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Doctor of Nursing Practice / Family Nurse Practitioner

Be the Change in Patients’ Lives at the Highest Level 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 LR's Hickory campus.

The DNP program has two track options: BSN to DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate and a Post Master's DNP.

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BSN to DNP with FNP Certificate Track

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.

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 1,000 clinical hours with the completion of the degree.

Post Master's DNP Track

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 1,000 clinical hours with the completion of the degree.

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Program Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program 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.

State Authorization & Professional Licensure

Lenoir-Rhyne University is approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Although institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide education to students from all SARA member states, some states have an authorization process. This is an evolving area, therefore students who hold a license as a registered nurse outside the State of North Carolina are encouraged to contact the National Council on State Boards of Nursing and the professional certification board.

Take the Next Step

Achieve your personal and career goals. Enroll in the BSN to DNP or Post-Master's DNP program at Lenoir-Rhyne where your ambition and dedication will prepare you for what's next. Our enrollment counselors are here to help you explore your options and advance your career.

Enrollment

Emily Heaberlin
Director of Graduate Admission
828.328.7731
emily.heaberlin@lr.edu

Program Contacts

Dr. Kerry Thompson
Chair of the School of Nursing; Professor
kerry.thompson@lr.edu
828.328.7282

Dr. Diane Caruso
Director, DNP & FNP Program, Associate Professor, Nursing
diane.caruso@lr.edu
828.328.7962

 

Taylor Ramsey
The dual degree is shaping me to be a leader in health care and preparing me to take my practice as a nurse to the next level. In this program, we are pushed to think beyond diagnosing and treating patients and their disease. The nursing profession is emerging as a champion of change in health care and evidence-based practice care. Walking beside patients on their journey to wellness brings me great joy.”—Taylor Ramsey '16, DNP'22