Family Nurse Practitioner

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.

In order to provide the best preparation for professionals, the Baylor Family Nurse Practitioner faculty believe that each student should be recognized as an adult learner, who comes to the program with already existing skills and knowledge. To expand these skills and knowledge, optimal learning occurs in an environment that is rich in experiences. The role of the modern Family Nurse Practitioner encompasses clinical competency as well as professional responsibilities. Thus, the education program is committed to facilitating the adoption of the professional roles inherent in advanced practice nursing. The program coordinator is Lori Spies, RN, NP-C PhD.

The program of study conforms to educational guidelines from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (NTF). Graduates of the program are 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 curriculum provides didactic (theory) and clinical components organized within the framework set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's The Essentials of DNP Education for Advanced Practice Nursing.

There are two program study options:
1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a major in Family Nurse Practitioner.

2. Post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) for Family Nurse Practitioner, a study option which allows nurses who have completed an advanced nursing degree (master's or doctorate) to prepare for the Family Nurse Practitioner role.

Application process for the FNP program:

  • Complete the online graduate school application.
  • Baccalaureate Degree with a major in nursing
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE or MAT scores, taken within the last 5 years.
  • One (1) year of full time experience as a practicing professional nurse (additional work experience may be required by faculty)

If selected to be interviewed for admission

  • A writing sample on site
  • A personal interview
  • Current licensure to practice as an RN in Texas before beginning course of study
  • Documentation of successful completion of a graduate level statistics course

Full-time and part-time degree plans are available. Graduate student tuition is based on credit hours, not a flat rate and is consistent with that of Baylor University. Fees are added after the per credit tuition rate. Technology such as laptops, smart phones, etc. may be of value, but are up to the individual and personal preference.

Application Deadlines
For the fall start date applicants should plan to complete all admission materials on or before February 1.

Financial Assistance
Students admitted to the Graduate Program in Nursing may be eligible for scholarship/graduate tuition assistance through the school of nursing. Scholarship funds are limited and are awarded based on tuition cost after students register for classes. Federal assistance in the form of student loans is available through the Baylor University Financial Aid Office. Federal student loans require completion of FAFSA by students at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please contact Endalk Tulu, Louise Herrington School of Nursing Financial Aid Coordinator, for additional information.

For More Information Contact:
Mrs. Elaine Lark
Coordinator of Recruitment and Enrollment
Email Elaine_Lark@baylor.edu
Phone 214-818-7839
Fax 214-820-3835