About the DNP-FNP track

The Post-BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) to DNP-FNP track of study prepares nurses for advanced nursing leadership and integrative primary care of families across cultures and care settings. Emphasis is on eliminating health inequities through peaceful, just, and collaborative actions that uphold and improve human potential.

Based on The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) and the core competencies identified by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF, 2012), the DNP-FNP curriculum prepares advanced practice nurses to:

  • Co-create change within and across organizations and health care systems,
  • Humanize health care services to eliminate health inequities,
  • Advance evidenced-based practice and initiate practice-based care models,
  • Influence health policy and advocate for underserved populations,
  • Weave networks of understanding and collaboration across disciplines and cultures,
  • Work with persons marginalized by oppressive societal structures,
  • Prevent disease and illness as an ethical commitment to communities,
  • Enhance human health locally while maintaining a global perspective,
  • Embrace holistic perspectives as context for health, healing and well-being,
  • Use multiple healing practice modalities among diverse populations, and
  • Demonstrate the highest level of accountability as a licensed independent professional family nurse practitioner.

Graduates of the DNP-FNP track of study will be eligible to apply for certification through the following professional organizations:

Time to Completion

Students may study full-time (6 or more semester credits per term, including summers) and/or part-time (5 or less semester credits per term, including summers). A part-time program of study in the Post-BSN to DNP/FNP track can be completed in 5 to 6 years. Students who chose to study full-time, and have a BSN (or a BAN) degree, can complete their program of study in 4 years. Full-time study is required for all students when they are enrolled in courses and clinical practica focused on primary care of families. Usually, students will be completing these requirements the last two years in the program.

Classes and Class Format

DNP-FNP courses are all offered using a variety of hybrid formats—immersion in a cultural context, on-line, in person, video-conferencing, etc. In general, one’s physical presence in class is required at least once or twice per month. Classes are held on Augsburg’s campus in Minneapolis and at the Branch Campus (Bethel Lutheran Church) in Rochester, MN.

Classes taught in an immersion format off-campus and abroad are optional, however, students are highly encouraged to enroll in these life-transforming experiences. (See: http://www.augsburg.edu/dnp-fnp/practica-and-study-abroad-for-the-dnp-fnp/ ) Video conferencing is used to connect Rochester and Minneapolis for some classes, however, all students and faculty must be prepared to travel at least once a term between Rochester and Minneapolis for classes.

Semester Credit Hours in the Post-BSN to DNP-FNP

Students matriculating into the DNP program with a BSN or BAN degree will complete a minimum of 84 semester credit hours, including:

  • 57 didactic credit hours – 19 three-semester credit hour courses
  • 23 practicum credit hours – 1035 ‘clock’ hours of practicum
  • 4 seminar credit hours – 4 one-semester credit hour seminars

Practica and Integrative Primary Care Clinicals

Practica are offered in a variety of transcultural settings, including inpatient hospital settings, outpatient clinics, healing centers and other emerging care settings in communities locally and globally.  Of the 23 semester credit hours of practicum, 14 semester credits or 630 ‘clock’ hours focus on integrative primary care of families.

Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. Officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Accreditation Agency, the CCNE is an autonomous accrediting body that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs throughout the country.

 

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