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Post-Bachelor’s DNP in Family Nurse Practitioner

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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.

Program Overview

The family nurse practitioner DNP track prepares qualified professional nurses to practice at an advanced level in primary care settings, and assume prescriptive responsibilities commensurate with advanced nursing.

In this program, you'll learn to diagnose and manage the most common illnesses and provide high quality, cost-effective and holistic primary care across a patient's lifespan. Moreover, you'll learn to work independently and collaboratively with nurse practitioners and other members of the health 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.

Alumni Spotlight

Ensuring the highest levels of care — for all

As an infant, Natesha Bestman, DNP '17 and her family narrowly escaped the ravages of the Liberian Civil War. After reaching the safety of American shores, however, they had great difficulty securing the medical attention and treatment they so badly needed following their harrowing journey.

"Access to high-quality health care is very difficult for immigrants," Bestman said. "I think the lack of cultural competency and holistic care for immigrants and other vulernable populations is what spurred me towards a career as a family nurse practitioner."

After earning her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Quinnipiac in 2012, Bestman spent 5 years working as a registered nurse on the pediatric medical/surgical floor at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. It was during that time that she enrolled in Quinnipiac's Doctor of Nursing Practice program, in the family nurse practitioner track.

A student holds a cell phone and takes a picture with Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee

Global opportunities right on campus

Natesha Bestman, DNP '17, right, takes a selfie with Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Laureate, Liberian peace activist and founder of the Gbowee Peace Foundation.

“Obtaining my DNP from Quinnipiac has definitely prepared me to provide more culturally sensitive and individualized care to my patients,” Bestman said.
Natesha Bestman DNP '17

Bestman also credits the program with teaching her how to be a more effective leader. She learned how to develop strategies for improving policy, processes and communication, as well as how to produce needed change within the health care hierarchy. For her doctoral project, she designed and implemented a better clinical handoff process for patients at a local pediatric hospital. The project was a resounding success.

Since graduating, Bestman has served as a clinical instructor in Quinnipiac's accelerated BSN program. She teaches pediatric clinical care to students onsite at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, where she got her professional start. Bestman will continue to teach, and plans to one day leverage the clinical skills and leadership strategies she developed at Quinnipiac in a health center that provides care to those who most need it.

"I want to provide care for those who are less fortunate, and give back to a community that has given me so much," she said.


Accomplished professors who teach

Our faculty members are passionate about their areas of expertise and are experts in their fields. Many have published in academic journals and serving as experts for journalists and organizations around the world.

Quinnipiac faculty focus on theory and practice. The ability to teach real-world skill backed with understanding of the subject area makes our faculty standout. We provide a classroom experience that combines fundamental understanding with hands-on learning opportunities.

Program chair

Susan D'Agostino
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

Curriculum and Requirements

Course Listing 

DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner Program (75 credits)

NUR 514Epidemiology and Population Health3
NUR 516Health Policy and Organizational Systems2
NUR 520LAdvanced Health Assessment Lab2
NUR 520Advanced Health Assessment3
NUR 522Advanced Pathophysiology3
NUR 524Principles of ECG Interpretation1
NUR 528Principles of Radiography2
NUR 530Advanced Pharmacology3
NUR 600Evaluation and Synthesis of Scientific Evidence for Practice2
NUR 602Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing1
NUR 610Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry in Nursing2
NUR 610PBLDNP Project I2
NUR 612Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care2
NUR 612PBLDNP Project II2
NUR 630Advanced Holistic Diagnosis3
NUR 630LAdvanced Holistic Diagnosis Lab2
NUR 631Introduction to Clinical Practicum and Seminar1
NUR 632Health Promotion and Advocacy3
NUR 633Clinical Simulation1
NUR 634Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care3
NUR 636Common Problems in Primary Care3
NUR 637Clinical Fellowship4
NUR 638Laboratory Diagnosis2
NUR 642Complex Problems in Primary Care3
NUR 650Special Topics in Family Psychopharmacology1
NUR 651Family Health Practicum and Seminar I3
NUR 652Primary Care of the Child and Family I3
NUR 653Family Health Practicum and Seminar II3
NUR 654Primary Care of the Child and Family II3
NUR 656Pediatric Assessment1
NUR 657Family Health Practicum and Seminar IV3
Total Credits72

Curriculum Note:

The semester by semester Learning Pathway for this program is available in the School of Nursing.

The curriculum for this program is subject to modification as deemed necessary by the nursing faculty to provide students with the most meaningful educational experience and to remain current with professional standards and guidelines.

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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.