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 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. (Immersion experiences will occur on the Hickory Campus: two immersions in the first semester, one immersion in the remaining semesters).Lenoir-Rhyne University's DNP program has two track options:
- Family Nurse Practitioner/Doctor of Nursing Practice (FNP/DNP)
- Master of Science in Nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN/DNP)
- Synthesize, integrate and apply nursing science with knowledge from the arts and sciences into clinical expertise to deliver advanced nursing and healthcare services to diverse populations;
- Assume leadership roles in the evaluation, design, organization and improvement of health care delivery;
- Discover, integrate, connect, disseminate, and translate research across disciplines to reduce risk, promote safety and enhance quality of clinical practice;
- Employ effective communication and interdisciplinary collaboration skills to solve complex problems, facilitate change and promote improved quality care; and
- Engage in safe, effective and efficient advanced nursing practice within a defined specialization.
The FNP/DNP program assists students to build upon the baccalaureate nursing skills and develop advanced nursing competencies to function as a family nurse practitioner. Therefore, the curriculum is constructed as a BSN to DNP program.
The practitioner degree enables the nurse to diagnose and manage most common illnesses, including chronic ones, either independently or as a part of a health care team. FNP's largely focus on health maintenance, disease prevention, counseling, and patient education in a wide variety of settings. The FNP/DNP program is designed for registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees, and offers one clinical specialization track at the Master’s degree level: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).
The FNP is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) that has competencies in family health promotion and the clinical management of common health conditions across the lifespan. FNP’s manage acute and chronic medical conditions, which can be both physical and mental in nature. They complete history and physical exams, order diagnostic tests, and provide medical treatments. They are qualified to diagnose medical problems, order treatments, perform advanced procedures, prescribe medications and make referrals for a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions within their scope of practice. FNP’s work in hospitals, private offices, clinics, and nursing homes or long term care facilities.
The MSN to DNP program assists students to build upon the master’s degree in nursing and develop advanced nursing competencies to function as a doctoral prepared nurse. Therefore, the curriculum is constructed as a MSN to DNP program.
The MSN/DNP 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. The MSN/DNP program is designed for registered nurses with master’s degrees. The program will allow students to meet the national accreditation requirement of 1000 clinical hours with the completion of the program.
The FNP/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. Accordingly, the program prepares students for higher level Nursing practice through advanced content knowledge, enhanced critical thinking skills, and appropriate professional dispositions.
The Family Nurse Practitioner/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.
The master's degree program in nursing at Lenoir-Rhyne University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.