New DNP Program Coming in 2014
In 2014, Frontier Nursing University will offer a new curriculum for nurses who wish to become nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners that will culminate in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. This curriculum is designed to prepare nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to be excellent clinicians by translating the evidence into best practices so that mothers, babies, and families receive the highest quality care.
The new DNP program is a clinical doctorate that begins with preparation as a nurse-midwife, family nurse practitioner, or women’s health care nurse practitioner with a strong foundation in evidence based practice. The student becomes a leader in the health care system and influences the system to provide high quality patient care.
The new DNP program was designed to confer a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree part way through the program if the student prefers. The advantage to our DNP program is that students can elect to seamlessly complete the rest of the course work for the DNP and achieve a master’s degree in the process. Conferring the MSN allows the students to sit for the national certification exam and begin their work as clinicians in their communities. This meets our mission of providing care in rural and underserved areas. When students elect to receive the MSN they either continue in the DNP program or step out with the MSN to practice before returning to complete the remaining course work for the DNP. This is the ideal curriculum for nurses who want either a DNP or a MSN degree and furthers the FNU tradition of leadership in the education of nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners.
For more information on this program, please contact our admissions counselor at AdmissionsCounselor@frontier.edu.