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Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Option

The online Post-Bacc DNP FNP Option prepares nurse practitioners to care for individuals across the life span, from infants to older adults. FNPs typically practice in primary care settings, such as:

  • Private practices
  • Clinics
  • Urgent care centers
  • Community health centers

Family Nurse Practitioner Quick Facts

  • 75 credit program
  • 1,000 hours of practicum experience are required to fully prepare students to be practice-ready upon graduation.
  • The didactic courses are offered online.
  • Students come to campus in Spokane, WA for a minimum of seven (7), on-campus, weekend immersions over the course of the program (average 2/year). This is when students participate in the Culminating Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations or OSCEs – a cornerstone for student success. In these structured scenarios, students obtain a focused history and complete a focused exam of a scripted model patient, identify differential diagnoses and the most likely diagnosis, and determine a plan of care based on the most likely diagnosis. The OSCEs are guided by practicing faculty who bring real-world scenarios and practical advice to life for the student.
  • Faculty will make a minimum of three site visits to evaluate students in their practicum settings.
  • By the end of the program, students are required to complete a DNP project that improves practice.
  • At the completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam, which, if passed, makes them eligible for advanced practice licensure.
  • Students living outside of this four-state region (Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana) are required to arrange for an additional on-campus day in conjunction with one of the immersions during each practicum course in order to complete the faculty site visit requirement.

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Post-Bacc DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

CORE: 6 Credits 

NURS 561       Information Technology & Data Mgt (3)
NURS 563       Evidence-Based Practice (3)

NP CORE: 10 Credits 

NURS 523       Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
NURS 524       Advanced Pharmacology (3)
NURS 600       Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NURS 601       Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (1)


NURS 653P    Primary Care: Adult/Geriatric I (4)
NURS 654P    Primary Care: Adult/Geriatric II (3)
NURS 652P    Primary Care: Infant/Child/Adolescent (3)
NURS 651P    Primary Care: Gender-Based (2)

NURS 661P    Primary Care Practicum: Gender-Based (1-3)
NURS 662P    Primary Care Practicum: Inf/Child/Adol (1-3)
NURS 663P    Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric I (1-4)
NURS 664P    Primary Care Practicum: Adult/Geriatric II (1-4)
NURS 683P    Primary Care Practicum Extension (1-3)
(Must complete 10 credits of practicum or 600 hours)

 ELECTIVES (must take one 3-credit course from the following):

NURS 672        Mental Health in Advanced Practice (3)
NURS 671        Care of Frail Elder (3)
NURS 670        Psychopharmacology (3)

DNP COURSES: 34 credits 

NURS 700         Theoretical Foundations for Doctor of Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 708         Inferential Statistics (3)
NURS 710         Population-Focused Care (3)
NURS 720         Evidence Synthesis for Practice (3)
NURS 730         Clinical Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (3)
NURS 740         Quality Improvement, Info. Management, and Leadership in Health Care (3)
NURS 750         Health Policy and Advocacy (3)
NURS 761         Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar I (2)
NURS 762         Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar II (2)
NURS 763         Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar III (1)
NURS 764         Integrative Application of Evidence for Advanced Practice Seminar IV (1)
NURS 701         DNP Practicum I: Application of Evidence Based Practice (1-3)
NURS 702         DNP Practicum II: Application of Evidence-Based Practice (1-3)
NURS 703         DNP Practicum III: Application of Evidence-Based Practice (1-3)
NURS 704         DNP Practicum IV: Application of Evidence-Based Practice (1-3)
NURS 705         DNP Immersion (1)

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

Program Outcomes

The DNP Program strives to prepare graduates who can and will:

  • Serve as leaders and champions of change within complex healthcare systems
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills to optimize health in a selected area of nursing
  • Demonstrate humanistic, reflective practice, ethical reasoning, and advocacy for a selected population
  • Synthesize theory and evidence to create, implement and evaluate strategies to improve practice

Application Deadlines:

Health Systems Leadership – March 2018 Start Deadline, January 22nd

All nursing programs (except HSL) – May 2018 Start Deadline, December 18th

At a Glance


FNP - 75

PMH NP - 75

Average completion time

13-15 semesters (including summers)

Cost per credit



Online Course Delivery

Admission cycles

Fall, Spring, & Summer

PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner Options students from the following states WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.


Minimum six, three-day immersions in Spokane, WA (average 2/year). Seven for Family Nurse Practitioner Option.


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