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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 on the AACN advanced-level nursing education core competencies for Professional Nursing Education (2021) and the core competencies identified by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF, 2022), the DNP-FNP curriculum prepares advanced practice nurses to:

  • Design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based practice to improve health care outcomes
  • Assess, treat, and manage disease process to promote wellness across the lifespan
  • Head interdisciplinary health care teams
  • Weave networks of understanding and collaboration across disciplines and cultures
  • Work with persons marginalized by oppressive societal structures
  • Employ transcultural advocacy skills to promote health
  • 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
  • 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 study full-time (6 or more semester credits per term, including summers).  Students who have a BSN (or a BAN) degree, can complete their program of study in 4 years.

Classes and Class Format

DNP-FNP courses are all offered using a variety of hybrid formats – immersion in a cultural context, online, 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.

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: study abroad).

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:

  • 52 didactic credit hours: 1-3 semester credit hour courses
  • 24 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 outpatient clinics, healing centers and other emerging care settings in communities locally and globally.  Of the 23 semester credit hours of practicum, 17 semester credits or 765 ‘clock’ hours focus on integrative primary care of families.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Augsburg University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.