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ABOUT DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a practice-focused doctoral program that prepares registered nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to transform practice and improve health outcomes through the application of advanced nursing knowledge.

LR’s DNP program is constructed with working adult learners in mind. The majority of the program is constructed in an online but highly interactive environment with several immersions planned to create collegial relationships among both students and faculty. Immersions occur on the Hickory Campus.

Lenoir-Rhyne University's DNP program has two track options:
  • BSN to DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate
  • Post Master's DNP

BSN to DNP with FNP Certificate Track

ABOUT THE BSN TO DNP
The BSN TO DNP program assists students to build upon the baccalaureate nursing skills and develop advanced nursing competencies to function as a family nurse practitioner. The curriculum is constructed as a BSN to DNP program which allows for national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

The nurse practitioner role enables the advanced practice nurse to diagnose and manage acute minor illness and chronic disease processes. Certification as an FNP provides a wide variety of practice opportunities and is focused on maximizing health and prevention of disease in a variety of settings. The BSN to DNP program is designed for registered nurses and offers clinical specialization toward certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

PROGRAM STANDARDS
The BSN to DNP program uses the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ Nurse Practitioner Primary Core Competencies in Specialty Areas (AACN-NONPF), the National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) BSN & DNP Essentials, DNP Toolkit, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) core competencies and Quality and Safety in Education of Nurses (QSEN) standards as guidelines for all program outcomes.

The program will allow students to meet the national accreditation requirement of 1000 clinical hours with the completion of the degree.

DNP ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSBSN to DNP with FNP Certificate TRACK REQUIREMENTS

Post Master's DNP Track

ABOUT THE POST MASTER'S DNP
The Post Master's DNP program assists students to build upon the master’s degree in nursing and develop advanced nursing competencies to function as a doctorally-prepared nurse. The curriculum is constructed as a MSN to DNP program. Nurses are prepared to transform practice and improve health outcomes through the application of advanced nursing knowledge. This program is designed for registered nurses with master’s degrees such as MSN Administration, MSN Nurse Anesthesia, Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL) or any Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN’s) who hold a Master’s degree in a nursing related field.

PROGRAM STANDARDS
The Post Master's DNP program uses the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) MSN & DNP Essentials, DNP Toolkit, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) core competencies and Quality and Safety in Education of Nurses (QSEN) standards as guidelines for all program outcomes.

The program will allow students to meet the national accreditation requirement of 1000 clinical hours with the completion of the degree.

DNP ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSPost Master's DNP TRACK REQUIREMENTS

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PROGRAM ACCREDITATION
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Lenoir-Rhyne University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Program Contact

Dr. Kerry Thompson

Chair of the School of Nursing; Professor
Hickory Campus

Dr. Diane Caruso

Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice & Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Hickory Campus