Jun 10, 2023  
2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog

Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP) Population/Role: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

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Terminal Objectives

The DNP degree is designed to prepare graduates to function as highly developed clinicians and leaders in advanced nursing practice or systems of care. Graduates are prepared to practice in a variety of complex clinical, organizational and educational systems with diverse populations, and are able to affect changes in health care outcomes through evidence-based decision-making and system redesign.

  • Integrate science-based theories and data-based concepts to develop, critically appraise and implement practice approaches that improve health care and health care systems
  • Apply organizational theories and systems thinking to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness and safety outcomes of practice decisions and initiatives
  • Apply effective strategies for managing the ethical dilemmas inherent in patient care, the health care organization and research
  • Apply knowledge of informatics to monitor and improve outcomes, programs and systems of care
  • Provide leadership in influencing policies on the financing, regulation and delivery of health care
  • Lead interprofessional teams to improve patient and population health outcomes
  • Function independently in an advanced nursing role to improve health outcomes in a specialty area of practice

Graduation Requirements

The DNP degree requires a minimum of 62 term hours of post-baccalaureate or 30 term hours of post-master’s study. All Doctor of Nursing Practice students must complete degree requirements within five years.


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DNP Practica and Project

Subtotal: 12

Total: 71

Minimum credits required: Successful completion of the FNP BSN to DNP track requires 71 term hours as a minimum for graduation. Upon review of an individual’s academic portfolio, additional courses or clinical hour may be required.

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