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Post Bachelor's to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Emphasis

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepares nurses for specialized advanced nursing practice with the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise.  DNP graduates are expert nurse clinicians with critical thinking, leadership, and political policy skills needed to advocate and create changes in healthcare practice at individual, population, and organizational systems levels.

This hybrid DNP degree program is designed for nurses with a BSN degree who are interested in a practice focused doctorate.  It is designed for the practicing BSN RN as a four year, part-time (fewer than 9 credit hours/semester) program meeting on campus one day per week (Thursdays) or online.  

The Application Deadline each year is February 1st. Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2018 start. Admission priority is given to those meeting the deadline. Completed applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Leadership Committee in the month of February. If the cohort is not filled with the initial review of applications in February, additional applications will be considered on a space available basis until the cohort is full. Applicants not receiving admission can contact the UNC Graduate School to have their application considered in the next admission cycle for the following fall start. Admission is competitive. There is no waitlist.  Please email nursing@unco.edu if you have further questions.

This program of study meets the guidelines for nurse practitioner education as recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.


Graduates are qualified to be recognized as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from the State Board of Nursing, apply for national certification, and provide primary care health promotion and disease management for patients with episodic or chronic illnesses across the life span focusing on the underserved. 


The UNC Post-Bachelor's Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-to-DNP) degree program with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) emphasis program is brought to students through UNC Extended Campus.  Visit their website for additional details about tuition, course descriptions, and eligibility requirements.


For advising and other questions about the Post-Bachelor's Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-to-DNP) degree program with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) emphasis program, please contact Mellany Archer, Graduate Program Management Specialist, at mellany.archer@unco.edu or 970-351-2234.