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Nurse practitioner student in pediatric clinic; psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner working with patient; FNP student checking patient's ears in family clinic under preceptor oversight

DNP Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Distance-accessible* doctoral program...

for the registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN)

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Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is the new standard for advanced practice nursing education. The FWWSON has two clinical concentrations: 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 concentration prepares students for careers in rural primary care.

  • PMHNP concentration prepares student for careers in rural psychiatric mental health care.

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*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: 03/12/2019

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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