Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (PM-DNP)
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 DNP 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)
PM-DNP Program Design:
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 or part-time options (12-18 months)
- Focus on health care issue of your choice for the DNP project
- One 4-day on-campus experiences (orientation before beginning the program)
- Small cohort of 20-25 students
The PM-DNP program is 28 semester credits. These include 8 credits (360 contact hours) of clinical practicum. The curriculum is delivered using distance education strategies. Students will present the oral presentation of their quality improvement projects to their practice stakeholders, student colleagues and faculty.
The PM-DNP is designed for students who began and completed the MSN or PGC program at FNU prior to January 1, 2014, students who completed the PGC program of study at FNU starting January 1, 2017 or after, or who completed a MSN somewhere other than FNU./p>
The PM-DNP curriculum has been carefully constructed to incorporate the eight essential competencies delineated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The competencies address the following:
- Scientific underpinning for practice.
- Organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking.
- Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice.
- Information systems/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care.
- Health care policy for advocacy in health care.
- Inter-professional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes.
- Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health.
- Advanced nursing practice.
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.”