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Frontier Nursing University

Program Proposal(pdf)

Multiple  OOS Initial Application   3/19/2014  Authorized  2/11/2014 

OOS Initial Application  Program Description

The Doctor of Nursing Practice was developed to meet the demand for advanced practice nursing leaders in the complex health care system in the US. The mission of Frontier Nursing University supports the DNP program essential content.

The Post-Master Doctor of Nursing Practice 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), or womenís 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.

The Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in nurse-midwifery, family nurse practitioner, and womenís health care nurse practitioner is currently offered through Class 118 attending Frontier Bound in September 2013. Beginning with Class 119 (attending Frontier Bound in November 2013) all students will be enrolled in the MSN+DNP program. This program will allow students to complete a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a focus as a nurse-midwife or nurse practitioner and have the opportunity to seamlessly progress to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Students may opt to complete the MSN only or both the MSN+DNP. The MSN+DNP program allows students with a baccalaureate or associate degree in nursing to enter directly into a program designed to allow students to complete a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and opt to continue seamlessly into a companion Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The new MSN+DNP program begins with the MSN which prepares nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners with a strong foundation in evidence-based practice. The MSN program offers three tracks: nurse-midwife, family nurse practitioner and womenís health care nurse practitioner. Students who complete the MSN+DNP become nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners as well as leaders in the health care system and change agents who influence the system to provide high-quality health care with a focus on families in rural and underserved areas.

The Post-Masterís Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery Education, Post-Masterís Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner Education, and Post-Masterís Certificate in Womenís Health Care Nurse Practitioner Education were designed for applicants who have a Master of Science in Nursing but are not nationally certified as a family nurse practitioner, womenís health care nurse practitioner, or certified nurse-midwife. These students will have an individualized program plan. The plan will include completion of all course work for a post-master's certificate (PMC) that will allow the student to sit for the certification examination as a certified nurse-midwife (CNM), family nurse practitioner (FNP), or a womenís health care nurse practitioner (WHCNP). Students have the option to stop with the Post Master's Certificate or continue seamlessly to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum graduating with both a PMC and a DNP degree.

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