Family Nurse Practitioner Advanced Practice Major

The DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills required to educate advanced practice nurses to provide primary health care to clients and families across the lifespan. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations and to apply for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license.

FNPs provide comprehensive health promotion services to ambulatory clients; evaluate presenting problems at the client's initial contact with the primary care system; and continuing care to clients with acute and stable chronic illnesses. In addition to clinical practice, other themes emphasized throughout the graduate coursework include: an epidemiological approach to clinical problems; family and community systems; appropriate use of technology; cost effectiveness; collaboration; consultation and the referral process; theoretical frameworks; and the research base for primary care practice.

Clinical practice sites are generally located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, but may extend across the state of Kansas and other communities where students are located. A variety of settings are utilized: family practices; student health services; occupational health clinics; home health services; rural clinics; and child, adolescent, adult and geriatric sites. 

The FNP curriculum requires 75 credit hours of coursework. The majority of required courses are available online, although the entire program is not fully available in a distance education format. Attendance on campus at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City is required for the following courses: NRSG 801, NRSG 815, NRSG 817.

Summary of Course Requirements

Common Core


Credit Hrs.

NRSG 748

Theories for Practice and Research


NRSG 754

Health Care Research


NRSG 755

Professionalism in Advanced Nursing Practice


Advanced Practice Core

NRSG 806

Advanced Physiology


NRSG 731

Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics


NRSG 809

Health Promotion


NRSG 801

Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning


NRSG 812

Advanced Pathophysiology


NRSG 813

Applied Drug Therapy


Primary Care Specialty Core

NRSG 814/815

Primary Care 1: Management of Common Health Problems Throughout the Life Span

3 & 2

NRSG 816/817

Primary Care II: Management of Complex Health Problems Throughout the Life Span

3 & 4

NRSG 818

Primary Care III: Preceptorship


DNP  Core


NRSG 808

Social Context for Health care Policy


NRSG 804

Interpreting Research for Applied Science


NRSG 911

Tools for Practice Doctorate Scholarship


NRSG 935 

Professionalism & Scholarship Workshop


NRSG 941

Preparing the Doctoral Leader


PRVM 800

Principles of Epidemiology




NRSG 980

Capstone Project for DNP


DNP Specialty Area: Family Nurse Practitioner


Student selects 11 credits of DNP specialty courses, in nursing or other related disciplines

11 total

Total Credits Required for DNP degree



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Last modified: Jun 13, 2014