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DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Predominantly Online

Earn your DNP FNP at Messiah University

DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Predominantly Online

Designed for the working BSN to earn your DNP-FNP to lead advanced nursing care as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Advance your career as a family nurse practitioner with Messiah’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The Doctor of Nursing Practice family nurse practitioner program (post-BSN to DNP-FNP) provides extensive clinical practice and role preparation in caring for patients across the lifespan from a Christian faith perspective. Already have a master’s degree? Complete the DNP/FNP without repeating coursework. Transfer credits from your graduate-level courses.

“Messiah has prepared me in my career as a future nurse practitioner by providing rigorous academic education and also provided me with the skills that I need to work in my community as an advanced practice nurse.”

-Rosa Sanchez

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Why Messiah?

DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner overview

This degree will prepare those who have a BSN to provide leadership and service in promoting quality, holistic nursing care in an advanced role as a family nurse practitioner.

Program entry options
Program details
Careers
  • Family nurse practitioner
Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Messiah University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Messiah University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education. It is the highest accrediting authority recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for degree-granting colleges and universities located in Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and several other locations internationally.

Additional specialty options

Certificate of advanced graduate studies (CAGS) options:

The baccalaureate program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Messiah University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner courses & curriculum

The curriculum and coursework for Messiah University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is designed to be immediately relevant to your nursing career.




Family Nurse Practitioner (86 Credits)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares those who have a BSN to provide leadership and service in promoting quality, holistic nursing care in an advanced role as a family nurse practitioner. The DNP-FNP program provides extensive clinical practice and role preparation in caring for patients across the lifespan from a Christian faith perspective.

Complete the following:

Statistics for Evidence-based Practice

This course focuses on the development of skills needed to understand statistical analysis and reasoning. Emphasis is placed on comprehending the use and relevance of statistics in nursing research.

NURS 501 / 3 Credits

Nursing Research Design and Methodology

This course focuses on the critical appraisal of nursing research and methods of inquiry to guide evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the skills and knowledge needed to critically appraise and determine the strength of evidence available to inform issues of current nursing practice and education.

NURS 502 / 3 Credits

Advanced Pathophysiology

This course provides an in-depth analysis of physiological processes and pathological alterations that affect health across the lifespan. Synthesis and application of current research-based knowledge regarding pathological changes also are considered.

NURS 503 / 3 Credits

Advanced Pharmacology

This course focuses on a study of the pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics of broad categories of pharmacologic agents. Emphasis is placed on topics of pharmacologic mechanisms of action, effects on organ systems, routes of administration, therapeutic uses, considerations related to age and physiologic states, adverse reactions, contraindications, and drug interactions.

NURS 504 / 3 Credits

Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan

This course provides an introduction to the skills of advanced clinical history taking and physical assessment. Emphasis is placed on discernment between normal and abnormal findings, recognition of common health problems, and the process of critically analyzing problems. The clinical component of the course gives students the opportunity to apply concepts, theory and practice in obtaining comprehensive health histories and physical assessment data for patients of all ages across the lifespan and states of health.

NURS 505 / 3 Credits

Christian Philosophical & Ethical Foundations of Healthcare

This course focuses on a Christian perspective of ethical theories and principles for application to moral dilemmas within the social context of healthcare. Emphasis is placed on professional responsibility and accountability, patient’s rights, social justice, and principles of analysis used to resolve moral and spiritual dilemmas encountered in all areas of healthcare.

NURS 506 / 3 Credits

Foundational Concepts of the Family Nurse Practitioner Role I

This course introduces foundational concepts of the family nurse practitioner role. Key points include aspects of the advanced practice nurse/patient relationship, teacher/mentoring roles, introduction to healthcare delivery systems, technology in practice, quality, and safety indicators of clinical practice. A verification of advanced physical assessment, clinical skills, and simulated patient care is required in the simulation laboratory.

NURS 601 / 1 Credits

Foundational Concepts of the Family Nurse Practitioner Role II

This course is a continuation of foundational concepts of the family nurse practitioner role presented in NURS 601: Foundational Concepts of the Family Nurse Practitioner Role I. Key points include aspects of the advanced practice nurse/patient relationship, teacher/mentoring roles, introduction to healthcare delivery systems, technology in practice, quality, and safety indicators of clinical practice. A verification of advanced physical assessment, clinical skills, and simulated patient care is required in the simulation laboratory

NURS 602 / 1 Credits

Collaboration in Inter-Professional Teams

This course introduces the foundational concepts of working in inter-professional healthcare teams. Key areas of discussion include communication skills, inter-professional interactions, team dynamics, group management strategies, leadership and facilitation skills, problems posed by dysfunctional groups, and change theory.

NURS 620 / 3 Credits

Advanced Concepts in Health Promotion and Prevention

This course focuses on application of preventative health concepts and health promotion principles across the lifespan of specific populations. Key areas of discussion include physiological and psychological preventative health principles, counseling about personal health behaviors and lifestyle modifications, cultural and socioeconomic dimensions of health, and evidence-based practice implementation of health promotion and prevention as guided by Healthy People and U.S. Preventative Services Task Force guidelines.

NURS 621 / 3 Credits

Principles of Care in Advanced Family Nursing Practice

This course focuses on family health theory and its application to advanced practice nursing in primary care. Key areas include developmental stages of family development, assessment of the family and communities, impact of acute and/or chronic illness on the family, and cultural aspects of family health problems. Evidence-based family-centered inquiry will be the basis for determining best practice healthcare interventions within the context of current healthcare policy and financing.

NURS 622 / 1 Credits

Theoretical Foundations, DNP Role Development, & Project Planning

This course focuses on the examination of nursing theory and its application to nursing research and evidence-based practice. Theoretical and research concepts are used to identify best practices to address clinical practice problems through clinical scholarship for future translation in primary healthcare settings. This course includes beginning phases of DNP project development.

NURS 623 / 3 Credits

Epidemiological Principles in Family Nursing Practice

This course focuses on epidemiological principles, concepts, and methods in the investigation of health-related issues affecting family nursing practice.

NURS 624 / 2 Credits

Principles of Clinical Genetics

This course focuses on discussions of individuals, families, and populations at risk for genetic conditions with application of genetic science to advanced practice nursing assessments and interventions.

NURS 630 / 2 Credits

Health Policy and Legal Aspects of Healthcare

This course focuses on legislative, regulatory, and private health policy that provide the framework for how healthcare is delivered in the U.S. Key points of discussion include healthcare policy translation, insurance coverage, Medicare and Medicaid, and future health policy issues.

NURS 631 / 2 Credits

DNP Project Proposal

This course focuses on the role of advanced practice nurses in translating evidence-based practice into clinical practice settings. Key points include analysis of organizational culture and dynamics, and comprehensive development of a clinical scholarship DNP project for translation to a primary healthcare setting. An initial proposal for the DNP project will be developed and prepared for IRB approval.

NURS 632 / 3 Credits

Economics of Healthcare

This course introduces microeconomic principles, laws of economics, and economic theory to address market driven issues of healthcare. Key points of discussion include economic and regulatory responses to market changes, dynamic adjustment in healthcare markets, resource use, and strategies for economic decision making.

NURS 640 / 2 Credits

Advanced Family Nursing Practice of Adults I

This theory course focuses on diagnosis and management of acute needs of adults and families in primary healthcare settings. Key points include preparation of family nurse practitioners to address health promotion, disease prevention, early detection, and management of common healthcare problems. Emphasis is placed on pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, clinical findings, differential diagnosis, complication management, patient education, and preventative measures.

NURS 701 / 3 Credits

Advanced Family Nursing Practice of Adults I Practicum

This practicum course provides clinical practicum hours to apply concepts of the family nurse practitioner role in addressing adult health as a complement to content learned in NURS 701: Advanced Family Nursing Practice of Adults I.

NURS 702 / 2 Credits

Advanced Family Nursing Practice of Adults II

This theory course focuses on diagnosis and management of healthcare needs of adults and families in primary healthcare settings. Key points include preparation of family nurse practitioners to address health promotion, disease prevention, early detection, and management of common chronic/complex healthcare problems. Emphasis is placed on pathophysiology, etiology, incidence, clinical findings, differential diagnosis, complication management, patient education, and preventative measures.

NURS 703 / 3 Credits

Advanced Family Nursing Practice of Adults II Practicum

This practicum course provides clinical practicum hours to apply concepts of the family nurse practitioner role in addressing adult health as a complement to content learned in NURS 703: Advanced Family Nursing Practice of Adults II.

NURS 704 / 2 Credits

Advanced Physical Assessment of Children and Adolescents

This course provides a foundation for advanced clinical nursing practice of children and adolescents in primary care settings. Presentation of health history, developmentally appropriate screenings and evaluation, and physical examination of children and adolescents are learned for application to practice in a clinical setting.

NURS 705 / 2 Credits

Advanced Physical Assessment of Children and Adolescents Practicum

This practicum course provides clinical practicum hours to apply concepts of the family nurse practitioner role in assessing children and adolescents as a complement to content learned in NURS 705: Advanced Physical Assessment of Children and Adolescents.

NURS 706 / 1 Credits

Advanced Family Nursing Practice of Children and Adolescents

This theory course provides an introduction to primary healthcare for children and adolescents. Key points include developmental theories and concepts, physical and developmental assessment, identification and management of health conditions, the impact of health conditions on families, and rationale for physiologic and psychological treatment measures in children and adolescents.

NURS 707 / 3 Credits

Advanced Family Nursing Practice of Children and Adolescents Practicum

This practicum course provides clinical practicum hours to apply concepts of the family nurse practitioner role in assessing pediatric health as a complement to content learned in NURS 707: Advanced Family Nursing Practice of Children and Adolescents.

NURS 708 / 2 Credits

Advanced Family Nursing Practice for Women’s Health

This course focuses on the family nurse practitioner role in addressing women’s health throughout the lifespan in regards to health promotion, disease prevention, early detection of health problems, and treatment and management of acute and chronic health conditions. Key points include the role of gender in healthcare policy, pharmacologic therapies for women’s health conditions, Healthy People recommendations for eliminating women’s healthcare disparities, and the use of evidence-based practice to inform the treatment and management of women’s healthcare issues.

NURS 709 / 3 Credits

Advanced Family Nursing Practice for Women’s Health Practicum

This practicum course provides clinical practicum hours to apply concepts of the family nurse practitioner role in addressing women’s health throughout the lifespan as complement to content learned in NURS 709: Advanced Family Nursing Practice for Women’s Health.

NURS 710 / 2 Credits

Advanced Family Nursing Application of Clinical Diagnostics

This theory course focuses on methods for accurate diagnosis of common health problems. Key points include diagnostic frameworks for clinical decision making, diagnostic testing and imaging, appropriate test selection, and interpretation of findings.

NURS 721 / 3 Credits

Advanced Family Nursing Application of Clinical Diagnostics Practicum

This practicum course provides clinical practicum hours to apply concepts of the family nurse practitioner role in applying methods of clinical diagnosis as a complement to content learned in NURS 721: Advanced Family Nursing Application of Clinical Diagnostics.

NURS 722 / 3 Credits

Advanced Family Nursing Practice of Older Adults

This theory course focuses on the family nurse practitioner role in providing primary care to older adults. Key points include health promotion, disease prevention, early detection, and management of common acute and chronic healthcare problems of older adults in primary healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on maintenance of function and promotion of self-care in older adults. Effective use of community and family resources and discussion of ethical dilemmas are integrated throughout the course.

NURS 723 / 3 Credits

Advanced Family Nursing Practice of Older Adults Practicum

This practicum course includes clinical practicum hours to apply concepts of family nursing practice to the care of older adults as a complement to the content learned in NURS 723: Advanced Family Nursing Practice of Older Adults.

NURS 724 / 3 Credits

DNP Project Implementation

This course focuses on the implementation and translation of clinical scholarship and practice management issues that advanced practice nurses encounter in the role transition from direct care providers to doctorally prepared advanced practice nurse leaders. Key points include benchmarking of outcome measures in clinical practice, advanced certification options, leadership in healthcare policy, negotiation of contracts, opportunities for health promotion and advocacy, and clinical scholarship responsibilities of the DNP role.

NURS 731 / 3 Credits

DNP Project Analysis and Evaluation

This course is a culmination of the doctor of nursing practice, family nurse practitioner leadership role. Key points include discussion of challenges and opportunities in implementing change in the doctor of nursing practice, family nurse practitioner role, and analysis and evaluation of the DNP project.

NURS 732 / 4 Credits

DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner tuition cost

Earning your accredited DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner online at Messiah University is convenient, flexible and affordable.

No-fee tuition

Know what you are paying for with Messiah’s no-fee tuition. With our graduate programs, the cost per credit is what you pay – there are no hidden fees for labs, courses, services or technology. We put the true cost of your program upfront so that you can accurately compare and plan for your graduate education. Please note: There are additional costs to the program not billed through Messiah University (background checks, clearances, course materials, clinical expenses, etc.)

2021-2022 tuition per doctorate credit hour: $890

Tuition cost for the entire 86 credit-hour program at the 2021-2022 rate: $76,540.

Doctorate students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.


Next steps for admissions

Applying for admission to a doctorate program at Messiah University is the first step to making your personal and professional goals a reality.

Admissions requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA accredited program (or equivalent) and an institution that is regionally accredited by one of the following: Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Western and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Completed application
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate nursing courses and prerequisite courses leading to registered nurse (RN) licensure and a baccalaureate degree in nursing.
  • All official transcripts indicating degree(s) earned
  • Personal Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals in the healthcare field
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Minimum of 500 hours as a registered nurse in direct patient care within one year prior to admission.
  • Grade of B or better in the following undergraduate course: statistics, research and health assessment, (as a separate course or integrated concept).
  • Phone, face-to-face, or video conference interview
  • Unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse (United States and territories)
  • Proficiency with basic computer operations (download, upload, email, website navigation), Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and PDF files.
Next course start dates

Summer 2021
Early summer: May 16
Late summer: June 20

Fall 2021
Early fall: August 22
Late fall: October 24

How to apply

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Why choose Messiah University?

The benefits of earning your DNP- Family Nurse Practitioner degree online at Messiah University are endless.

Flexible. Respected. Faith-based.

  • One of the state’s few DNP-FNP programs taught from a Christian perspective

  • A post-BSN to DNP-FNP program with the majority of coursework online

  • The academic distinction of a nationally ranked, accredited Christian university

  • The proven success and reputation of our nursing program—Messiah’s nursing graduates are well respected and in demand

  • Nursing faculty are experienced Christian educators, nursing professionals and accomplished scholars who mentor you in your education, faith and career

  • An 86-credit post BSN to DNP-FNP program that can be completed in as little as three years

  • Deferred payment options are available

  • Flexible start dates

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