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).
Time to Completion:
5 years part-time
Delivery Options & Start Terms:
Greeley + Online: starts each Fall term
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.
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).
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 Advance 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)
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.
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.
- Visit the School of Nursing's DNP: FNP Emphasis program page.
- Learn more about the School of Nursing Faculty.
Other FNP Programs
- MSN degree: if you would prefer a master's degree only, learn about our Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (Master's).
- If you already have an MSN degree, learn about our Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master's Certificate).