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 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 PM-DNP program demonstrate the following competencies:
- Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical scholarship.
- Critically analyze complex primary care 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 individuals as well as diverse populations with a focus on rural and underserved communities.
- Design, deliver, direct, and disseminate evidence-based practices.
- Analyze the social, economic, political and policy components of health care systems which affect primary health care planning and delivery.
- Assume leadership roles in the development of primary health clinical practice models, health policy, and standards of care.
- Employ professional values and ethical decision making in advanced practice nursing and midwifery.
- Contribute to the body of nursing and midwifery knowledge.
- Use information systems to design select, use, and evaluate health care programs, outcomes and systems.
- Demonstrate competence as a clinical educator.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the highest degree for clinical nursing practice. The FNU PM-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 candidate seeking to enter the PM-DNP program must hold licensure as a registered nurse and national certification in one of the specialties identified. The candidate must have completed a master's of science degree in nursing (MSN), a master's in nursing (MN), or a M.S. in nursing OR have a master’s degree in a related field (such as MPH or masters in midwifery or other area). Each application is considered on an individual basis.
Erin Wright, CNM, DNP
“I practice full scope midwifery in a faculty practice. I am excited to be working on my DNP. It is preparing me for broader involvement in midwifery education, as well as provide me with the tools to address midwives' practice concerns through the incorporation of best evidence.”
Deborah Skoruppa, FNP, DNP
“As a rural health family nurse practitioner, I saw so much need in my community. I felt limited in my capacity to help. The DNP program at FNU has equipped me with skills to improve outcomes in my community and impact health care policy.”