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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

College of Health Sciences

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dr. Ann Marie Hart works with nurse practitioner students

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program approved by UW Trustees 11/18/2010

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On November 18, 2010, the University of Wyoming's Board of Trustees voted to approve the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)degree. The DNP is the new standard in advanced practice nursing education, which includes education for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. UW's DNP program will continue to offer family nurse practitioner (FNP) and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) tracks and will have options for both post-BSN and post-MS students. However, the timeline for implementation of both entry options has not been finalized. Although the School will no longer be offering an MS degree for the FNP and PMHNP tracks, it will continue to offer an MS degree for the Nurse Educator option.

The School is actively planning its DNP curriculum and admission criteria and will post this information as it becomes available. For more information about the DNP, visit the American Association of Colleges in Nursing's DNP page at:  For more information about UW's DNP program, please check our website from time to time and/or contact Dr. Ann Marie Hart, the NP program coordinator at



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