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Post-Baccalaureate DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner Course Work

The list of courses below is for students who enter the DNP program with a bachelor’s degree. If you are a post-master’s DNP student, refer to the Post-Master’s DNP-FNP Course Work page for a complete list of required courses.

View the Course Catalog for course descriptions.


Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits & Practicum Hours74
(600 hours FNP specialty, 480 hours DNP general)
NURS 503Scientific Inquiry in Nursing2
NURS 504Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 505Analytical Foundations for Practice Inquiry3
NURS 508Diagnostics and Procedures for Primary Care Practice2
NURS 509Clinical Decision Making: Essential Concepts & Diagnostic Reasoning3
NURS 513Primary Care I: Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Disease Detection Across the Lifespan3
NURS 514Primary Care Practicum I2 (minimum of 120 clinic hours)
NURS 515Primary Care II: Acute Health Conditions Across the Lifespan3
NURS 516Primary Care Practicum II2 (minimum of 120 clinic hours)
NURS 518Translating Evidence into Practice3 (60 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 537Primary Care III: Chronic Health Conditions Across the Lifespan3
NURS 538Primary Care Practicum III2 (minimum of 120 clinic hours)
NURS 540NP Clinical Practicum4 credits throughout program 60 hours each (240 clinic hours total)
NURS 553*Organizational Systems and Leadership II3 (60 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 554Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Health Professions3
NURS 557*DNP Project I3 (60 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 558*DNP Project II3 (120 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 559*DNP Project III3 (120 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 562Advanced Health Assessment and Differential Diagnosis3
NURS 563Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS 565Information Management for Clinical Practice3
NURS 573Rational Prescribing3
NURS 576Organizational Systems and Leadership I3 (60 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 581Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 584Healthcare Law, Policy, and Analysis3
NURS 591Introductions to Mixed Methods and Evaluation3

*Practicum courses require the completion of pre-approved experience with a preceptor who is an organizational leader and who has completed a master’s degree in nursing or a related field.