also likely to increase in line with demand.

Currently, all nurse practitioners must enter into a collaborative agreement with a physician in order to be allowed to practice. However, the scope of practice of a nurse practitioner is forever changing and growing.

If you are looking at becoming a nurse practitioner in New York, you should spend some time researching your available options. Below are what we believe to be the 5 best New York nurse practitioner programs. Do also take a look at the requirements for becoming an NP in New York.

1. Columbia University in the City of New York

At Columbia University, students can take part in a variety of master’s degree programs for nurse practitioners, as well as in a DNP program. They also have different admission tracks, such as BSN to DNP. The sub-specialties are comprehensive as well. Finally, they offer post-master’s programs for those who want to become nurse practitioners.

  • Campus: New York City, NY
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Tuition: $38,380
  • Minimum time commitment: Varies depending on chosen track
  • Online availability: No
  • Degree requirements: Bachelor’s degree, personal statement, 3 letters of recommendation, resume, prerequisite courses, RN license, experience, interview, TOEFL
  • Programs: DNP, Master’s Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid

2. City University of New York (CUNY) College of Staten Island

At the College of Staten Island, you can take part in master’s program in adult-gerontological nursing, as well as in a DNP program. Students must complete both classroom education and a number of hours of clinical experience. Graduates can be licensed through the ANCC.

  • Campus: Staten Island, NY
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Tuition: $9,118 for in-state students and $16,628 for out-of-state students
  • Minimum time commitment: 42 credit hours
  • Online availability: No
  • Degree requirements: BSN, three years’ clinical experience, TOEFL, transcripts, prerequisite courses, 2 letters of recommendation, personal statement, RN license
  • Programs: Master of Science in Adult – Gerontological Nursing and DNP
  • School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid
 

3. Long Island University – C.W. Post Campus

The C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University offers a full-time and part-time family nurse practitioner program. Students must take part in both coursework and clinical practice hours. There is also a post-master’s certification option that takes just 27 credits to complete.

  • Campus: Brooklyn, NY
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Tuition: $27,242
  • Minimum time commitment: 46 credits, 27 credits for post master’s
  • Online availability: No
  • Degree requirements: RN license, one year’s clinical experience, BSN, transcripts, interview, prerequisite courses, 2 letters of recommendation, personal statement, resume, questionnaire, GPA of 3.0, TOEFL
  • Programs: M.S. in Family Nurse Practitioner, Post Master’s Certificate
  • School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid

4. New York University

New York University offers a Family Nurse Practitioner master’s program, as well as a DNP. Both require both classroom education and practical experience. The program is only delivered in full time format. Additionally, they offer three specializations, being adult acute care, pediatrics and mental health.

  • Campus: New York City, NY
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Tuition: $36,820
  • Minimum time commitment: 58 credits for MSN
  • Online availability: No
  • Degree requirements: BSN, GPA of 3.0, RN license, one year’s clinical experience, statistics course. For the DNP, an MSN is required, as well as a GPA of 3.5
  • Programs: Master of Science Program in Advanced Practice Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner and DNP
  • School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid

5. Pace University

Pace University offers two separate nurse practitioner programs at master’s level, as well as a DNP program. These programs require both traditional study and clinical experience. These are offered full-time, part-time and online. They also offer post-master’s certification.

  • Campus: New York City and Westchester County, NY
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Tuition: $31,968
  • Minimum time commitment: Varies depending on chosen program
  • Online availability: Yes
  • Degree requirements: Varies depending on chosen program
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, DNP, post-master’s certification
  • School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid

Steps to Become a Nurse Practitioner in New York

In order to become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in New York, you must first hold an RN (registered nurse) license before completing an NP program that is approved by the state. Your certification must be nationally recognized. This means that the program you complete must be recognized by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses, the National Certification Corporation, the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Students who graduated before 1989 have different requirements. Firstly, they have to have completed a four-week program before 1989 as well as have either two years work experience before 1989 or have completed supplemental education.

Additionally, students must complete a pharmacotherapeutic requirements, including clinical experience in this field and education in this field. The alternative is to pass an examination that is nationally recognized for nurse midwifes or physician assistants.

For students who have completed their degree outside of the state of New York, they must be instructed and regulated by the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State and/or the New York State Nurses Association in order to become licensed in the state.

As such, the steps to becoming an NP in New York are:

1. Get a degree with NP specialization.
2. Gain national certification.
3. Apply for your NP certificate.
4. Renew your certificate online every three years, or register as “inactive” should you not be practicing.

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