DNP - Post-Baccalaureate Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Post-Baccalaureate Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Doctoral-prepared family nurse practitioners provide primary care to populations across the lifespan within a community setting. Career settings may include – primary care clinics, community-based health centers, or a variety of other emerging opportunities.

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Doctoral-prepared family nurse practitioners provide primary care to populations across the lifespan within a community setting. Students will develop a variety of skills, including: assessment & management of acute and chronic illness, promoting wellness and disease prevention, and the ability to integrate best evidence into practice. Career settings may include – primary care clinics, community-based health centers, or a variety of other emerging opportunities.

The DNP-FNP program is a 79-credit hour program offered in a blended format, with a majority of classes taken online but also including on-campus intensives. This 8-semester program offers both full and part time options. Additionally, the HSON Clinical Site Specialist assists with practicum placement in the students’ home region to accommodate the schedule of a working adult. A post-doctoral certificate is also available for this program.

Pending SACSCOC and ACEN approval

Accreditation for the Hunt School of Nursing is maintained through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN) located at ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, phone: (404) 975-5000 and information can be found on the ACEN website.

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After you've earned your DNP-FNP degree, you'll have expanded opportunities within a variety of work environments. Specifically, the DNP-FNP track serves to::

  • Synthesize scientific and theoretical knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to implement best practice approaches reflective of the highest level of nursing.
  • Collaborate with institutional, local, state, federal, and/or international leaders to make data-driven decisions to improve health care outcomes.
  • Lead intra- and inter-professional teams to advocate for and implement policies, which improve individual and population health.
  • Engage in leadership to integrate evidence-based clinical prevention and health services for individuals and populations.
  • Develop and sustain therapeutic and programmatic interventions and partnerships with patients, populations, and professionals, appropriate to advance nursing specialization.

Application for admission to the DNP-FNP track is made through the Gardner-Webb University Graduate School. In order to enroll students from a variety of nursing backgrounds with the greatest potential for successfully completing the program, the following criteria will be used for consideration of acceptance:

  • Current, unrestricted Registered Nurse licensure in United States
  • Two years of active RN practice with a minimum of 1100 hours per year. Active RN experience must have taken place within the past 3 years with a Statement of Description of Work Experience;
  • Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the current state of residence any another state lived in during the past ten years

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the course rotation.

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited nursing program
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work or last 64 hours of undergraduate or graduate work
  • Updated resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended, sent to:

    Gardner-Webb University
    Digital Learning
    PO Box 1896
    Boiling Springs, NC 28017

    Or official electronic transcripts to gradinfo@gardner-webb.edu
  • Immunizations as required by the University
  • Three completed professional references submitted on the “Graduate Study Reference Form

    References may be from past or current professors, supervisors, or professional colleagues. The references should attest to your potential for success in the DNP program, including preparation, initiative, and aptitude, and commitment to the profession.
  • RN applicants with a baccalaureate degree in another field may be accepted but must meet additional requirements prior to admission.

    The requirements include completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course, BSN-level nursing research course, BSN-level communication skills in nursing course. A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in each course in order to meet requirements.
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