DNP/FNP Program Requirements
The DNP is a terminal degree in nursing that builds upon baccalaureate education to prepare nurses for the highest level of advanced clinical practice. The DNP program fulfills a need in the profession, so that advanced practice nurses may provide leadership in an evolving and increasingly complex healthcare system. The program prepares graduates to demonstrate competencies in evidence-based practice, organizational leadership, interdisciplinary and collaborative practice to solve healthcare problems, population health, finance, translational research, quality improvement, and policy development that enhance healthcare delivery models. The DNP graduate will be a visionary leader for practice of nursing and the delivery of healthcare in all settings, with the goals of improving individual patient care and population health outcomes.
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.
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). The program is constructed as a cohort entrance in the fall of each academic year, which will allow students to complete the requirements for both the FNP and DNP within a 3-year time structure. 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 (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.
Program Admission Requirements
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FNP Courses (39 Credit Hours/660 Clinical Hours)
- DNP 500 - Advanced Health Assessment and Differential Diagnosis for FNP
- DNP 505 - Advanced Pathophysiology for FNP
- DNP 510 - Advanced Concepts of Clinical Nursing (Adult/Primary)
- DNP 515 - Advanced Pharmacology for FNP
- DNP 520 - Advanced Concepts of Clinical Nursing (Women's/Primary)
- DNP 525 - Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
- DNP 530 - Advanced Concepts of Clinical Nursing (Pediatrics/Primary)
- DNP 535 - Behavioral Health
- DNP 540 - Advanced Concepts of Clinical Nursing (Geriatrics/Primary)
- DNP 550 - FNP Integrated Practicum
DNP Courses (33 Credit Hours/340 Clinical Hours)
- DNP 600 - Role of the DNP
- DNP 605 - Epidemiology and Applied Statistics
- DNP 615 - Scientific Foundations for Doctoral Nursing Practice
- DNP 625 - Leadership and Interdisciplinary Collaboration
- DNP 635 - Legal, Ethical and Policy Issues in DNP
- DNP 645 - Translational Research for DNP
- DNP 655 - Evaluation Methods for DNP
- DNP 665 - Nursing Informatics for DNP
- DNP 675 - Healthcare Finance for Providers
- DNP 670 - DNP Scholarly Project I
- DNP 680 - DNP Scholarly Project II
- DNP 690 - DNP Scholarly Project III