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Family Nurse Practitioner

Doctoral Degree for Working Nurses

The B.S.N.-D.N.P., FNP program is designed for nurses with a bachelor’s degree. The D.N.P. is a clinical doctorate, incorporating courses to prepare graduates for the family nurse practitioner (FNP) role and the role of leader in clinical research.  As a graduate of the D.N.P. program, you will gain knowledge in leadership, business, finance, policy and informatics in addition to the clinical expertise as a family provider. These skills will empower you to affect health outcomes for not only individual patients and families but also on a more global level.

The D.N.P. program is a part-time, hybrid program with a mixture of online and on campus educational experiences. The nurse practitioner faculty at UNC are dedicated to educating students for the current and future health care environments. The program has a strong focus on underserved and rural populations, preparing advocates for reform in primary health care with the potential for significant positive changes to address health disparity and promote social justice.

Degree Details

Credits Required:



Greeley/Loveland + Online (Hybrid)

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B.S.N.-D.N.P. with Family Nurse Practitioner Focus

The program meets the recommended standards for nurse practitioner education set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the National Task Force (NTF) for Quality Nurse Practitioner Education (2002). Each student will complete a clinical research project focused on improving patient care and implementing evidence into practice settings. The project will be guided by expert faculty and focus on each students’ passion for improving health outcomes.

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Your Future in Family Nursing Practice

The nursing profession faces a critical leadership shortage. Nurses are being asked to shoulder greater levels of responsibility, while mastering increasingly complex scientific knowledge and technology. The BSN-DNP degree with Family Nurse Practitioner focus will qualify you to meet the demand for highly proficient practitioners and professional leaders. You'll be highly qualified to provide primary care, lead nursing teams, interact with varied health care specialists, mentor young professionals and help to formulate future policies and practices. Your ability to measure health care outcomes and complete program evaluations will enhance patient care on both an individual and community level.

Consider UNC's B.S.N.-D.N.P. degree if you want to:

  • Reach your full potential in nursing as an advanced practice nurse
  • Make a difference in patient outcomes on a daily basis
  • Work with diverse and vulnerable populations
  • Become and advance practice nurse with highly specialized skills

You’ll learn:

  • Advanced standards of practice
  • How to promote health and prevent disease for individuals, families and communities
  • To diagnose, manage and develop treatment plans for complex issues and illnesses across the lifespan
  • To develop a high level of critical thinking and communication ability
  • Policy and leadership expertise
  • Business and finance skills

Sample courses:

  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Acute Care of Adults
  • Chronic Care of Adults
  • Health Care of Women & Children
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Advanced Clinical Topics

Where can your degree take you? 

Advanced Treatment

Advanced treatment of patients with episodic and chronic illnesses

Leadership and Advanced Patient Care

Leadership roles in nursing and healthcare

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Health care policy making

Advanced Treatment

Participation in research

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