Welcome and congratulations for choosing to explore doctoral education at Frontier Nursing University! Frontier has a rich history of encouraging nurses to initiate change and improve health care. Doctor of Nursing Practice education at FNU provides opportunities for advanced practice nurses to analyze and explore critical concepts of evidence-based practice, theoretical principles of organizations and leadership, as well as encouragement of ethical considerations and health policy Students will assess health care needs within their own health care system and translate evidence into practice using quality improvement initiatives.
Deborah Karsnitz, DNP, CNM, FACNM
Interim DNP Program Director
Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (PM-DNP)
The Post-Master's DNP: A Journey of Discovery
Eligibility for FNU’s Post-Master’s DNP program:
“I chose Frontier's Post-Master's DNP program because of its excellent reputation. I provide care to the underserved population in West Georgia. My capstone project addresses smoking cessation among pregnant women in this population.”
Linda McDaniel, CNM
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the highest degree for clinical nursing practice. The FNU's Post-Master's DNP degree program is designed for certified nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who aim to improve skills in leadership, clinical scholarship, evidence-based practice and clinical evaluation.
The PM-DNP program at Frontier Nursing University (FNU) advances the leadership skills of practitioners in primary care practice. Candidates for the PM-DNP program at FNU hold national certification in one of the following specialty areas:
- adult nurse practitioner (ANP)
- certified nurse-midwife (CNM)
- family nurse practitioner (FNP)
- geriatric-adult nurse practitioner (GANP)
- geriatric nurse practitioner (GNP)
- pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP)
- psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP)
- women’s health care nurse practitioner (WHCNP)
Current MSN students at FNU may apply for streamlined admission to the PM-DNP program and may take the nurse-midwife or nurse practitioner certification examination in the first term of the PM-DNP program.
Goals of the PM-DNP program:
The goal of the PM-DNP program is to improve health care outcomes and the delivery of primary health through enhanced nursing leadership. Our focus is on rural and underserved populations. The PM-DNP offers:
- Distance education setting allowing you to remain in your own community
- Full-time 15-month program
- Focus on health care issue of your choice for the capstone project
- One 3-day on-campus experiences (orientation before beginning the program)
- Small cohort of 20-25 students
Graduates of the program will:
- Develop an advanced level of competence for practice that provides consumers with excellent primary care in an area of specialty.
- Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical scholarship.
- Critically analyze complex clinical situations and health care systems to promote optimal outcomes.
- Evaluate and apply conceptual models, theories, and research in order to improve the health status of diverse individuals and populations, with a focus on rural and underserved communities.
- Design, deliver, direct, evaluate and disseminate evidence-based practices to include research, statistics and epidemiological principles.
- Analyze the social, cultural, political and economic environment within the healthcare system.
- Apply ethical principles to guide and evaluate decisions.
- Demonstrate competence as a clinical educator.
- Demonstrate leadership to initiate and guide change in clinical practice.
- Advocate for empowerment of clients, families and communities.(Health Policy)
- Demonstrate information literacy skills in complex decision making.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate use of technology to implement and evaluate health care.
Cydne Marckmann, MN, ARNP
PM-DNP Class 20
“I want to complete my DNP because I want nursing to be involved in the evolution of healthcare. If nursing is going to be actively involved, nurses need to have the same credentials and expertise as our other health care colleagues. The DNP has expanded my expertise in research, the business of healthcare, and the need for quality population outcomes. I’m gaining the skills to be a better nurse practitioner and to lead other nurse practitioners in our changing healthcare environment.”