Nursing Programs

The School of Nursing offers the following degree programs at the doctorate and graduate level. Admissions and program regulations can be viewed on the main School of Nursing Bulletin Page. Detailed curriculum requirements are listed for each program below. 

Academic Programs

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program consists of a Post Baccalaureate to DNP (BSN-DNP) and Post-Master’s to DNP (MSN-DNP).  The Post BSN-DNP prepares BSN nurses to be family nurse practitioners at the doctoral level. Upon completion of the BSN-DNP,  graduates are eligible to apply for certification as a family nurse practitioner.  The Post MSN-DNP is for nurses who already have a Master's degree in nursing and want to obtain a DNP.

(Updated effective September 28, 2022)

DNP - Post-Baccalaureate Curriculum 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post-Baccalaureate program is a 75 credit hour, graduate level program with a family nurse practitioner concentration. Students complete the following courses for 75 crs: 

  • NURS G800 Theoretical Perspectives & the Advanced Nursing Role
  • NURS G805 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS G810 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS G820 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  • NURS G825 Primary Care of Pediatrics
  • NURS G830 Primary Care of Pediatrics Practicum
  • NURS G835 Advanced Research Methods
  • NURS G840 Primary Care of Adults
  • NURS G845 Primary Care of Adults Practicum
  • NURS G850 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health
  • NURS G855 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health Practicum
  • NURS G860 Gerontology in Primary Care
  • NURS G900 Scientific Inquiry and Translational Research
  • NURS G905 Ethics & Social Justice
  • NURS G910 Epidemiology
  • NURS G915 Evidence-Based Practice and Research Translation
  • NURS G920 Biostatistics
  • NURS G925 Program Planning, Evaluation, & Quality Management
  • NURS G930 Advanced DNP Practicum I
  • NURS G935 Leadership of Systems Change & Innovation
  • NURS G940 Health Policy & Economics
  • NURS G945 Advanced DNP Practicum II
  • NURS G950 Integrated Behavioral Health
  • NURS G955 Informatics & Finance
  • NURS G960 DNP Scholarly Project Practicum

Progression Plans

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DNP - Post-Master’s Curriculum

The Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post-Master's DNP program is a 39+ credit hour, graduate level program that provides students a curriculum from a MSN degree to the DNP. Students complete the following courses for 39+ crs:

  • NURS G900 Scientific Inquiry and Translational Research
  • NURS G905 Ethics & Social Justice
  • NURS G910 Epidemiology
  • NURS G915 Evidence-Based Practice and Research Translation
  • NURS G920 Biostatistics
  • NURS G925 Program Planning, Evaluation, & Quality Management
  • NURS G930 Advanced DNP Practicum I
  • NURS G935 Leadership of Systems Change & Innovation
  • NURS G940 Health Policy & Economics
  • NURS G945 Advanced DNP Practicum II
  • NURS G954 Organizational Behavior
  • NURS G955 Informatics & Finance
  • NURS G960 DNP Scholarly Project Practicum
  • NURS G965 EL Advanced Practicum (1-4 credit hours)*

*The DNP degree requires 1,000 of practice beyond the baccalaureate degree. Students who completed a master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner typically completed 400+ practice hours in that degree. Students who completed other master’s in nursing programs may not have completed as many practice hours. Student transcripts are evaluated individually to determine the number of practicum hours from their master’s program. The MSN-DNP practicum courses provide 540 practicum hours. Students may need to complete additional practice hours to meet the 1,000 hour total.

Progression Plan.

(Updated effective September 28, 2022)

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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The School of Nursing offers the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Family Nurse Practitioner. 

 

MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN - FNP) 

The School of Nursing offers an online, Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) concentration. The MSN-FNP concentration is a 45 credit hour program focused on preparing BSN-prepared, experienced nurses to become family nurse practitioners, with emphasis in primary care, strong critical thinking, and a comprehensive approach to patient care. Practicum experiences are completed with preceptors in practice settings located in the areas in which the student resides. 

Students complete the following requirements for 45 crs: 

  • NURS G732 Population Health Management
  • NURS G800 Theoretical Perspectives & the Advanced Nursing Role
  • NURS G805 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS G810 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS G820 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  • NURS G825 Primary Care of Pediatrics
  • NURS G830 Primary Care of Pediatrics Practicum
  • NURS G835 Advanced Research Methods
  • NURS G840 Primary Care of Adults
  • NURS G845 Primary Care of Adults Practicum
  • NURS G850 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health
  • NURS G855 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health Practicum
  • NURS G860 Gerontology in Primary Care
  • NURS G950 Integrated Behavioral Health 
  • NURS G955 Informatics & Finance

Progression Plan.

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Post-Master’s Certificate

The School of Nursing offers a Post-Master's Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner. 

 

Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate

The School of Nursing offers an online, 33 credit, Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate for Nurse Practitioners with a master’s degree who wish to obtain certification to provide primary care to families throughout the lifespan.

Courses that applicants will most likely have already taken, and may be transferred in for credit, are marked with an asterisk. Each Post-Master’s FNP Certificate applicant will have an individual gap analysis completed by the FNP Program Director to develop an individualized plan of study. The actual total credit hours assigned to the plan of study will be dependent upon previously completed coursework. The minimum number of credits to be completed is 24. Students must complete all didactic and clinical requirements for the population focus, including a minimum of 500 supervised hours in direct patient care. Practicum experiences are completed with preceptors in practice settings located in the areas in which the student resides. 

Students complete the following requirements for 33 crs: 

  • NURS G805 Advanced Pathophysiology*
  • NURS G810 Advanced Health Assessment didactic and lab*
  • NURS G820 Advanced Pharmacology*
  • NURS G825Primary Care of Pediatrics
  • NURS G830 Primary Care of Pediatrics Practicum
  • NURS G840 Primary Care of Adults
  • NURS G845 Primary Care of Adults Practicum
  • NURS G850 Primary Care of Adults and Women’s Health
  • NURS G855 Primary Care of Adults and Women’s Health Practicum
  • NURS G860 Gerontology in Primary Care
  • NURS G950 Integrated Behavioral Health

(Updated August 25, 2022)

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