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 part-time hybrid program is designed to fit the schedules of practicing BSN RNs who are interested in a practice-focused doctorate. Some courses incorporate online activities to supplement your learning and reduce the amount of time you must meet for class. It is a five-year, part-time program with the first eight semesters delivered on campus one day per week (Thursdays) or online – plus clinical hours starting in the sixth semester – and the remaining six semesters delivered online only.
The median salary for a Registered Nurse in 2016 was $68,450.
However, the median salary for a Nurse Practitioner (a role supported by this program) was $100,910.
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.