Program Description

The FMU Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree prepares nurses to work in clinical practice roles that apply evidence-based practice to patients, systems, and populations in order to improve health with a focus on rural populations. Two degree tracks are available:

  • MSN to DNP, a 27 credit hour program for students who already hold an advanced practice nursing license.
  • BS(N) to APRN/DNP, a 67 credit hour program that provides a seamless transition from the baccalaureate to the doctoral level.

The DNP program is anticipated to begin in Spring 2018, pending December approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Higher Education, and is now accepting applications.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Francis Marion University (FMU) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) are as follows:

  1. To educate highly qualified advanced practice nurses to apply scientific knowledge and practice expertise within rural and underserved healthcare environments;
  2. To improve the quality of care and patient safety with the development of advanced competencies for increasingly complex practice is rural and underserved settings;
  3. To improve patient outcomes with enhanced leadership skills; and
  4. To strengthen healthcare delivery systems to rural and underserved patients, families, and communities.

Requirements upon Acceptance

Upon acceptance into the DNP program, learners must provide documentation of the following onto our online documentation system from CastleBranch:

  • Satisfactory criminal background check and drug screen
  • Annual TB skin test
  • Immunizations including Hepatitis B and Varicella
  • American Heart Association (AHA) CPR Certification for healthcare providers
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Current, unencumbered nursing license

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