BSN to DNP Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

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 NP 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, the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illness and referral to specialty services as needed. Our FNP DNP graduates provide leadership in quality improvement, case management, and in mobilizing community resources. They work in collaboration with other health care professionals in a variety of primary care and subspecialty settings.

The FNP area of concentration offers two pathways to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree; post BSN to DNP and post masters to DNP.  Students may study  full-time or part-time. The BSN to DNP is offered only on–site  on the main campus in Pittsburgh . Selected core courses may be transmitted to students who live a distance from campus (additional fees may apply). The MSN to DNP is offered both on-site and on-line.  BSN to DNP graduates are eligible for national certification offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and legal certification as a CRNP  and prescriptive authority through the State Board of Nursing of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

*Courses with a "D" are  delivered synchronously via distance technology. Such courses are open only to qualified on-site students as per Policy 438. 

A sample suggested program plan for full time study is provided below.   

Fall Term (Year 1)

  • NUR 2044 Nursing Graduate Orientation Module 0 cr.
  • NUR 2011/2011D Applied Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3 cr.
  • NUR 2004/2004D* Pathophysiology Across the Life Span 4 cr. 
  • NUR 2010/2010D* Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations 3 cr. 
  • NURNP 2026/2026D* Role Seminar 1 1 cr.
  • NUR 3099/3099D* The Science of Health Care Delivery 2 cr.

Spring Term (Year 1)

  • NUR 2000/2000D* Research for Evidence-Based Practice 1 2 cr.
  • NUR 2034/2034D* Advanced  Pharmacology Across the Lifespan 3 cr.
  • NURNP 2540/2540D* Pediatric Well Child Care Theory 3 cr.
  • NURNP 2518/2518D* Family Theory for Nurse Practitioners: Principles, Implications, and Application Across the Life Span 3 cr.

Summer Term (Year 1)

Fall Term (Year 2)

Spring Term (Year 2)

Summer Term (Year 2)

Fall Term (Year 3)

Spring Term (Year 3)

Summer Term (Year 3)

Comprehensive Exam (DNP and Clinical Specialty Comprehensive Exams are required)

Total Didactic credits: 77
Total Clinical credits: 18
Total Credits: 95

**NUR 3037 - DNP Project Clinical (must take at least 1 credit)


Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner BSN to DNP Curriculum for 2018-2019