Family Nurse Practitioner DNP: MSN-DNP Track Program Details

The Family Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice program track for registered nurses with a MSN, is responsive to the needs of working professionals. MSN-DNP students also have the option of completing a Master of Public Health or MS in Behavioral Health specialty Masters in conjunction with the DNP degree. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for Family Nurse Practitioner Certification.

You will have completed the required coursework and clinical hours to meet the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice upon completion of the program.

Program Delivery

The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Role programs have a variety of delivery methods due to their interprofessional nature.

  • A key element of our program is the in-person intensives. These intensives provide time for you to work together and receive feedback from faculty and peers.
  • Our program is committed to accessible education for the working professional. However, clinical practicum requirements of the program require flexibility in your schedule.

THE NURSE PRACTITIONER COURSES ARE OFFERED IN A VARIETY OF DELIVERY FORMATS

  • Some tracks have courses which meet during the week during business hours or in the evening.
  • Some courses are offered in a blended format where the courses are offered one week on-campus and the alternating week online.
  • Some tracks are offered entirely online.
  • It depends upon the specialty track you choose to pursue to determine what specific course delivery you will follow.
  • Contact us for more information about program delivery.

THE DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE COURSES ARE OFFERED IN 2 DELIVERY FORMAT OPTIONS: ONLINE AND ON-CAMPUS

  • Both options follow the same course progression and requirements leading to the same degree.
  • You will generally take your Doctor of Nursing Practice courses in the second half of the BSN-DNP program. You can determine which courses are DNP courses in the curriculum plan as they begin with NURS. Choose your program track option and refer to the curriculum plan for a course list.

ON-CAMPUS DNP

  • In-person teaching intensives are every other weekend on Friday (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) during the day. See our Teaching Weekend schedule for dates.

ONLINE DNP

  • Our online option includes in-person intensives that are scheduled once a semester, Friday (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Clinical Practicum Hours

As a Doctor of Nursing Practice student, you must complete a total of 1,000 clinical hours during the MSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner program track. Students are eligible to transfer in up to 500 clinical hours from approved master's level practicum coursework.

Estimated Cost

Please note that tuition rates and fees are subject to change and more information can be found about tuition and graduate student fees on the university tuition and fees webpage. The current estimated tuition costs based on the 2015-16 academic year rate is $1,245 per unit. You can expect to pay about $2,000 more in books and fees over the course of the program. In addition to tuition there are fees for graduate students including mandatory health insurance, Associate Graduate Students of USF (AGSUSF) of $50 per semester (Spring/Fall semesters only), and an applicable fieldwork fee of $100 per fieldwork course. 

MSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Course Details

You can complete the MSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner doctoral program track in 3 years, or 8 semesters, depending upon how many courses are taken in a semester.

This is a sample curriculum pattern. Individual curriculum plans are negotiated between the you and your adviser. A detailed progression of the courses below will be provided to you in your acceptance packet or upon request.

Course descriptions are available in the catalog.

MSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Role Curriculum

Year 1 | Semester 1
Fall
 
NURS 705 Scholarly Communication 3 credits
NURS 702 Epidemiology 3 credits
NURS 701 Applied Data Analysis 3 credits
  Semester Total 9 credits
     
Year 1 | Semester 2
Fall
 
NURS 754 Policy and Ethical Implications for Healthcare Outcomes 3 credits
NURS 706 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 3 credits
NURS 707 Applied Drug Therapy 3 credits
  Semester Total 9 credits
     
Year 1 | Semester 3
Fall
 
NURS 762 Financial Management Basics* 1 credit
NURS 763 Management of Financial Resources      3 credits
NURS 764 Health Informatics 3 credits
  Semester Total 7 credits
     
Year 2 | Semester 4
Fall
 
NURS 735 Assessment and Differential Diagnosis Skills 3 credits
NURS 736 Advanced Assessment and Differential Diagnosis Skills Practicum 2 credits
NURS 711 Evidence Based Practice in Health Care 3 credits
NURS 749A Qualifying Project: Manuscript Development 1 credit
  Semester Total 9 credits
     
Year 2 | Semester 5
Fall
 
NURS 746 Community Based Health Promotion and NP Role Development 3 credits
NURS 745 Community Based Health Promotion and NP Role Development Practicum 3 credits
NURS 765 Project and Practice Management 3 credits
NURS 749B Qualifying Project: Prospectus Development 1 credit
  Semester Total 10 credits
     
Year 2 | Semester 6
Fall
 
NURS 753 Management of Common and Acute Health Problems 3 credits
NURS 752 Management of Common and Acute Health Problems Practicum 3 credits
NURS 756 Nursing Leadership Within Current and Future Healthcare Delivery Systems 3 credits
  Semester Total 9 credits
     
Year 3 | Semester 7
Fall
 
NURS 776 Management of Chronic Health Problems 3 credits
NURS 775 Management of Common and Acute Health Problems Practicum 3 credits
NURS 795 Qualifying Project 3 credits
  Semester Total 9 credits
     
Year 3 | Semester 8
Fall
 
NURS 785 Management of Complex Health Problems 3 credits
NURS 782 Management of Complex Health Problems Clinical Practicum 3 credits
NURS 789 DNP Project 1 credit
  Semester Total 7 credits
 
DNP AWARDED / Eligible for FNP Certification
69 credits

* Must be completed in the first summer session

Course descriptions are available in the catalog.

DNP Clinical Hours
  • NURS 735: Advanced Assessment and Differential Diagnosis Clinical (90)
  • NURS 745: Community-based Health Promotion and FNP Role Development practicum (135)
  • NURS 752: Management of Common and Acute Health Problems Practicum (135)
  • NURS 775: Management of Chronic Health Problems Practicum (135)
  • NURS 785: Management of Complex Health Problems Practicum (135)
  • NURS 795: DNP Residency (135)
  • NURS 789: DNP Project (45)
810 clinical hours + master's degree clinical hours or additional DNP clinical credits = 1,000 clinical hours

Contact Info

School of Nursing & Health Professions

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2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-3627