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MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice

Post-Master’s DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty (Non-ARNP prepared) 

The post-masters DNP for masters-prepared nurses who wish to complete the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty builds on master’s level coursework.  The PLU Doctor of Nursing Practice degree prepares graduates in the advanced practice specialty area of Family Nurse Practitioner who are able to develop and evaluate quality within a health system, collaborate with interprofessional teams to improve health outcomes, and be a leader in the nursing profession.  Successful completion of the DNP Family Nurse Practitioner program qualifies students to sit for national certifying examinations for Family Nurse Practitioner, making them eligible under Washington State law for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) licensure.

FNP Scope of Practice

Family Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses who are prepared, through advanced education and clinical training, to provide a wide range of preventive and acute health care services to individuals of all ages.  FNPs complete graduate-level education preparation that leads to a doctoral degree. FNPs take health histories and provide complete physical examinations; diagnose and treat many common acute and chronic problems; interpret laboratory results and X-rays; prescribe and manage medications and other therapies; provide health teaching and supportive counseling with an emphasis on prevention of illness and health maintenance; and refer patients to other health professionals as needed. In the United States, because the profession is state-regulated, care provided by FNPs varies. Some nurse practitioners work independently of physicians while, in other states, a collaborative agreement with a physician is required for practice.  FNPs can generally:
•    Perform minor surgeries and procedures
•    Exercise autonomy in clinical decision-making
•    Provide patient education and counseling
•    Provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic health services
•    Promote wellness and prevention of disease and injury
•    Perform physical exams and health histories
•    Practice in collaboration with all members of the health care team
•    Order and interpret laboratory tests and diagnostic studies
•    Engage in research, education, patient advocacy, and administrative activities
•    Diagnose and treat illnesses
•    Have prescriptive privileges in most states

Program Start Date

Summer term each year—early to mid-June

Program Length

2 years

Class Schedule

For the most part, classes are held Thursday evenings and all day Fridays, with a few day courses in the summer and January terms.  The program is full-time, however part-time study is available.

Application Deadline

J-term or Spring Start--November 1

Summer Start--November 15

DNP candidates may apply for admission at any time during the year, however, application by the priority deadline will enhance applicants' potential for admission and for arranging financial assistance.  Applications are not reviewed until after the application deadline, and decisions are typically made from March through April.  Applications received after the priority deadline may be accepted on a space-available basis.


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Affordability and Financial Aid

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Questions? Contact Us

To request more information or ask questions, please contact us:

Office of Admission, Graduate Programs
Phone: (253) 535-8570

PLU School of Nursing
Phone: (253) 535-7672

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