Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum consists of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) core coursework (theory, advanced practice roles, evaluation and outcomes research, leadership and management, and advanced health promotion), DNP core coursework (information systems and patient care technology, epidemiology, analytical methods, translating research into practice, and health policy), a DNP Scholarly Project and the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty coursework.  The Family Nurse Practitioner core coursework focuses on client-centered clinical practice and prepares nurses to respond to the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s health care consumers, to manage direct care based on advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning, to incorporate health promotion and disease prevention interventions into health care delivery, and to recognize their potential for professional growth, responsibility and autonomy.

Total semester credit hours: 79

MSN CORE COURSES
NURS 523 Role of the Advanced Nurse (3)
NURS 524 Advanced Health Promotion (2)
NURS 525 Theoretical Foundations (3)
NURS 526 Nursing Leadership and Management (3)
NURS 527 Evaluation and Outcomes Research (3)
NURS 530 Resource Management (3)
NURS 531 Care & Outcomes Manager Practicum I (3)
NURS 540 Illness/Disease Management (2)

FNP CORE COURSES
NURS 580 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
NURS 582 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NURS 583 Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics (3)
NURS 584 Family Nurse Practitioner I (5)
NURS 585 Family Nurse Practitioner II (5)
NURS 561 Management of Mental Health Conditions in Primary Care (2)
NURS 562 Primary Care Management of Women and Children (4)
NURS 594 Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical Capstone (3)

DNP CORE COURSES
NURS 623 Information Systems and Patient Care Technology (3)
NURS 625 Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 630 Analytical Methods for Evidence Based Practice (3)
NURS 631 Translating Research: Improving Practice and Outcomes (3)
NURS 627 Policy and Politics: Implications for Health Care (3)
NURS 695 Transition to DNP Practice (1)

DNP SCHOLARLY PROJECT COURSES
NURS 681 DNP Scholarly Proposal Seminar: Planning (2)
NURS 682 DNP Scholarly Project: Implementation I (3)
NURS 683 DNP Scholarly Project: Implementation II (2)
NURS 684 DNP Scholarly Project: Evaluation and Dissemination (4)
NURS 699 DNP Scholarly Project:  Capstone (2)

For the most part, classes are held Thursday evenings and all day Fridays, with a few daytime courses in the summer and January terms.

BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Course Sequence–Full-Time (3 years)

BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Course Sequence–Part-Time (4 years)

BSN to DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Course Sequence – Full-Time (3 years)

BSN to DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Course Sequence – Part-Time (4 years)

Sample schedule of class days/times

Psychiatric Mental Health Curriculum

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum consists of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) core coursework (theory, advanced practice roles, evaluation and outcomes research, leadership and management, and advanced health promotion), DNP core coursework (information systems and patient care technology, epidemiology, analytical methods, translating research into practice, and health policy), a DNP Scholarly Project and the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty coursework.  The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner core coursework focuses on primary care services to the psychiatric-mental health population. PMH-APRNs are prepared to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families with psychiatric disorders or the potential for such disorders using their full scope of therapeutic skills, including the prescription of medication and administration of psychotherapy.

Total semester credit hours: 90

MSN CORE COURSES
NURS 523 Role of the Advanced Nurse (3)
NURS 524 Advanced Health Promotion (2)
NURS 525 Theoretical Foundations (3)
NURS 526 Nursing Leadership and Management (3)
NURS 527 Evaluation and Outcomes Research (3)
NURS 530 Resource Management (3)
NURS 531 Care & Outcomes Manager Practicum I (3)
NURS 540 Illness/Disease Management (2)

PMH NP CORE COURSES
NURS 651 Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan (3)
NURS 652 Management of Substance-related and Addictive Disorders (2)
NURS 653 PMHNP I: Psychopathology, Assessment, Diagnosis and Management Across the Lifespan (7) 180 hours clinical
NURS 654 PMHNP II Psychopathology, Assessment, Diagnosis and Management Across the Lifespan (6) 180 hours clinical
NURS 655 PMHNP III Psychotherapies Across the Lifespan (4) 120 hours clinical
NURS 656 PMHNP IV Psychotherapies Across the Lifespan (4) 120 hours clinical
NURS 657 PMHNP Capstone (4) 180 hours clinical

DNP CORE COURSES
NURS 623 Information Systems and Patient Care Technology (3)
NURS 625 Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 630 Analytical Methods for Evidence Based Practice (3)
NURS 631 Translating Research: Improving Practice and Outcomes (3)
NURS 627 Policy and Politics: Implications for Health Care (3)
NURS 695 Transition to DNP Practice (1)

DNP SCHOLARLY PROJECT COURSES
NURS 681 DNP Scholarly Proposal Seminar: Planning (2)
NURS 682 DNP Scholarly Project: Implementation I (3)
NURS 683 DNP Scholarly Project: Implementation II (2)
NURS 684 DNP Scholarly Project: Evaluation and Dissemination (4)
NURS 699 DNP Scholarly Project:  Capstone (2)

For the most part, classes are held Thursday evenings and all day Fridays, with a few daytime courses in the summer and January terms.

BSN to DNP PMH Course Sequence–Full-Time (3 years)