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DNP student Teresa Thompson (center) is checks patient Laura Meyer's ear during her DNP clinical in Family Care Clinic, Laramie, under APRN Jill Leinen's guidance (left). The patient (right) is

Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

College of Health Sciences

Doctor of Nursing Practice - DNP

distance-accessible* doctoral program for the registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN)

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is the new standard for advanced practice nursing education. The FWWSON has two clinical options: family nurse practitioner (FNP) and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). For master's-prepared FNPs or PMHNPs, the school offers an option for obtaining the DNP degree; however, this option requires that these individuals take the entire post-BSN plan of study, including coursework to prepare them in another population area: FNP or PMHNP. Please review the program's unique mission and philosophy.

  • FNP option prepares students for careers in rural primary care. All FNP courses are offered through the FWWSON.

  • PMHNP option prepares student for careers in rural psychiatric mental health care. This option is offered by the FWWSON in collaboration with the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado (CU). Students take core courses and clinical practica courses through the FWWSON. In addition, students take four didactic psychiatric mental health courses through CU during the second year in the program. These courses are offered primarily online, and travel to CU is minimal.

application deadline: February 1

Still have questions after reviewing above information? 

*Our innovative DNP program has unique requirements regarding time commitment, on-campus intensives, and clinical placements. Before applying to our program, please read through our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs in the bulleted listing above) to make sure that our program meets your needs.

Updated: 10/26/2016

One student's experience in DNP education

One student's experience in DNP education
Thinking of pursuing further nursing education? Listen to this pod cast for information about graduate education through one student's experience in the DNP program. (Rebecca Carron, UW alumnae and Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, interviews Chelsea Carter, UW DNP student.)

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