The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing offers a Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track, to prepare registered nurses to deliver primary health care to clients of all ages with a focus on underserved individuals from a variety of cultures.
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.
Two program study options: BSN to DNP with a focus in Family Nurse Practitioner or Post Master’s DNP practice degree for the FNP, a study option that allows nurses who have completed an advanced nursing degree to obtain a doctorate of nursing practice
Variety of clinical experiences designed to provide students with hands-on, real-life experience as an advanced practice nurse providing healthcare to individuals across the lifespan with an option for an international DNP project and mission opportunities
Curriculum emphasizes advanced nursing care of patients across the lifespan
DNP Program Outcomes
In congruence with The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006), the LHSON DNP Program outcomes are as follows:
Synthesize scientific evidence and methods to design, direct, and evaluate strategies to promote effective patient-centered care. Essential I: Scientific Underpinnings for Practice Essential III: Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
Incorporate leadership skills and interprofessional team building strategies to improve quality metrics within health care systems, organizations, and diverse practice settings. Essential II: Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking
Employ information systems and technology in the delivery of transformative health care. Essential IV: Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care
Advocate for evidence-based health policy to improve local, national, and/or global patient and health population outcomes. Essential V: Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
Utilize effective interprofessional communication and collaborative skills to facilitate improvement in population health Essential VI: Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and systems thinking in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care for clinical prevention and population health. Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health Essential VIII: Advanced Nursing Practice
(Approved Graduate Studies Committee 5/11/2016)
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).