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Post-Bachelor's Doctor of Nursing Practice

Family Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Major

The DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills required to educate advanced practice nurses to provide primary health care to clients and families across the lifespan. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations and to apply for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license.

FNPs provide comprehensive health promotion services to ambulatory clients; evaluate presenting problems at the client's initial contact with the primary care system; and continuing care to clients with acute and stable chronic illnesses. In addition to clinical practice, other themes emphasized throughout the graduate coursework include: an epidemiological approach to clinical problems; family and community systems; appropriate use of technology; cost effectiveness; collaboration; consultation and the referral process; theoretical frameworks; and the research base for primary care practice.

Clinical practice sites are generally located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, but may extend across the state of Kansas and other communities where students are located. A variety of settings are utilized: family practices; student health services; occupational health clinics; home health services; rural clinics; and child, adolescent, adult and geriatric sites. Please review the preceptor process for more information.

The FNP curriculum requires 75 credit hours of coursework. The majority of required courses are available online, although the entire program is not fully available in a distance education format. Attendance on campus at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City is required for the following courses: NRSG 810, NRSG 815, NRSG 817.

Summary of Course Requirements

Common Core


Credit Hrs.

NRSG 748

Theories for Practice and Research: Individual, Family, Community


NRSG 754

Health Care Research


NRSG 755

Health Care Professionalism: Issues and Roles


Advanced Practice Core

NRSG 806

Advanced Physiology


NRSG 731

Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics


NRSG 809

Health Promotion


NRSG 810

Advanced Health Assessment


NRSG 812

Advanced Pathophysiology


NRSG 813

Applied Drug Therapy


Primary Care Specialty Core

NRSG 814/815

Primary Care 1: Management of Common Health Problems Throughout the Life Span

3 & 2

NRSG 816/817

Primary Care II: Management of Complex Health Problems Throughout the Life Span

3 & 4

NRSG 818

Primary Care III: Preceptorship


DNP  Core


NRSG 808

Social Context for Health care Policy


NRSG 804

Interpreting Research for Applied Science


NRSG 941

Preparing the Doctoral Leader


PRVM 800

Principles of Epidemiology




NRSG 980

Capstone Project for DNP


DNP Specialty Area: Family Nurse Practitioner


Student selects 15 credits of DNP specialty courses, in nursing or other related disciplines

15 total

Total Credits Required for DNP degree


Sample Plans of Study: Full timePDF document (image) ------ Or ------ Part timePDF document (image)

Questions? Contact Us!

The University of Kansas School of Nursing
Office of Student Affairs
Mail Stop 2029
3901 Rainbow Blvd. 
Kansas City, KS 66160

toll-free: 1-888-588-1619
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