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Post-Bachelor’s DNP in Family Nurse Practitioner

The importance of family nurse practitioners in health care cannot be overstated. In this DNP track, you’ll be trained to meet a range of health care needs for individuals regardless of their age, from parents and their young children to the elderly, with a special focus on community, family and trust building.

Program Overview

The contributions of family nurse practitioners to the patient care experience — and to the community as a whole — are great. Assisting primary care physicians is only the beginning; you’ll be working closely with patients throughout their lives, conducting physical exams, diagnosing illnesses, managing chronic and acute physical and mental conditions, and prescribing medications. This DNP track prepares you for this multifaceted role, developing clinical and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to thrive independently and as a member of a primary care team.

The family nurse practitioner track can be pursued either part time or full time. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to take a national exam for family nurse practitioner certification.

Curriculum and Requirements

Learning Pathway
DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BMS 515 Advanced Pathophysiology I 3
NUR 500 Biostatistics 1
NUR 516 Health Policy and Organizational Systems 1 3
NUR 520 Advanced Health Assessment I 3
NUR 520L Advanced Health Assessment I Lab 2
NUR 632 Health Promotion and Advocacy 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
NUR 514 Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Practice 1 3
NUR 522 Advanced Pathophysiology II (BMS 516) 3
NUR 630 Advanced Health Assessment II 3
NUR 630L Advanced Health Assessment II Lab 2
NUR 634 Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care 3
 Credits14
Summer Semester
NUR 524 Principles of ECG Interpretation 1
NUR 602 Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing 1
NUR 631 Introduction to Clinical Practicum & Seminar (120 hours) 1
NUR 638 Laboratory Diagnosis 2
NUR 656 Pediatric Assessment 1
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall Semester
NUR 530 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 636 Common Problems in Primary Care 3
NUR 651 Family Health Practicum & Seminar I 3
NUR 652 Pediatric Assessment,Primary Care of the Child and Family I 3
 Credits12
Spring Semester
NUR 528 Principles of Radiography 2
NUR 642 Complex Problems in Primary Care 3
NUR 653 Family Health Practicum and Seminar II 3
NUR 654 Primary Care of the Child and Family II 3
 Credits11
Summer Semester
NUR 610 Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry in Nursing 3
NUR 610PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar I 1
NUR 655 Family Health Practicum and Seminar III 1
 Credits5
Third Year
Fall Semester
NUR 612 Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care 3
NUR 612PBL Portfolio Synthesis Seminar II 1
NUR 657 Family Health Practicum and Seminar IV 3
 Credits7
Spring Semester
NUR 650 Special Topics in Family Psychopharmacology 1
NUR 637 Clinical Fellowship 4
 Credits5
 Total Credits75
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online or on-campus (space-available basis)

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 


Council on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-463-6930
Fax: 202-785-8320

Program Outcomes

The objectives of the DNP program are to prepare graduates for advanced nursing practice who are capable of providing holistic health care for diverse individuals, families or populations in a variety of settings. Specifically, the program seeks to produce graduates who:

  1. Demonstrate clinical reasoning through an understanding of science and evidence-based practice.
  2. Design, implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives across the systems in which health care is delivered.
  3. Analyze and critique the available evidence for best practices in health care.
  4. Apply technology and information fluency to conduct practice inquiry.
  5. Advocate for rational health policies to improve patient care and enhance effective use of resources.
  6. Demonstrate leadership through interprofessional collaboration to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  7. Direct health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  8. Provide competent, culturally sensitive and ethically based care to individuals and/or populations in a defined specialty of advanced nursing practice.