Nursing Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner) - Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a doctoral degree for nurses at the highest level of nursing practice. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has proposed that the DNP degree will be the level of entry for all advanced practice nurses by 2020. Practice-focused doctoral nursing programs prepare leaders for the highest level of practice and is the terminal practice degree. Although the coursework for these programs is web-based, the clinical component consists of over 1000 contact hours. Anyone interested in pursuing a nurse practitioner doctorate must make certain that they can accommodate the intensive time commitment that these programs require.

The Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares nurses for advanced practice through a course of study focused on the health care of families across the lifespan. The courses in this specialty focus on advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and management of acute and chronic illness in families. These courses are combined with specialty seminars and clinical experiences that emphasize the physiological and psychosocial impact of illness on the patient and family. Graduates are prepared to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam.

In order to complete the DNP program, each student is required to generate a project that reflects their advanced coursework in leadership, research translation, and clinical knowledge and skills.

New Mexico State University is a full member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements consortium (SARA). Students will need to check the NMSU SARA website before application to determine if NMSU has a reciprocity agreement with their home state before application is made.  State Boards of Nursing may regulate NMSU's ability to have APRN students in clinical practice in the home state of out of state students. Please refer to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's APRN Distance Education Requirements website and contact with Nursing Graduate Advisor to confirm eligibility to conduct clinical training in states outside of New Mexico. 

For application information, visit the School of Nursing website or contact the Nursing Graduate Advisor for more information about application and admission requirements at (575) 646-7770. 

DNP Core Courses

Prefix Title Credits
Core Courses
NURS 506Health Policy for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 511Advanced Pathophysiology for Clinical Nursing3
NURS 512Advanced Clinical Pharmacology3
NURS 515Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 530Promoting Health Behavior3
NURS 565Advanced Leadership in Healthcare3-5
NURS 567Nursing Informatics3
NURS 630Issues in Studying Health of Culturally Diverse and Border Populations3
NURS 649Innovations and Health Care Organizations3
NURS 651Quality Improvement in Healthcare3
NURS 653Evidence-Based Practice for Nurse Practitioners3
NURS 685Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice2
NURS 686DNP Project I2
NURS 687DNP Project II2
NURS 688DNP Project III2
NURS 697Professional Roles for Advanced Practice Clinical Nursing3
NURS 690Doctoral Nursing Seminar1-3
Total Credits45-49

FNP Specialty Courses

Prefix Title Credits
Required Courses
NURS 671FNP Across the Lifespan I6
NURS 672FNP Across the Lifespan II5-7
NURS 673FNP Across the Lifespan III5
NURS 676Women's Health3
NURS 678Health Needs of Special Populations2-4
Total Credits21-25