Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the highest degree for clinical nursing practice. The DNP at Frontier Nursing University is designed for registered nurses interested in taking their nursing career to the next level. Our DNP program provides an education based on evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership that provides nurses with the leadership skills and clinical expertise they need to serve at the highest clinical levels and impact health care in their communities and the world.
Why Should You Pursue a DNP at FNU?
You should consider pursuing a DNP at FNU if you want to go beyond serving your community to be a leader for positive change and improved standards of care. With a DNP from FNU, you’ll be ready to take on the leadership positions that allow you to enact political change, mold the next generation of nurses, and ensure patients are receiving optimal health care. As part of FNU’s DNP curriculum, you’ll complete a Quality Improvement Project that allows you to tailor your project to the practice and community you serve.
FNU students who complete the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program will have the option to continue on to the DNP program. Students who complete the Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) program will have the option to continue on to the Post-Master’s DNP program.
Post-Master’s DNP (for nurses who already have an MSN)
If you hold an MSN, our Post-Master’s DNP degree program is 30* credit hours and is designed for certified nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners.
Start with an MSN or PGC (with option to complete a DNP)
If you are a registered nurse interested in pursuing an MSN or PGC at FNU in one of our nurse-midwife or nurse practitioner specialties, you may continue on to the DNP program after completing the MSN or PGC.
What Can You Expect from Your DNP Program?
- Complete the program online with 30 credit hours in 15 or 18 months
- In collaboration with your clinical site, lead a rapid cycle quality improvement project
- One three-day on-campus experience (orientation before beginning the program)
- Small cohort of students
- Click here to learn about the DNP Project and Practicum Experience