The Best New York Online Nurse Practitioner Programs and Requirements

By Steve Bailey



Table of Contents


Many nurse practitioner programs in New York give learners the skills and knowledge to pursue careers across specialities. Nurse practitioners (NPs) serve as primary care providers and advanced practice registered nurses. These professionals hold advanced degrees -- either a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) or a master of science in nursing (MSN). Along with their education, NPs complete national certification, focusing on a particular patient population, such as children or the elderly.

Before NPs complete their advanced degrees, they must fulfill the requirements of a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and obtain registered nurse (RN) licensure. Many degree-seekers pursue their education through flexible online formats, allowing them to work as they earn their degrees. Students pursuing an MSN explore courses in health assessment, advanced pharmacology, and pathophysiology, while those in DNP programs focus on courses in population health and leadership at advanced levels.

Along with traditional bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in nursing, students at NP programs in New York can often explore BSN-to-MSN or BSN-to-DNP programs, also satisfying the requirements of an MSN, in one convenient program.


Best New York Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

1. SUNY Upstate Medical University - Syracuse, NY
2. University of Rochester - Rochester, NY
3. Stony Brook University - Stony Brook, NY
4. SUNY Polytechnic Institute - Albany, NY
5. Mount Saint Mary College - Newburgh, NY

SUNY Upstate Medical University

As one of the best nurse practitioner programs in New York, SUNY Upstate Medical University's master of science: nurse practitioner degree offers three tracks: family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. In each path, students take courses on advanced health assessment, family nursing theory, pharmacology, and clinical pathophysiology, while other classes focus on the student's specialization.

Enrollees learn how to create treatment plans, diagnose chronic and acute illnesses, analyze lab tests, and educate patients on a variety of issues.

Located in Syracuse as a part of the State University of New York system, the school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Campus Syracuse, New York
Type Public
Accreditation Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Tuition $25,120/year for in-state residents; $32,160/year for out-of-state-students
Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree in nursing; minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA; current New York state RN license; current CPR certification
Minimum Time Commitment 24 months
On-Campus Requirements Yes
Program Master of science: Nurse practitioner
School site Tuition | Financial aid

University of Rochester

Rochester offers one of the top nurse practitioner (NP) programs in New York, with specializations in adult-gerontology acute or primary care, family nursing practice, family psychiatric mental health, pediatric nursing practice, and pediatric/neonatal nursing practice. The program features more than 500 nurse practitioner preceptors for students to complete their required 504-672 clinical hours, depending on their area of specialization.

Core courses across all NP master's programs include advanced pharmacology, advanced physiology and pathophysiology, research principles, and ethics and public policy in the healthcare system.

The University of Rochester is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Campus Rochester, New York
Type Private
Accreditation Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; American Nurses Credentialing Center
Tuition $55,040/yea
Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree in nursing; RN license in U.S. state or territory; CPR certification; 1-2 years clinical experience; statistics course with "C" grade or better
Minimum Time Commitment 24 months
On-Campus Requirements Yes
Program Master of science: Nurse practitioner
School site Tuition | Financial aid

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University offers one of the best nurse practitioner programs in New York, with specializations in adult-gerontology primary care, family health, women's health, neonatal health, pediatric primary care, and psychiatric mental health.

Students take courses in healthcare policy and advocacy, clinical nursing research, pharmacology, health assessment, and clinical pathobiology. The program also includes 19 credits of clinical courses, for a total of 45 credits. Enrollees take some classes online and some in person at the school's Long Island campus.

Stony Brook, as a part of the State University of New York system, is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Campus Stony Brook, New York
Type Public
Accreditation Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Tuition $11,536/semester for in-state residents; $23,562/semester for out-of-state students
Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree in nursing; one year of relevant experience; minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA; current RN license; three credits in both health assessment and statistics
Minimum Time Commitment 24 months
On-Campus Requirements Yes
Program Master of science: Family nurse practitioner
School site Tuition | Financial aid

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Regularly listed among the top nurse practitioner schools in New York, SUNY Poly offers a 45-credit hybrid program that features mostly online classes. The first semester requires the most travel to campus -- about once per week. After that, students attend in-person sessions less frequently.

The master of science family nurse practitioner program features courses on family theory, clinical pharmacology, health promotion, pathophysiology, and women's healthcare. Each enrollee must complete a minimum of 800 clinical hours at approved locations in New York state before graduation.

SUNY Poly, with campuses in Albany and Utica, is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Campus Albany, New York
Type Public
Accreditation Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Tuition $5,655/semester for in-state residents; $11,550/semester for out-of-state students
Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree in nursing; minimum 3.0 GPA; unencumbered RN license in New York state; at least 2,000 hours of RN work experience
Minimum Time Commitment 24 months
On-Campus Requirements Yes
Program Master of science: family nurse practitioner
School site Tuition | Financial aid

Mount Saint Mary College

MSMC's master of science in nursing commonly ranks among the best nurse practitioner (NP) schools in New York. The NP master's program offers two tracks: family nurse practitioner and adult-gerontology nurse practitioner. Each path features 46 credits and 625-675 required hours of clinical practice.

Students take courses on adult health nursing, advanced clinical pharmacology, nursing theories and concepts, and advanced practice pediatrics. The program features early evening classes that meet one night a week, in addition to some online options.

MSMC, located in Newburgh, is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Campus Newburgh, New York
Type Private
Accreditation Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Tuition $886/credit
Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree in nursing; valid New York state RN license; two years RN experience; completion of statistics, nurse research, and physical assessment courses; personal statement and writing sample
Minimum Time Commitment 30 months
On-Campus Requirements Yes
Program Master of science in nursing
School site Tuition | Financial aid

Requirements to Become a Nurse Practitioner in New York

The steps required to become an NP in New York include:

  • Obtaining an RN license, enabling individuals to work as registered professional nurses in the state. RN licensing programs require individuals to complete a BSN, demonstrate good moral character, be at least 18 years old, and complete the examination requirements.
  • Completing an NP education program acceptable to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) or obtaining NP certification by a national certifying organization deemed acceptable by NYSED. NPs should earn graduate degrees, whether they pursue an MSN or DNP.


    Individuals must complete a master's, post-master's, or doctoral degree that includes coursework focused on pharmacotherapeutics and a preceptorship experience that lasts a minimum of one semester and is supervised by a physician or NP. Aspiring NPs at nurse practitioner schools in New York must also experience clinical classroom settings that prepare them to diagnose illnesses and various physical conditions.


    Core coursework in advanced practice nursing programs cover topics in advanced pharmacology, advanced pathophysiology/physiology, and advanced health assessment. Advanced pharmacology courses include pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics, and pharmacokinetics. Advanced pathophysiology/physiology covers the general principles of the field that can be applied across the lifespan. Advanced health assessment courses explore advanced assessment techniques, methods, and concepts along with assessments of all the systems of the human body.


    All certification agencies in New York establish specific education and experience requirements for candidates to meet before they can participate in the national exam components. Most certifications require graduate degrees, although some allow candidates to hold a bachelor's degree.


    The state's nursing board considers individuals to meet the educational requirements needed for NP certification if they obtain national certification from one of the following agencies: American Nurses Credentialing Center, National Certification Corporation, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, or the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.

  • Obtaining certification as an NP. Potential NPs must become nationally certified in their chosen specialty area, meeting the state nursing board's eligibility requirements. Certification agencies for NPs highlight independent education and experience standards candidates must meet.


    Each agency highlights different certification types, including pediatric nurse practitioner, acute care nurse practitioner, adult nurse practitioner, pediatric emergency nurse, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.


    After individuals complete the certification requirements and exams associated with their chosen specialty, they must apply for their NP certificate in New York. Applications include an application form and an $85 fee, a certificate of professional education, verification of instruction in New York, verification of pharmacotherapeutics course, verification of national nurse practitioner exam, and verification of collaborative agreement and practice protocol.

In-Demand Nursing Specialty Eligibility Requirements in New York

Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (FNP-BC)

Years of Experience: None, but must hold a current and active RN licens

Clinical Hours Required: A minimum of 500 clinical hours supervised by a faculty member in the family nurse practitioner specialty

Continuing Education: N/A

Other: Advanced pharmacology graduate-level course, advanced health assessment graduate-level course, and advanced physiology/pathophysiology graduate-level course

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification (PMHNP-BC)

Years of Experience: None, but must hold a current and active RN licens

Clinical Hours Required: A minimum of 500 clinical hours supervised by a faculty member in the psychiatric-mental health NP discipline

Continuing Education: N/A

Other: Advanced physiology/pathophysiology graduate-level course, advanced pharmacology graduate-level course, and advanced health assessment graduate-level course

Gerontological Nursing Certification (RN-BC)

Years of Experience: Must hold a current and active RN license along with a minimum of two years of full-time professional experience as an RN

Clinical Hours Required: A minimum of 2,000 clinical hours in a specialty area of gerontological nursing completed within three years of certification

Continuing Education: 30 hours of continuing education requirements focused on gerontological nursing completed within the last three years

Other: N/A

Salary and Career Information

In New York, RNs earn mean salary amounts higher than national figures. RNs in New York earn a mean salary of $85,610 compared to the national amount of $75,510. Jobs for these nurses in New York are projected to grow 20.1%, compared to the U.S. job growth rate of 14.8%.

Similar to RNs, NPs in New York earn higher mean salary amounts than U.S. salaries for the occupation, with those in New York earning a mean wage of $120,970. The occupation's U.S. figure stands at $110,030. Jobs for NPs in New York are projected to grow 41.6%, compared to the projected 36.1% growth rate nationally.

Across New York, many metropolitan areas boast high mean wage amounts for NPs. Kingston, New York, boasts the occupation's highest salary at $131,740. The New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan area reports the second-highest salary of $126,570.

RN vs. NP Salary and Projected Job Growth in New York
  Registered Nurse Nurse Practitioner
New York Mean Salary $85,610 $120,970
U.S. Mean Salary $75,510 $110,030
New York Job Growth 20.1% 41.6%
U.S. Job Growth 14.8% 36.1%

Source: BLS, Projections Central


New York Metropolitan Areas With the Highest Mean NP Wages
  Salary Employment
Kingston, New York $131,740 40
New York - Newark - Jersey City, New York $126,570 13,470
Albany - Schenectady - Troy, New York $115,720 600
Watertown - Fort Drum, New York $114,120 220
Glens Falls, New York $112,980 60

Source: BLS