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.
The program has been designed with advanced practice clinical simulations in addition to didactic coursework in order to prepare each student for the live clinical setting. A minimum of 1,245 clinical/simulation/lab hours are completed while enrolled in the clinical/practicum courses (see the Clinical Hours section under the Course of Study tab below).
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 clinical/lab/simulation 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 Scholarly Project Proposal Seminar (2)
- NURS 798 DNP Scholarly Project Practicum (12 hours total)
Elective (3 Hours)
3 elective credits required, approval of program coordinator needed.
Clinical Hours (1,245 Hours)
A minimum of 1,245 clinical/simulation/lab/practicum hours are completed while enrolled in the program courses as follows:
- 540 minimum total clinical hours in NURS 675, 677, and 689. At least 140 of the total 540 clinical hours must be with a nurse practitioner and part of these hours can be with a nurse midwife.
- 120 minimum total simulation/lab hours in NURS 613, 654, 656, 674.
- 585 minimum total practicum hours in NURS 678 (45 hrs) and 798 (540 hrs).
The clinical courses involve advanced skills labs, evidence-based practice simulations, and clinical decision-making competencies, as well as clinical hours in advanced practice skill acquisition.
Our clinical placement coordinator is dedicated to the Nurse Practitioner programs to assist Nurse Practitioner students in finding clinical placements and qualified preceptors, which include licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, or physician assistants.
DNP Scholarly 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 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.
- 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).