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

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A BSN-to-DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Degree with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Focus

The Nursing DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Emphasis program is for working BSN nurses who are interested in a practice-focused doctorate. You will be prepared as a clinical expert with the critical thinking, leadership and political policy skills needed to advocate and create changes in healthcare practice at the individual, population and organizational systems levels. Graduates will provide primary care health promotion and disease management for patients with episodic or chronic illnesses across the life span, focusing on the underserved.

This is a part-time program for the practicing BSN RN, with a hybrid (partially face-to-face and online) delivery. You will attend on campus one day per week. UNC nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

FNP Eligibility and a Nursing Doctoral Degree

Nurse Practitioner Salary Benefits

The median salary for a Registered Nurse in 2014 was $66,640.

However, the median salary for a Nurse Practitioner (a role supported by this program) was $95,350.

This program meets the guidelines for nurse practitioner education as recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. As a graduate of this DNP program, you will be qualified to be recognized as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) by your State Board of Nursing and apply for national certification.

You'll also have earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice, the terminal nursing practice degree. In 2004, schools affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nurses endorsed DNP education as the terminal degree for Advanced Practice Nurses.

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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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