How to Apply — DNP

Important Dates

  • January 15 - Deadline for completion of Nursing CAS Application for the Fall semester
  • February 1 - Deadline for completion of Upstate Secondary Application for the Fall semester

How To Apply

Doctor of Nursing Practice applicants must submit both NursingCAS Application and Upstate's Secondary Application:

  • Apply Online Through NursingCAS - Completion of the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Official Transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Three letters of recommendation, at least 1 of which must be reflective of clinical practice
    • RN License: Copy of your current U.S. RN license
  • Nurse Practitioners must have current National Board Certification in their designated specialty: Family NP (FNP), Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP (FPMHNP) or Pediatrics NP (PNP). 
  • Upstate's Secondary Application - Once Upstate receives your application from NursingCAS, a link to our Secondary Application will be e-mailed to you. The Secondary Application must be submitted online to Upstate Medical University along with a $65 application fee no later than June 15.
    • Writing Sample – Essay guidelines are included in the Supplemental Application. You will describe your population of interest and a potential health care issue that you plan to focus on as your identified topic in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Include relevancy of the issue and the role of the DNP graduate in leading practice change (500 to 1,000 words).
  • Selected applicants will have an on-campus interview.

You will be notified of a decision soon after the Admissions Committee reviews your completed application.

Once accepted, you must send a $150 deposit to reserve your place in the entering class. This deposit will be deducted from your first semester tuition.

Current Students who want to apply to another Upstate Nursing Program

Current Nursing Students are not required to submit an application through Nursing CAS. Current students who want to apply to the DNP program should follow these instructions:

  • Login to My Upstate
  • Click on the Home tab
  • Click on Apply for Another Upstate Program
  • Click on Complete or Update Application
  • Complete and Submit Application to the Program of your Choice

Current Upstate students are not required to submit transcripts unless any courses have been completed at another college since the time of your original application. For more information on how to apply, please e-mail

Application Period
DNP Program
October 15, 2014 –
February 1, 2015
Joyce Scarpinato, DNP,PNP-BC,FNP-C
Joyce Scarpinato, DNP,PNP-BC,FNP-C
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Suzi Koshy, RN, FNP

Upstate's excellent, flexible and innovative education helped me achieve my dreams of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. Through the hard work, dedication and generous support of the faculty, I enjoyed the privilege of an excellent education.
— Suzi Koshy, RN, FNP