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Family Nursing Practitioner: Nursing Practice, D.N.P.

College of Nursing

This degree program prepares nurses as clinical practitioners/scholars for advanced practice clinical roles.

As a graduate, you'll be able to provide direct patient management in primary care across many complex health systems as well as population-based and application science to improve patient outcomes.

Program Highlights

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    Nationally Respected

    Advance your skills within graduate programs ranked No. 1 nationally by U.S. News & World Report (2023).

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    Innovative Learning

    Grow your clinical skills in the college's innovative, teaching-education accredited Clinical Simulation Center.

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    Academic Distinction

    Join a doctoral nursing program that was one of the first four D.N.P. programs in the country.

What You’ll Study

This curriculum prepares nurses for family nurse practitioner national certification. Through online classes and select on-campus immersions, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to implement evidence-based practices and systemwide changes to improve patient outcomes.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Collaboration

    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

    Interpersonal Skills

    Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations

    Decision-making Expertise

    Applying critical thinking and analytical skills to make informed and effective decisions

  • Multicultural Awareness

    Understanding cultural variation and adapting behaviors and communication styles accordingly


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

    Treat Injuries

    Providing medical care to individuals who have been injured or harmed

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Workplace Settings

  • Primary/Family Practice
  • Urgent Care
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers

My top three reasons for returning to school were to show my children that it is never too late to reach for goals, increased professional satisfaction and a shortage in health care providers.

Beth Bowers
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