Nursing: Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (D.N.P.)

Starting in Spring 2022, the online Post Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (PB DNP) program will offer the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (PC-FNP) option. The PB DNP program is focused on leadership and innovation. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam.

The PB DNP admits cohorts twice a year with start dates in January and August. Applicants will be scheduled for a virtual interview when their application is complete. Asynchronous courses are delivered 100% online in 8-week blocks so students may plan their own study times.

The PB DNP program has 14 foundation core courses. After completing the foundational core, students will enter the PC-FNP option. The PB DNP program can be completed in 4.5 years or in 3.5 years with an accelerated plan of study.

Students in both options will work with dedicated nursing faculty to design, implement and evaluate their capstone quality improvement project. Students will present their DNP project at our DNP Scholarly Symposium at the end of the program.

Post Baccalaureate DNP: Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (PC-FNP) program (79 credits; 1000 practicum hours)

NURS 900Foundations of Scholarly Writing & Professional Communication3
NURS 907Advanced Pharmacology & Therapeutics3
NURS 908Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan3
NURS 909Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan3
NURS 910Genomics & Ethics3
NURS 911Diagnosis & Management - Intro to Diagnostic Reasoning3
NURS 925Leadership, Role & Collaboration3
NURS 933Applied Analytics for QI in Health Care3
NURS 935FNP Health Management I - Didactic3
NURS 936FNP Health Management I - Clinical3
NURS 937Primary Care of Families II3
NURS 938Primary Care of Families II Practicum3
NURS 939Seminar and Practicum in the Primary Care of Families III6
NURS 940FNP Health Management III - Clinical4
NURS 944Health Promotion Theory & Population Health3
NURS 947DNP Systems Thinking Seminar I3
NURS 948DNP Systems Thinking Seminar II3
NURS 949DNP Systems Thinking Seminar III3
NURS 950Practice and Systems Final Practicum5
NURS 963Biostats and Epidemiology3
NURS 964Information Systems and Technology Improvement3
NURS 967Evidence Based Practice Methods3
NURS 968Foundations of Evidence Based Practice3
NURS 969Health Systems Policy, Economics & Financial Planning3
NURS 973Quality & Safety3
Total Credits81
  • Employ strategic leadership skills to shape practice environments to produce positive, patient centered, healthcare outcomes at individual and system levels.
  • Serve in a healthcare leadership and change agent role as part of a diverse, complex, and patient-centered health care system.
  • Act as a practice scholar to design, direct and evaluate system changes to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care.
  • Use data analytic methods, information systems and technology to evaluate, integrate and apply knowledge that will improve programs of care, outcomes of care and care systems.
  • Use translational science and analytic methods to develop, identify, implement, and evaluate best practices to improve health care and health care systems.
  • Design and implement health promotion and clinical prevention strategies across the health/illness continuum to optimize health and disease management.
  • Systematically use improvement methods to monitor and evaluate care processes and outcomes and applies data for continuous improvement and safety
  • Advocate for social justice through policy, professional and political engagement.
  • Applies leadership principles that support inter-professional practice.
  • Facilitate interprofessional collaboration to implement practice models, peer review, practice guidelines, health policy, and standards of care.

In addition, the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner graduate will:

  • Utilize advanced assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and evidence-based practice when partnering with individuals, families, and communities to optimize health.
  • Judiciously prescribe treatment modalities to manage acute and chronic conditions within state and federal scope of practice regulations.
  • Function as an independent practitioner to manage comprehensive primary care across the lifespan.