Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner)

BSN to DNP/FNP program

Education Model

Blended (Online and on-site) see curriculum for on-site dates

Program Dates

Priority application deadline: June 5, 2015
Final application deadline: July 20, 2015
Semester begins: August 31, 2015

Please note: Non-Utah Residents Currently, we are not accepting DNP students from Arkansas. The restrictions are related to offering courses to Arkansas residents regardless of the institution’s physical presence.

Graduate Program Director:

Marie-Eileen Onieal PhD, MMHS, RN, CPNP, FAANP

FNP Coordinator: 

Stacey Pfenning, DNP, APRN, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN-DNP)

The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2006), the Domains and Core Competencies (National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), 2012), and the Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs, 4th edition (National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education, 2012) were used to frame the requirements of the FNP track. The course sequencing and prerequisites were designed to promote development of competencies. The program is designed to prepare nurses to deliver primary healthcare to families in a variety of settings. Students follow patients through the life cycle utilizing obstetric, pediatric, gynecologic, as well as adult and geriatric primary care diagnostic and management skills. The clinical experiences are supported by preceding or concurrent didactic content. Successful graduates of this program would be eligible to obtain licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), nurse practitioner, with a population focus of family. The 86-credit curriculum of the post-baccalaureate FNP program will use the limited-residency model of the University’s current DNP program and other post-professional programs. Nationally recognized standards and competencies were used to develop the curriculum which will integrate online learning with carefully selected experiences in areas close to where students reside. A required scholarly project, with a focus on applying best current evidence to transform systems, culminates the student’s application of doctoral level thinking. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has created the new Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) to provide high value programs, services, and resources to nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs. Click here for more information. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has accepted the application for the initial accreditation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. New applicant status signifies an affiliation with CCNE; it is not a status of accreditation.

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