Nursing: Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner, Online (D.N.P.)

Nursing: Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner, Online (D.N.P.)

Starting in Spring 2022, the online Post Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (PB DNP) program will offer the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (PC-FNP) option. The PB DNP program is focused on leadership and innovation. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam.

The PB DNP admits cohorts twice a year with start dates in January and August. Applicants will be scheduled for a virtual interview when their application is complete. Asynchronous courses are delivered 100% online in 8-week blocks so students may plan their own study times.

The PB DNP program has 14 foundation core courses. After completing the foundational core, students will enter the PC-FNP option. The PB DNP program can be completed in 4.5 years or in 3.5 years with an accelerated plan of study.

Students in both options will work with dedicated nursing faculty to design, implement and evaluate their capstone quality improvement project. Students will present their DNP project at our DNP Scholarly Symposium at the end of the program.

Curriculum & Requirements

Post Baccalaureate DNP: Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (PC-FNP) program (79 credits; 1000 practicum hours)

NURS 900Foundations of Scholarly Writing & Professional Communication3
NURS 907Advanced Pharmacology & Therapeutics3
NURS 908Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan3
NURS 909Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan3
NURS 910Genomics & Ethics3
NURS 911Diagnosis & Management - Intro to Diagnostic Reasoning3
NURS 925Leadership, Role & Collaboration3
NURS 933Applied Analytics for QI in Health Care3
NURS 935FNP Health Management I - Didactic3
NURS 936FNP Health Management I - Clinical3
NURS 937Primary Care of Families II3
NURS 938Primary Care of Families II Practicum3
NURS 939Seminar and Practicum in the Primary Care of Families III6
NURS 940FNP Health Management III - Clinical4
NURS 944Health Promotion Theory & Population Health3
NURS 947DNP Systems Thinking Seminar I3
NURS 948DNP Systems Thinking Seminar II3
NURS 949DNP Systems Thinking Seminar III3
NURS 950Practice and Systems Final Practicum5
NURS 963Biostats and Epidemiology3
NURS 964Information Systems and Technology Improvement3
NURS 967Evidence Based Practice Methods3
NURS 968Foundations of Evidence Based Practice3
NURS 969Health Systems Policy, Economics & Financial Planning3
NURS 973Quality & Safety3
Total Credits81
  • Employ strategic leadership skills to shape practice environments to produce positive, patient centered, healthcare outcomes at individual and system levels.
  • Serve in a healthcare leadership and change agent role as part of a diverse, complex, and patient-centered health care system.
  • Act as a practice scholar to design, direct and evaluate system changes to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care.
  • Use data analytic methods, information systems and technology to evaluate, integrate and apply knowledge that will improve programs of care, outcomes of care and care systems.
  • Use translational science and analytic methods to develop, identify, implement, and evaluate best practices to improve health care and health care systems.
  • Design and implement health promotion and clinical prevention strategies across the health/illness continuum to optimize health and disease management.
  • Systematically use improvement methods to monitor and evaluate care processes and outcomes and applies data for continuous improvement and safety
  • Advocate for social justice through policy, professional and political engagement.
  • Applies leadership principles that support inter-professional practice.
  • Facilitate interprofessional collaboration to implement practice models, peer review, practice guidelines, health policy, and standards of care.

In addition, the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner graduate will:

  • Utilize advanced assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and evidence-based practice when partnering with individuals, families, and communities to optimize health.
  • Judiciously prescribe treatment modalities to manage acute and chronic conditions within state and federal scope of practice regulations.
  • Function as an independent practitioner to manage comprehensive primary care across the lifespan.

Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Online

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence Form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

The professional statement must include a written essay responding to each of the following.

  1. Describe a clinical experience that demonstrates your critical thinking and readiness to enter doctoral study.
  2. Explain how you use a nursing theoretical/conceptual lens to improve care.
  3. Tell us about a U.S. policy or health issue you are passionate about and why.

Resume

A current resume is required with your submitted application.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

Some academic departments recommend that international applicants, living outside of the United States, and planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. If your desired program is not on the form, departments prefer a full application be submitted. Preapplication requests will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.