Take your place among the next generation of advanced practice nurses when you enroll in the Nursing graduate programs at Hofstra University. Our Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) programs are now the preferred route for practicing clinicians looking to further their skills! We offer a DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), dual DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), DNP Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and a DNP Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). You can also pursue a Master of Science (MS) in Nursing with three tracks to choose from: Family Nurse Practitioner; Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner; and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, as well as a number of graduate-level certificate programs.

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Program Details

Visit the Hofstra campus or connect with the graduate admissions team. We will answer your questions and put you in touch with program faculty or degree candidates to learn more. Contact us at or call 516-463-4723.

To be considered for graduate studies in Nursing at Hofstra University, you must have a BS in Nursing from an accredited institution and an unencumbered New York State RN license.

Start your online application through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS) and submit the following:

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. Official transcripts must be received by NursingCAS directly from prior institutions.
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose detailing a time when you challenged the existing norms in healthcare in order to improve the quality of patient care.
  • AHA Certification

All applicants (with the exception of those applying to an advanced certificate program) are required to conduct a Pre-admission interview through the CASPer™ exam. CASPer™, a 90-minute online situational judgment test, serves to further enhance our holistic application review process by assessing non-cognitive skills and identifying personal attributes such as ethics, empathy, cultural sensitivity, collaboration, resiliency, and adaptability. CASPer™ test results are only valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have taken the test in previous years will need to re-take the exam.

An interview with the program director will also be required.

In addition to the items above, Advanced Certificate Nurse Practitioner programs require an MS in Nursing and unencumbered New York State NP license. RNFA applicants must possess or be eligible for CNOR or APRN credentials (or approved equivalent).

Visit the Nursing program page to learn more.

International students: Please note that F-1 Visas may not be issued for these programs.

Admission to graduate nursing programs are considered on a space-available basis. Please note that all master’s and doctoral Programs have a March 1 deadline.


Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Provide patient-centered quality care to the adult and older adult population with the 51-credit MS in Nursing program’s Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) track.

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Achieve eligibility for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) national board certification examinations with Hofstra’s 26.5-credit Advanced Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP).

Learn More About the Advanced Certificate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) track, through an interprofessional learning model, will graduate AGACNPs who will be prepared to provide quality, holistic, scientifically sound, and patient-centered care while optimizing the health and well-being of diverse populations and communities for the betterment of humanity.

Learn More about the Doctorate in Nursing Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
Family Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Registered Nurse First Assistant

Faculty Profile

Renee McLeod-Sordjan

Dr. Renee McLeod-Sordjan, Dean of the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies and Professor of Graduate Nursing, Chair, earned her BS, BSN, MSN, and DNP degrees at Pace University in New York City. Her career has been devoted to clinical practice ranging from respiratory therapy practice to providing primary and gynecological care to underinsured and underserved clients.

Meet Prof. Mcleod-Sordjan
Renee McLeod-Sordjan

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Through your graduate studies at Hofstra, you'll have countless opportunities to be your best self. From being surrounded by faculty, staff, and peers who care to having access to the resources you need to succeed, you'll gain an advantage -- in your career and in life -- at Hofstra.