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Post-Master’s DNP – FNP Curriculum

This track is for students who already have a master’s degree but want to become a family nurse practitioner and earn their DNP. Students must take the following course work.

View the Course Catalog for course descriptions.


Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
Total Credits & Hours69
(600 hours FNP Specialty, 480 hours DNP general)
NURS 505Analytical Foundations for Practice Inquiry3
NURS 508Diagnostics and Procedures for Primary Care Practice2
NURS 509Clinical Decision Making: Essential Concepts and Diagnostic Reasoning3
NURS 513Primary Care I: Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Disease Detection Across the Lifespan3
NURS 514*Primary Care Practicum I2 (minimum of 120 clinic hours)
NURS 515Primary Care II: Acute Health Conditions Across the Lifespan3
NURS 516*Primary Care Practicum II2 (minimum of 120 clinic hours)
NURS 518Translating Evidence into Practice3
NURS 537Primary Care III: Chronic Health Conditions Across the Lifespan3
NURS 538*Primary Care Practicum III2 (minimum 120 clinic hours)
NURS 540*NP Clinical Practicum4 credits throughout program 60 hours each (240 clinic hours total)
NURS 562Advanced Health Assessment and Differential Diagnosis3
NURS 553*Organizational Systems and Leadership II3 (minimum of 120 DNP practicum hours)
NURS 554Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Health Professions3
NURS 557*DNP Project I3 (minimum of 120 DNP practicum hours)
NURS 558*DNP Project II3 (minimum of 120 DNP practicum hours)
NURS 559*DNP Project III3 (minimum of 120 DNP practicum hours)
NURS 563Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS 565Information Management for Clinical Practice3
NURS 573Rational Prescribing3
NURS 576Organizational Systems and Leadership I3
NURS 581Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 584 Healthcare Law, Policy, and Analysis3
NURS 591Introduction 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 masters degree in nursing or a related field.

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