By The Numbers
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.
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.
“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.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Curriculum and Requirements
DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner Program (75 credits)
|NUR 514||Epidemiology and Population Health||3|
|NUR 516||Health Policy and Organizational Systems||2|
|NUR 520L||Advanced Health Assessment Lab||2|
|NUR 520||Advanced Health Assessment||3|
|NUR 522||Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|NUR 524||Principles of ECG Interpretation||1|
|NUR 528||Principles of Radiography||2|
|NUR 530||Advanced Pharmacology||3|
|NUR 600||Evaluation and Synthesis of Scientific Evidence for Practice||2|
|NUR 602||Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing||1|
|NUR 610||Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry in Nursing||2|
|NUR 610PBL||DNP Project I||2|
|NUR 612||Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care||2|
|NUR 612PBL||DNP Project II||2|
|NUR 630||Advanced Holistic Diagnosis||3|
|NUR 630L||Advanced Holistic Diagnosis Lab||2|
|NUR 631||Introduction to Clinical Practicum and Seminar||1|
|NUR 632||Health Promotion and Advocacy||3|
|NUR 633||Clinical Simulation||1|
|NUR 634||Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care||3|
|NUR 636||Common Problems in Primary Care||3|
|NUR 637||Clinical Fellowship||4|
|NUR 638||Laboratory Diagnosis||2|
|NUR 642||Complex Problems in Primary Care||3|
|NUR 650||Special Topics in Family Psychopharmacology||1|
|NUR 651||Family Health Practicum and Seminar I||3|
|NUR 652||Primary Care of the Child and Family I||3|
|NUR 653||Family Health Practicum and Seminar II||3|
|NUR 654||Primary Care of the Child and Family II||3|
|NUR 656||Pediatric Assessment||1|
|NUR 657||Family Health Practicum and Seminar IV||3|
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.
Additional course details
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The family nurse practitioner program begins only in the fall semester.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through May 1. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications received after May 1 are accepted on a space available basis.
When all application materials are received, an interview with the graduate nursing program director and/or member of the faculty will be arranged for eligible candidates. All required courses must be completed by the application deadline. Interviews will only be granted to those with completed applications.
- Must be a registered nurse or NCLEX-eligible nurse.
- Must have a bachelor's degree in nursing or another field.
- An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is required.
- Application: Complete the information required on the application form.
- Application fee: Include a $45 nonrefundable application fee by credit or debit card when submitting your application. Do not send cash or check.
- Official transcripts: It is your responsibility to request official transcripts from ALL undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended (including part-time and summer study). If you received transfer credit from another institution, it is still necessary to have an official transcript sent from the original university. These transcripts must be provided to Quinnipiac University in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Letters of recommendation: You must have two professional references from persons with authority to evaluate your professional ability, submitted on your behalf. You will be required to enter your recommenders' contact information on the application.
- Letter of Intent: Upload a letter of intent that addresses the following:
- professional goals and motivations
- a nursing experience that has influenced or shaped your practice
- a health care problem that interests you
- Resume: Include an up-to-date resume.
- Nursing license: You are required to have a valid CT nursing license prior to the start of your program. Your application will still receive full consideration if your license is pending at the time of submission. The NCLEX-RN exam must be completed prior to August 1. You will be able to upload your nursing license when completing your application or from your student portal after submitting your application.
Interview: Personal interviews (by invitation) will be scheduled once an application is complete.
If you're considering one of Quinnipiac's outstanding graduate programs, you're on your way to joining a graduate community committed to academic excellence and professional preparation at the highest level.
Please reach out to us with questions about the application process.
Phone: 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
Mail: Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions, NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940
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:
- Demonstrate clinical reasoning through an understanding of science and evidence-based practice.
- Design, implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives across the systems in which health care is delivered.
- Analyze and critique the available evidence for best practices in health care.
- Apply technology and information fluency to conduct practice inquiry.
- Advocate for rational health policies to improve patient care and enhance effective use of resources.
- Demonstrate leadership through interprofessional collaboration to improve patient and population health outcomes.
- Direct health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve patient and population health outcomes.
- Provide competent, culturally sensitive and ethically based care to individuals and/or populations in a defined specialty of advanced nursing practice.