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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): BS-DNP (FNP Specialization)

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If you’ve earned your bachelor’s degree in nursing and are ready to pursue a DNP, our program is for you The NIU BS-DNP, Family Nurse Practitioner specialization program prepares you for an advanced practice role, and to lead innovative, evidence-based practice initiatives that focus on quality improvement, leadership, informatics, policy, advocacy and population health.

The DNP. degree is practice-focused and after completing the program, you will be eligible to sit for national certification exams. With our flexible DNP. program, you can balance work and family obligations while taking your career to the next level. You can pursue the degree full or part-time. You'll have access to the outstanding curriculum and faculty our nursing school is known for, with the added convenience of working at your own pace. The coursework for the program is offered online, with hybrid experiences (health assessment, FNP internships, skills courses and DNP practicums). Practicum experiences must be completed in person.

Curriculum

Our education model (PDF) emphasizes a wide range of advanced nursing knowledge and skills. Your coursework will focus on addressing the issues and needs of diverse client populations and health care systems through evidence-based practices.

Our rigorous program includes 76 credit hours, three FNP internships (adult, pediatrics and women’s health/specialty option) and three DNP practicums. View a sample plan.

Like our M.S. in Nursing, FNP Specialization, you’ll select five skill courses based on your education priorities. Those course topics include diagnostic reasoning, orthopedic skills, primary care for women.

You'll complete a scholarly project as part of your coursework. Over the course of three semesters, you'll work with a team to plan, implement and evaluate an initiative that addresses a practice issue in a health care organization or system.

Learn more about course requirements.

Admission Information

You need to have a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing in order to apply to our Doctor of Nursing Practice program. You also need to meet NIU's clinical requirements. Review our admission information for complete details.

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