The BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares registered nurses (RNs) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for various roles in health care leadership and as Clinical Nurse Leaders.
The next cohort begins in Fall 2014.
Graduates of the program are equipped to design models of health care delivery, evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage the health care needs of diverse populations, and use technology and information to transform the field.
Students are also trained to practice as family nurse practitioners (FNP). FNPs are prepared to provide patient care in a variety of settings, including: homes, hospitals, offices, industry, schools, community agencies, public and private clinics, and private practices. FNPs act both independently and in partnership with other health care professionals, and are focused on health promotion and disease prevention. They are trained to conduct comprehensive health assessments, diagnose and manage acute illnesses (with appropriate referral), and manage chronic conditions.
The program comprises 80 units over the course of approximately four years of study. It’s part-time and flexible with classes held one evening a week during the first two years then teaching weekends plus practicum hours. Students complete coursework in the Master of Science in Nursing/Clinical Nurse Leader curriculum during the first two years of the program. The remainder is dedicated to the doctoral degree and additional certification as a family nurse practitioner. It is offered at the USF main campus only.
- Combine knowledge in nursing, ethics, and the medical sciences to develop and evaluate practices and models of patient care delivery
- Develop and evaluate effective strategies for managing ethical dilemmas present across the health care, technology, and research fields
- Use analytic methods to design, implement, and evaluate best-practice models for patient care and care delivery
- Effectively develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to advance the field and systems of health care delivery
- Demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of institutional, local, state, federal, and international health policy
- Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in health care
- Advance the effective use of health care information systems to ensure high-quality outcomes
- Effectively lead quality improvement and patient safety initiatives
- Effectively communicate and collaborate with health care teams in developing and implementing organizational and practice models, health policy, and standards of care
- Analyze and synthesize various data related to patient health information
- Conduct a comprehensive assessment of health in complex situations, incorporating diverse approaches to design, implement, and evaluate interventions
- Analyze the relationship among practical, organizational, population, fiscal, and policy issues to educate individuals and colleagues effectively
- Develop relationships and partnerships with patients and other professionals to facilitate optimal patient care outcomes
Faculty Project Descriptions
For more information about the program, please contact Susana Torres in the School of Nursing and Health Professions (San Francisco main campus) at (415) 422-2806 or email@example.com.
Graduates meet the outcome competencies and practice standards of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. In the program, students complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice, complete the DNP qualifying examination, and complete an evidence-based practice project (which replaces the dissertation). The program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.