Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

BSN Entry to DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Nurse Practitioner (FNP/ENP)

The integrated BSN to DNP FNP/ENP program focuses on preparing students to provide an advanced level of evidence-based care in emergency settings. In addition, the program emphasizes DNP skills such as the implementation and evaluation of evidence, systems-level thinking, care quality and safety and the development of meaningful interventions that may improve outcomes of care for the selected patient population. The program advances students’ preparation to serve as leaders of multidisciplinary teams in emergency settings. 

The FNP/ENP BSN to DNP gives the registered nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree the ability to earn the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in eight semesters and without first obtaining a master’s-level nursing degree. The BSN to DNP plan of study requires a minimum of 77 credit hours completed in eight semesters of full-time study. A part time plan of study is not currently available. 

The program is structured so that students complete FNP, ENP, and core DNP coursework first, and then transition into DNP-specific practice courses. Students will be eligible to take the FNP and ENP certification exams upon completion of specialty-specific course work and will be doctoral prepared nurse practitioners upon graduation. 

Applicants are required to have at least two years of current RN work experience, one full year of which must be as an RN in the Emergency Department, along with current TNCC, ACLS, and PALS certifications.