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 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.

FNP Eligibility and a Nursing Doctoral Degree

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.

Completing this program also means that you will have earned the terminal degree for advanced practice nurses (schools affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nurses have endorsed the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as the terminal degree).

Nurse Practitioner Salary Benefits

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.

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This program is 95 credit hours, which includes a DNP 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 by term, visit an example Current Students page for this program.

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


Clinical Hours (1,065 Hours)

A minimum of 1,065 clinical hours are completed while enrolled in the clinical/practicum courses (NURS 675, 676, 677, 689, and 798). These courses involve advanced practice skills labs, evidence-based practice simulations and clinical decision-making competencies as well as clinical hours in advanced practice skill acquisition.

Students will obtain their own clinical placements and preceptors (licensed physician, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or physical assistant) with faculty guidance. At least 140 of your total 1,065 clinical hours must be with a nurse practitioner and part of these hours can be with a nurse midwife.


DNP Project

Because of the clinical focus of this degree, rigorous academic standards are maintained throughout the program rather than completion of a dissertation. As part of the research core coursework, you will complete a 12-credit-hour DNP Project that will be an evidence-based, scholarly project designed by the student in collaboration with a faculty.


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

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