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Program and Application Information
Department Chair:Carla Gross, Ph.D., RN
Department Location:SGC D113
Department Phone:(701) 231-5692
Department Web
Application Deadline:Doctor of Nursing Practice, February 28 for BSN to DNP fall admission. BSN to DNP requires a March interview.
Degrees Offered:FNP/D.N.P.
English Proficiency Requirements:TOEFL ibT 79 IELTS 6.5

Program Description

 The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, a clinical doctorate, is offered in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. An individually tailored program of study is available for the advanced practice nurse with a master's degree in nursing. The program includes advanced nursing courses, support courses, clinical practica and clinical disquisition (comprehensive study or thesis). 

Guidelines provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) are utilized in the curriculum. The graduate nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Admission Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program.
  2. Undergraduate coursework in research and health assessment.
  3. Current unencumbered RN licensure
  4. Completed application to the Graduate School.
    1. Three references: two from professional colleagues that address clinical competence and potential for graduate education, and one other reference.
    2. Written narrative of professional experience and future goals.
  5. Interview, if requested. (Interview required for all DNP applicants.)
  1. Family Nurse Practitioner/Doctor of Nursing Practice: A minimum of 86 (DNP) semester credits. 
  2. A maximum of nine graduate semester credits (with a grade of B or better) completed within seven years previous to admission, may be transferred from other regionally accredited colleges or universities with the consent of the student's supervisory committee.
  3. Clinical Dissertation
Core Requirements for D.N.P. Degrees
NURS 701Theoretical Perspectives of the Discipline3
NURS 702Ethics and Health Policy in Nursing2
NURS 704Nursing Research/Evidence Based Practice3
NURS 706Health Care Delivery Systems, Financing and Informatics3
Total Credits11

D.N.P. Degree in Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner Requirements (DNP)86
Advanced Community Assessment
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Advanced Health Assessment
Assessment Practicum
Advanced Pathophysiology I
Advanced Pathophysiology II
Advanced Practice Roles
Clinical Applications
Advanced Pharmacology I
Advanced Pharmacology II
Family Primary Care I:Assessment and Management
Family Primary Care:Residency I
Family Primary Care II:Assessment and Management
Family Primary Care:Residency II
Family Primary Care III: Assessment and Management
Practicum IV: FNP Role Integration
Practicum V: FNP Role Integration
Family Primary Care: Specialty Practicum
Economic Outcomes Assessment/Relevant Issues
Applied Statistics
Clinical Dissertation

Mykell Barnacle, DNP, FNP
North Dakota State University, 2008

Kelly Buettner-Schmidt, Ph.D., RN
University of New Mexico, 2013

Kara Falk, MS, FNP
University of North Dakota, 2006

Amy Fisher, MA, PNP
College of St Catherine, 1992

Donna Grandbois, Ph.D., RN
North Dakota State University, 2008

Carla Gross, Ph.D., RN
North Dakota State University, 2012

Dean Gross, Ph.D., FNP
Rush University, 1998

Loretta Heuer, Ph.D., FAAN
University of North Dakota, 1995

Norma Kiser-Larson, Ph.D., CNE
University of Minnesota, 1999

Tina Lundeen, DNP, FNP
North Dakota State University, 2010

Camille Meyhoff, MSN, FNP
University of Mary, 2004

Carla Olson, MSN, FNP
University of North Dakota 2004

Heidi Saarinen, DNP, FNP
North Dakota State University, 2010

Molly Secor-Turner, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota, 2008

Shila Thompson, Ph.D., RN
South Dakota State University, 2012