BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Program

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BSN to DNP Program 

A new program to prepare DNPs who can become certified Family Nurse Practitioners in their home communities and surrounding areas without first earning a Master's Degree.

ADMITTING THE FIRST CLASS IN AUGUST 2017

[Applications will be available online in February 2017]

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a practice-focused doctorate, rather than the traditional research-focused doctorate.

Why the DNP??

The DNP:

  • Provides the graduates with enhanced scientific knowledge required for safe nursing practice in an increasingly complex health care system.
  • Provides an advanced educational credential for those who require advanced practice knowledge but who do not need or want a research focus. 
  • Prepares the graduates to be on par with other health professions that the clinical doctorate serves as the minimum degree required (medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy)
  • The Institutes of Medicine proclaimed a huge need for more doctorally prepared nurses who can practice to their full scope of authority with a need to double the population by 2020.
  • Provides the graduates with enhanced leadership skills to strengthen practice and health care delivery.

Admission Requirements for the BSN to DNP Program

  1. Baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from an ACEN (NLNAC), CCNE, or CNEA accredited program. 
  2. An overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours for the courses required for the undergraduate nursing degree (BSN).
  3. Current unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of Oklahoma or be in the process of obtaining such licensure from the state of Oklahoma.  Out-of-state students must provide proof of unrestricted licensure to practice in their resident state as a registered nurse.
  4. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate course in descriptive and inferential statistics with a grade of "C" or better.
  5. Application may be made for conditional admission by students having an overall undergraduate GPA of at least a 2.50 with five years having passed since the date of completion of the BSN degree.
  6. Students with a native language other than English must submit evidence of English language proficiency. Evidence may include (1) completing a four-year bachelor's degree in Nursing from a U.S. institution; (2) students must meet the English language requirements of an official TOEFL score (520 for paper-based test, 190 for computer-based test or 68 for an internet-based test), or IELTS score (6.5 or higher) is required for all students for whom English is a second language.  The TOEFL must have been taken within the last two (2) years.  NOTE: Scores may be higher. 
  7. Submission of a completed Program Application with personal statement and current resume.
  8. Submission of three (3) letters of recommendation attesting to academic ability, professional competency and personal character. 
  9. Phone or in-person interview as requested by program faculty.
  10. Application and acceptance to Northwestern Oklahoma State University. 

Advanced Placement Option (MSN to DNP Option)

Registered Nurses who have completed an accredited graduate level (Masters of Science in Nursing) advanced practice registered nursing education program as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and are currently certified in an advanced practice specialty consistent with educational preparation are eligible to apply to complete the DNP at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Advanced practice licensure as a Family Nurse Practitioner as prescribed by the applicant's state of residency is required. 

Other MSN-prepared nurses will be considered for admission after review of graduate transcripts and meeting with program faculty.

BSN to DNP Curriculum

The BSN to DNP curriculum consists of 73 credits and 1020 practicum hours. Students may enter on a full time (3 year plan) or part time (4 year plan) basis. Additional plans may be considered on an individual basis.

Three Year Plan of Study (Full Time)

Year 1

Fall Semester
NURS 6010 Program Orientation
NURS 6113 Advanced Pathophysiology
NURS 6123 Biostatistics for
 Advanced Practice Nursing
NURS 6263 Health Policy,
 Ethics, Economics, and
Advanced Nursing Practice
TOTAL CREDITS: 9 Credits




Spring Semester
NURS 6213 Theory for Evidence-Based Advanced Nursing Practice
NURS 6153 Advanced Research Methods
NURS 6423 Interprofessional Leadership, Collaboration and Communications
TOTAL CREDITS: 9 Credits



Summer Semester
NURS 6133 Advanced Holistic Assessment
NURS 6432 Role Development for DNPs
NURS 6233 Evidence-Based Practice and Scholarship in Advanced Practice Nursing
ONE WEEK SUMMER RESIDENCY ON CAMPUS
TOTAL CREDITS: 8 Credits



Year 2

Fall Semester
NURS 6243 Population Health and Health Promotion
NURS 6143 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
NURS 6253 Health Systems- Informatics and Quality Management
TOTAL CREDITS: 9 Credits
Spring Semester
NURS 6313 Primary Care of Families- Adult
NURS 6314 Primary Care of Families- Adult Practicum
NURS 6412 Advanced Nursing Practice in Rural Communities
TOTAL CREDITS: 9 Credits

Summer Semester
NURS 6333 Primary Care of Families- Pediatrics
NURS 6334 Primary Care of Families - Pediatric Practicum
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 credit)
TOTAL CREDITS; 8 Credits


Year 3

Fall Semester
NURS 6353 Primary Care of Families- Women
NURS 6354 Primary Care of Families- Women Practicum
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 credit)
TOTAL CREDITS: 8 Credits
Spring Semester
NURS 6373 Gerontology in Primary Care
NURS 6374 Primary Care Practicum- Gerontology
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 Credit)
TOTAL CREDITS: 8 Credits
Summer Semester
NURS 6414 DNP Practicum in Family Nursing
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 Credit)
PROJECT DEFENSE ON CAMPUS
TOTAL CREDITS: 5 Credits


Four Year Plan of Study (Part Time)

Year 1


Fall Semester
NURS 6010 Program Orientation
NURS 6113 Advanced Pathophysiology
NURS 6123 Biostatistics for Advanced Practice Nursing
TOTAL CREDITS: 6 Credits

Spring Semester
NURS 6153 Advanced Research Methods
NURS 6213 Theory for Evidence-Based Advanced Nursing Practice
TOTAL CREDITS: 6 Credits


Summer Semester
NURS 6233 Evidence-Based Practice
TOTAL CREDITS: 3 Credits





Year 2

Fall Semester
NURS 6263 Health Policy, Ethics, Economics and Advanced Practice Nursing
NURS 6243 Population Health and Health Promotion
TOTAL CREDITS: 6 Credits


Spring Semester
NURS 6423 Interprofessional Leadership, Collaboration and Communications
NURS 6412 Advanced Nursing Practice in Rural Communities
TOTAL CREDIT: 5 Credits


Summer Semester
NURS 6133 Advanced Holistic Assessment
NURS Role Development for the DNP
ONE WEEK SUMMER RESIDENCY ON CAMPUS
TOTAL CREDITS: 5 Credits

Year 3


Fall Semester
NURS 6143 Adv. Pharmacotherapeutics
NURS 6253 Health Systems - Informatics and Quality Management
TOTAL CREDITS: 6 Credits


Spring Semester
NURS 6313 Primary Care of Families- Adult
NURS 6314 Primary Care of Families - Adult Practicum
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 Credit)
TOTAL CREDITS: 8 Credits

Summer Semester
NURS 6333 Primary Care of Families - Peds
NURS 6334 Primary Care of Families- Peds Practicum
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 credit)
TOTAL CREDITS: 8 Credits


Year 4

Fall Semester
NURS 6353 Primary Care of Families: Women
NURS 6354 Primary Care of Families: Women Practicum
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 credit)
TOTAL CREDITS: 8 Credits
Spring Semester
NURS 6373 Gerontology in Primary Care
NURS 6374 Primary Care Practicum- Gerontology
NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (1 credit)
TOTAL CREDITS: 8 Credits
Summer Semester
NURS 6414 DNP Practicum in Family Nursing
NURS 6500 DNP Practicum (1 credit)
PROJECT DEFENSE ON CAMPUS
TOTAL CREDITS: 5 Credits





Advanced Placement DNP Option for Students who have already completed a Master's Degree in Nursing with the Family Nurse Practitioner Focus

Planned total of 34 to 36 credit hours post-Master's in Nursing degree.  The transcripts of the MSN applicant will be reviewed to determine deficits that exceed the classes listed in this plan needed to fulfill he AACN DNP Essentials Criteria. Students may need to take additional DNP curriculum courses to fill any identified deficit.

Required Courses

NURS 6010 Program Orientation (0 Credits)


NURS 6243 Population Health and Health Promotion (3 credits)

NURS 6413 Advanced Nursing Practice in Rural Communities (3 credits)

NURS 6423 Interprofessional Leadership, Collaboration and Communications (3 credits)

NURS 6253 Health Systems- Informatics and Quality Management (3 credits)

NURS 6263 Health Policy, Ethics and Economics and Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
NURS 6432 Role Development for the DNP (2 credits)


NURS 6233 Evidence-Based Practice and Scholarship in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits)
NURS 6373 Gerontology in Primary Care (3 credits)


NURS6374 Primary Care Practicum- Gerontology (4 credits)
NURS 6414 DNP Practicum in Family Nursing (4 credits)

NURS 6500 DNP Capstone (4 to 6 credits)

For additional information please contact: 

Dr Pat Thompson, DNP Program Director

Email: prthompson@nwosu.edu