The Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner ( FNP) is prepared as a generalist, principal provider of primary health care across the lifespan. In this clinician leadership role, the FNP assumes responsibility for promoting, maintaining, and restoring health to individuals across the life span. This includes the identification of health risks, the promotion of wellness, and the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illness and referral to specialty services as needed. FNP DNP graduates provide leadership in quality improvement, case management, and in mobilizing community resources. They are work in collaboration with other health care professionals in a variety of primary care and subspecialty settings.
The FNP DNP area of concentrations offers two pathways: post BSN to DNP and post masters to DNP. Student may choose to study full-time or part-time. The MSN to DNP is offered both on-site and on-line.
Applicants to the MSN to DNP Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner should be masters prepared nationally certified FNP's who wish to earn the DNP. Only those with a master’s degree in the same focus may choose the online option.
* Courses with a "D" can be delivered synchronously via distance technology. Such courses are open only to qualified on-site students as per Policy 438.
A sample program plan for full time study is provided below. Depending on courses completed during the previous MSN program, additional coursework may be required.
Fall Term (Year 1)
- NUR 2044 Nursing Graduate Orientation Module 0 cr.
- NURSP 2061/2061D* Organizational and Management Theory 3 cr.
- NUR 3099/3099D* The Science of Health Care Delivery 2 cr.
- NUR 3012/3012D* Public Policy in Health Care 2 cr.
- NUR 3013/3013D* Ethics in Healthcare 1 cr.
- NURSP 2075/2075D Introduction to Health Informatics 3 cr.
Spring Term (Year 1)
- NUR 2011/2011D* Applied Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3 cr.
- NUR 2680/2680D* Introduction to Genetics and Molecular Therapeutics 3 cr.
- NURNP 2546/2546D* Management: Adolescent Health Theory 2 cr.
- NUR 3052/3052D* Manuscript Development 1 cr.
- NURSP 2091/2091D* Finance and Economics for Health Care Leaders 3 cr.
Summer Term (Year 1)
- NURSP 2092/2092D* Leadership Development 3 cr.
- NUR 3050/3050D* Grant Writing 1 cr.
- NUR 3031/3031D Methodologies for DNP Projects 2 cr.
- NUR 2078/2078D Clinical Diagnostics 3 cr.
Fall Term (Year 2)
Spring Term (Year 2)
- NURNP 3038 DNP NP Role Practicum* (1 to 10 cr.)
- NUR 3037 DNP Project Clinical 1 cr.
- NURNP 2518/2518D* Family Theory for Nurse Practitioners: Principles, Implications, and Application Across the Life Span 3 cr.
Summer Term (Year 2)
- NURNP 3025/3025D* Diagnosis and Management of Psychiatric Conditions in Primary Care 4 cr.
- NUR 3032/3032D Data Analysis for DNP Projects 2 cr.
* Must take at least 1 credit of 3038