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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing|College of Health Sciences

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Page

Last updated 8/27/2014

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  1. What nurse practitioner (NP) options does your DNP program offer?

  2. Who should apply to your DNP program?

  3. Do you have an option for Adult or Family PMHNPs who wish to obtain FNP preparation?

  4. How long is the program? Is there a part-time option?

  5. Is the program online? Will I need to come to campus? 

  6. Are students required to live or do clinical practica experiences in Wyoming?  Can I do clinical practica experiences in my home community?

  7. What kinds of clinical experiences do students get?

  8. Can students who are in the DNP program work?

  9. Are there additional DNP application requirements for international students who speak English as a second language? 

  10. Is a thesis or dissertation required in your DNP program?

  11. Will DNP students need to take preliminary or comprehensive exams?

  12. Is your DNP program nationally accredited?

  13. What scholarship and funding opportunities are available for students in the DNP Program?

  14. Will the program prepare me for national NP certification?


  1. What NP options does your DNP program offer?

    • The University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing DNP program currently has two clinical tracks:

      • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), preparing students top practice primary care across the lifespan in outpatient settings

      • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP), preparing students to practice psychiatric mental health care across the lifespan in a variety of settings

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  2. Who should apply to your DNP program?

    • The program is open to registered nurses with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program nationally accredited by CCNE or NLNAC. At this point, the program is not considering RNs who have baccalaureate degrees in non-nursing fields, unless they also have a baccalaureate or master's degree in nursing.

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  3. Do you have options for or Adult or Family PMHNPs who wish to obtain FNP preparation?

    • Yes, Adult or Family PMHNPs who wish to obtain preparation for the FNP role are welcome to apply. These students need to take the regular FNP curriculum. Credit may be given for courses students have taken previously. Previously completed courses are considered for credit after admission to the DNP program.

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  4. How long is the program? Is there a part-time option?

    • The DNP program is three years of full-time (≥ nine credit hours a semester), year-round study: three fall semesters, three spring semesters, and three summer semesters. The program starts during the fall semester.

    • The school offers a part-time option for students who are already certified as FNPs or PMHNPs and who only wish to obtain a DNP degree.  At this point, PMHNPs who are seeking FNP certification need to take the full-time plan of study. 

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  5. Is the program online?  Will I need to come to campus?

    • The program is not entirely online, but is designed to be distance-accessible for students. Students need to come to campus for intensive several-day sessions one to two times a semester. In addition, the online component is designed to be delivered in synchronous (face-to-face) fashion. Students will need to be available for an online seminar (webinar) on Wednesday mornings from 9-11:30 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters throughout the program.

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  6. Are students required to live or do clinical practica experiences in Wyoming?  Can I do clinical practica experiences in my home community?

    • Students are not required to live in Wyoming but must be able to attend the intensive sessions on the Laramie campus.

    • With the exception of the Innovative Practice Models course, all DNP clinical practica must occur in Wyoming,  north central Colorado (i.e., Ft. Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Walden), or southern Montana.

    • Although we aim to assist students to do clinical practica in their home communities, we cannot guarantee this. Thus all students should be prepared to travel for clinical practica.

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  7. What kinds of clinical experiences do students get?

    • All DNP students (including post-master's students who are only seeking the DNP degree) do a practicum with the Innovative Practice Models course.

    • Students who are seeking preparation for the FNP role receive a variety of outpatient clinical experiences in the area of family practice, adult health, women’s health and pediatrics.

    • Post-master's students who are only seeking the DNP degree will also need to do additional clinical hours. The amount and type of clinical hours for post-master's students will be dependent on the clinical experiences each student received during their initial NP education and will be determined after admission to the DNP program.

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  8. Can students who are in the DNP program work?

    • The University of Wyoming School of Nursing offers a rigorous DNP program that requires a major time commitment. Students who are in the DNP program to become certified as FNPs are going through the program on a full-time basis. This is equivalent to a full-time (40-50 hour) work week, thus we strongly discourage other full-time work while in the DNP program.

    • Students who are already practicing as FNPs or PMHNPs and who are solely seeking the DNP degree may continue to work full-time; however, a flexible work schedule is recommended.

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  9. Are there additional DNP application requirements for international students who speak English as a second language?

    • Yes, international students need to demonstrate proficiency in English. International students also need to be eligible for nursing licensure in Wyoming.

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  10. Is a thesis or dissertation required in your DNP program?

    • No. However, all DNP students need to complete a practice-oriented DNP project that is incorporated into the curriculum.

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  11. Will DNP students need to take preliminary or comprehensive exams?

    • Yes. In addition to successfully completing the courses identified in the plan of study, all DNP students also need to pass a preliminary exam (with written and oral components). This exam is taken after the first year of study and is based on the first year coursework. Students must pass the preliminary exam prior to continuing in the program. Students who do not pass the preliminary exam on the first try may retake it one additional time.

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  12. Is your DNP program nationally accredited?

    • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) was notified that the school began admitting students to the DNP program in fall 2012. CCNE conducted a site visit to review the DNP program in late March 2014. The report from this visit was positive, and the school should receive formal notification regarding DNP program accreditation by early 2015. The school fully expects the DNP program to be accredited by the time the first DNP students graduate in August 2015.

    • National accreditation of the school's nursing programs is very important. Our BSN and MS programs have been nationally accredited by CCNE through 2020. The school looks forward to having the DNP program nationally accredited as well. For more information about CCNE, please visit the CCNE website at  http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

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  13. What scholarship and funding opportunities are available for students in the DNP program?

    • For information regarding scholarship and funding opportunities, check out the following:

      • School of Nursing Scholarship and Financial Aid page at www.uwyo.edu/NURSING/scholarships

      • Graduate Assistantships (GAs). GAs are part-time (18-20 hours/week) teaching or research positions that pay students a monthly stipend AND tuition. The number of GAs the school offers varies from year to year. For more information regarding GAs, see the UW Grad web site.

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  14. Will the program prepare me for national NP certification?

    • Yes, students who complete the FNP program will be eligible to sit for either of the two national certification exams offered through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

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Important Note

The Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) program has been temporarily suspended. We are hoping to accept FPMHNP applicants for Fall of 2014. If you are interested in this option please contact Ann Marie Hart (DNP Program Coordinator) at:

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