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Nursing DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Emphasis (Post-Bachelor's) – Courses & Requirements

This program is 95 credit hours, which includes a capstone project and 1,065 clinical hours.

  • You can complete the program in 5 years, attending part-time (fewer than 9 credits per term).
  • This is a hybrid (partially face-to-face and online) delivery. You will attend one day per week (Thursdays) on campus in Greeley. Additional face-to-face hours are required for your scheduled clinical and practicum work.

Required Coursework

To see a typical list of courses per term, visit an example Current Program Students page.

See the planned course sequence (listing which courses will be delivered each term of your program).

Nursing Science BS to DNP Core (24 Hours)

NURS 507 Policy, Leadership, and Nursing Issues (3)

NURS 601 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing (3)

NURS 608 Advanced Health Care Concepts (3)

NURS 618 Epidemiology in Advance Nursing Practice (3)

NURS 668 Population Centered Health Care (3)

NURS 678 Professional Practice and Healthcare Finance Seminar (3)

NURS 700 Advanced Nursing Theory (3)

NURS 707 Leadership in Health Policy (3)

NP / FNP Emphasis (39 hours)

NURS 612 Advanced Pharmacology (4)

NURS 613 Advanced Health Assessment (4)

NURS 614 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

NURS 624 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Advanced Practice of Nursing (3)

NURS 654 Acute Care of Adults (3)

NURS 656 Care of Chronic Illness in Adults (3)

NURS 674 Care of Women and Pediatric Populations (3)

NURS 675 FNP Clinical I (2)

NURS 676 FNP Advanced Clinical Topics (2)

NURS 677 FNP Clinical II (4)

NURS 689 FNP Clinical Synthesis (6 total)

NURS 690 Advanced Professional Role (2)

Research Core (29 Hours)

NURS 606 Research & Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing (3)

NURS 723 Design, Methods and Analysis in Health Care Research, Part I (3)

NURS 724 Design, Methods and Analysis in Health Care Research, Part II (3)

NURS 725 Translational Research Methods (3)

NURS 791 DNP Seminar I (1)

NURS 792 DNP Seminar II (1)

NURS 793 DNP Seminar III (1)

NURS 795 DNP Capstone Project Proposal Seminar (2)

NURS 798 DNP Project Practicum (12 hours total)

Elective (3 Hours)

3 elective credits required, approval of program coordinator needed.

Clinical Hours (1,065 Hours)

Clinical hours are completed via NURS 685 DNP Practicum (3)

You will complete a minimum of 1,065 hours in clinicals and practicums during the program. You will need to obtain your own clinical preceptors (licensed physician, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife or physician assistant). At least 200 of your total 1,065 clinical hours must be with a nurse practitioner.

DNP Capstone Project

Because of the clinical focus of this degree, rigorous academic standards are maintained throughout the program rather than completion of a dissertation. The student will complete a 6 credit hour DNP Capstone project. This will be an evidence-based, scholarly project designed by the student in collaboration with a faculty advisor (via the NURS 795 and 798 courses).


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
5 years part-time
$620/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Kathleen Dunemn, PhD, APRN, CNM-BC


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