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.
Joani Slager, DNP, CNM, FACNM
DNP Program Director
FNU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
The FNU DNP program is a post-graduate program designed for family nurse practitioners, women’s health care nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, pediatric nurse practitioners, adult nurse practitioners, geriatric nurse practitioners and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners to improve skills in the areas of leadership, clinical scholarship, evidence-based practice and clinical evaluation. All the students entering PM-DNP program must be registered nurses who have completed a master’s degree in nursing or a related field and are nationally certified as a nurse-midwife or nurse practitioner. The DNP program builds upon and expands these nurse-midwife or nurse practitioner competencies.
The 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
FNU offers different curricular paths to earning the DNP:
If you are an RN with an associate degree in nursing who has been in practice for at least one year, you can seamlessly pursue your DNP studies at Frontier after completing an MSN through our Bridge entry option. As a Bridge student, you will complete a series of Bridge courses over a 12-month period to prepare you for the Master of Science in Nursing curriculum in your designated specialty track. Upon completing the MSN curriculum, you will be conferred with your master’s degree and then have the option to seamlessly complete the Companion DNP curriculum (19 additional credit hours) to earn your doctorate. Learn more about our ADN Bridge Entry Option.
If you are an RN with at least one year of experience and have your BSN, you can apply to our MSN + Companion DNP program, which will allow you to seamlessly pursue your graduate studies at both the master’s and doctoral level. You will complete coursework and a clinical practicum to earn your MSN degree. Once your master’s degree is conferred, you will have the option to seamlessly complete the Companion DNP curriculum (19 additional credit hours) to earn your doctorate.
If you hold your MSN and are a certified nurse-midwife or nurse practitioner, FNU’s Post-Master’s DNP (PM-DNP) program is designed for you. Our post-master’s program was created for nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who have a desire to continue their education to the doctoral level. Our program was the first DNP program to be accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Learn more about our Post-Master’s DNP program.
If you are an RN with at least one year of experience and have your bachelor’s in another field, you can apply to our MSN + Companion DNP program via portfolio entry. Even if an ADN is your highest nursing degree, as long as you have a bachelor’s in another field, you do not need to apply through the ADN Bridge entry option. You can enter our MSN + Companion DNP program via portfolio entry. This will allow you to seamlessly pursue your graduate studies at both the master’s and doctoral level. You will complete coursework and a clinical practicum to earn your MSN degree. Once your master’s degree is conferred, you will have the option to seamlessly complete the Companion DNP curriculum (19 additional credit hours) to earn your doctorate.