Family Nurse Practitioner DNP Program

Program Overview
The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing offers a Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) major, to prepare registered nurses to deliver primary health care to clients of all ages with a focus on underserved people from a variety of cultures. Baylor’s program emphasizes health promotion, disease prevention, management of acute and chronic illnesses, and advanced skills.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a Family Nurse Practitioner major is a 75 semester hour curriculum to prepare registered nurses to deliver primary health care to clients of all ages focusing on diverse population and health care needs. The curriculum is designed to prepare experienced nurses to be primary care providers in Texas, across the US and around the globe. The program is ideal for current and future missionary nurses and others interested in underserved populations and global health. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease prevention, management of acute and chronic illnesses, and advanced skills. Students have the option of completing part of their required clinical hours at an international site with faculty supervision.

Admission Requirement

  • Unencumbered license to practice as an RN
  • Baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Acceptable writing sample
  • Graduate level statistics course
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal or telephone interview
  • One year experience as a professional nurse

Family Nurse Practitioner Objectives
Graduates from the DNP/FNP will be prepared to:

  1. Practice as a competent nurse practitioner and help meet the health care needs locally and globally
  2. Provide comprehensive evidenced-based health care across the lifespan independently and in collaboration with other health care providers
  3. Provide health care information, counseling and guidance to promote health and prevent illness

Upon successful completion of the course of study, graduates will be eligible to sit for national Family Nurse Practitioner certification examinations offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The program of study conforms to the education guidelines from the State of Texas and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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