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Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner

Overview

A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) comes with the confidence and authenticity needed for the highest levels of practice. Our fully online asynchronous program with optional synchronous sessions allows you to complete the DNP program with a Family Nurse Practitioner certificate on a timeline that works best for your life. 

You are ambitious, seeking opportunities to progress in your career and practice as a nurse beyond acute care. Pursuing a DNP with an FNP certificate allows you to become an expert-level nurse that provides primary care to individuals and families of all ages and diverse backgrounds. Òù69 values your calling, meeting it with leadership and practical skills you’ll need to grow into prominent roles within complex health systems.

A DNP from Òù69 builds upon your expertise and your distinct point of view. Learn from experts in the field, perform a clinical or research-based project catered to your preferences, and walk alongside a mentor throughout the process. 

While a Ph.D. in Nursing is most suited for advancement in research and academia, a DNP, FNP is ideal for professionals who want to expand their expertise working chiefly in patient care settings. 

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Through our DNP with FNP, you will earn your Doctor of Nurse Practice degree while simultaneously completing your Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate. With your FNP certificate, you can work in a variety of healthcare settings:

  • Hospitals 
  • Private clinics 
  • Community clinics 
  • Long-term care facilities 
  • Private care practice 
  • And more

A Strong Impact

When you become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), you will be prepared to advance the standard of primary care in any healthcare organization or physician’s office. When you earn your FNP from Òù69, you will focus on the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of nursing, preparing you to make a big impact on patients’ holistic care.

A Healthy Future

The hands-on, evidence-based instruction, clinical hours, mentoring, and networking opportunities through an extensive alumni group, as well as Òù69’s strong nursing reputation set the stage for your continued career success after graduation.

Space to Fully Invest in Work and School

Òù69’s DNP is a fully online asynchronous program where you can pace yourself with online coursework and continue working as a nurse in your field. Our program is CCNE accredited and aligns with the core competencies of an AACN Essentials for Advanced Level Nursing Practice program.

Multiple entry points allow those at most degree levels to earn the DNP. Enter as BSN-prepared and have the option to finish with an MSN or use your MSN clinical work as credits toward the DNP.

Work that is Authentic and Sacred

Nursing as sacred work is a cornerstone value of Òù69’s nursing programs. Learn alongside faculty and colleagues who value it the same way. Any program can teach you skills and best practices; at Òù69 seasoned professors serve as academic and professional mentors not only in class but in helping you discover your unique calling.

Which DNP is right for me?

Òù69 offers three DNP programs including:

  • DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP Healthcare Leadership
  • DNP Clinical Nurse Specialist

Each program is geared to equip you with skills needed for specific nursing roles. While FNPs perform primary care for patients, CNSs provide specialized clinical care for specific patient populations. A DNP in Healthcare Leadership will prepare you to effectively lead entire teams or departments of nurses.

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When you complete the DNP program with an FNP certification, you will be able to:

  • Provide primary and/or preventative care
  • Create dialogue and strategies supporting practice changes within the healthcare system
  • Appraise evidence for best practice implementation through the utilization of information technology
  • Synthesize evidence to implement change that affects client outcomes
  • Recommend standards for holistic care that meet the client needs
  • Analyze own self-care practices that advance optimal care of clients, nurses and organization(s)
  • Model graceful service through compassionate responses to patient, family, staff and organizational needs
  • Design an environment of advocacy for patient care that honors the diversity of patients/families, healthcare staff and organizations
  • Create opportunities to improve the quality of health within a community
  • Defend ethical care consistent with professional practice
  • Step into leadership, managerial, and nurse educator positions
  • Provide a higher level of care with increased professional responsibility and autonomy

Two Pathways to Earn Your DNP with an FNP certification

BSN to DNP with FNP

If you already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you can enter our BSN to DNP with FNP track. This pathway is 76 units and can be completed in as little as 10 semesters.

Complete the program at your own pace through fully online asynchronous classes (with optional synchronous sessions), two on-campus intensive weekends, and in-person clinicals. You are required to complete 1000 clinical hours, including a minimum of 750 direct patient care hours and 250 hours related to the DNP project.

The School of Nursing will accept only in-state students and assist San Diego residents with clinical placements, however, San Diego non-residents will need to find their own placements.

You have the flexibility to complete your required evidence-based quality improvement project catered to your preferences and passions. Based on your project, you will be able to select a mentor who will work alongside you.

Although an MSN degree is not earned through this pathway you will still earn a DNP degree with FNP certification in a shorter time period than it would take to earn an MSN and DNP separately. There is an MSN stop-out option if you do decide not to complete a DNP degree prior to the 3rd graduate semester. Students who elect to stop-out will receive an MSN degree.

*Note: The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) made the commitment to move all entry-level NP education to the DNP degree by 2025.

MSN to DNP with FNP

If you have earned an MSN degree, you can complete your DNP with FNP certification in as little as 9–10 semesters. This fully asynchronous online program is 55–65 units — depending on the gap analysis of course units you enter the program with.

You are required to complete 1000 clinical hours, including a minimum of 750 direct patient care clinical hours and 250 hours related to the DNP project.

The School of Nursing will accept only in-state students and assist San Diego residents with clinical placements, however, San Diego non-residents will need to find their own placements.

You have the flexibility to complete your required evidence-based quality improvement project catered to your preferences and passions. Based on your project, you will be able to select a mentor who will work alongside you.

Compare the two different DNP with FNP pathways

Depending on where you are in your educational journey, there are different paths you can take to earn your DNP with FNP. 

  BSN - DNP with FNP MSN - DNP with FNP
Who is it for? Nurses with a BSN degree looking to earn a DNP with an FNP certification. 

Nurses with an MSN degree looking to earn a DNP with an FNP certification.

Number of units

76 units 

55 - 65 units depending on your gap analysis 

Completion time 

10 semesters (3.3 years) 

10 semesters (3.3 years) 

Program structure 

Online asynchronous, optional synchronous courses and in-person clinicals 

Online asynchronous, optional synchronous courses and in-person clinicals 

Typical # of Students in Class

Classes are intentionally small. Most classes will generally have between 15 and 20 students.

Classes are intentionally small. Most classes will generally have between 15 and 20 students.

Degree Needed to Apply 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Masters of Science in Nursing 

Scholarships Available?

Yes Yes

Speak with your admissions counselor to identify where you are at.

Professional Licensure or Certification

This program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and meets the requirements for licensure or certification in the state of California, where Òù69 is physically located. Òù69 cannot confirm whether or not specific programs meet out-of-state requirements for Professional Licensure or Certification. Information about out-of-state requirements in Nursing are available on the website.

For more information on State Authorization and Program Licensure, please refer to our disclosures page.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Òù69 are accredited by the .

You will be eligible to take the FNP certification examination by ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) and AANP (American Association of Nurse Practitioners) upon completion of the program.

Many nurses are going back to earn their DNPs, pictured above is a nurse in scrubs and a DNP professional in their lab coat.

What is the Difference Between a Ph.D. and a DNP in Nursing?

There are two doctorates available for nurses looking to earn an advanced terminal degree – the DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) and the Ph.D. If you are currently working as a nurse or are considering enrolling in a nursing graduate program, it’s worth thinking about which terminal degree makes sense to further your career.

Two nurses sit in an exam room. One is holding a medical pamphlet while they are talking to each other.

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A female nurse with brown hair is holding a stethoscope to her patient's heart. The patient is a female with blonde hair. She is sitting on the exam table, smiling.

What Is an FNP? Everything You Need to Know

A family nurse practitioner (FNP) is a unique member of the nursing community who performs a wide range of tasks similar to a primary care physician. 

Application Information

Program Start Date(s):

  • Summer 2024 Quad I — May 6, 2024
  • Fall 2024 â€”  September 2, 2024

Application Deadline(s):

  • Summer 2024 â€” April 24, 2024
  • Fall 2024 – August 21, 2024

All applications submitted after this date will be reviewed based on availability of space.

Application Checklist

Admission to the program is based on an overall appraisal of the applicant's ability to undertake doctoral study and their contributions to the discipline of nursing as evidenced by the following:

  1. Documentation of current RN license
  2. Current employment in nursing or at least 1 year of full-time practice in the last 5 years
  3. Online application for admissions (includes $50 non-refundable application fee)
    Fee waived if applicant is one of the following: Òù69 alum, current or former military and their dependents, Òù69 employee
  4. Submit official transcripts. (If you are a Òù69 alumnus, please notify your counselor to have your transcripts retrieved. You do not need to request transcripts from the Òù69 Office of Records.)

    Official transcripts must be sent to:
    Òù69
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92106

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:
    gradprocessing@pointloma.edu
     
  5. Minimum grade point average of 3.200 (MSN)
  6. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  7. Two professional letters of recommendation
  8. A personal essay of approximated 250 words identifying a change of practice issue related to your professional goals
  9. After all application materials are submitted, an interview with the School of Nursing is scheduled

The Selection Process

The educational context at Òù69 will challenge you to live a full life that integrates the pursuit of knowledge with beliefs, values, and actions. While acknowledging diverse perspectives and beliefs, Christian values and principles are woven into the educational experience. We understand your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it’s a reflection of you as a person.

At Òù69, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into a graduate program. If you do not meet all of the above criteria, Òù69 offers an exceptions policy. Speak with your admissions counselor for more information.

Career Opportunities

Òù69’s DNP with FNP will prepare you for the highest levels of nursing leadership and to engage on policy-level decisions regarding patient care. Some even pursue entrepreneurship and open their own nurse-run clinics.

Òù69’s DNP program will prepare you for an FNP in a variety of fields. 

  • Hospitals
  • Private clinics
  • Community clinics
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Private care practice
  • Urgent care sites
  • Home health agencies
  • Veterans Administration
  • Schools and colleges

What is the job trajectory for DNP with FNP graduates?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for nurse practitioners is expected to grow 52% between 2020 and 2030. Not only is a nurse practitioner the fastest growing healthcare career, it’s also one of the five, fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. across all industries.

Different Career Outcomes for DNPs with FNP:

Acute or Urgent Care Nurse Practitioner

: $135,532
: 14.8% through 2026 (much faster than average)

An acute or urgent care nurse practitioner treats patients who need immediate care. In this role, you will treat a range of illness and injuries that can range from acute, episodic to chronic complex diseases.

Travel Nurse Practitioner

: $123,848
: 40% through 2031 (Much faster than average)

A travel nurse practitioner supports the staffing needs of healthcare facilities across the country. In this role, you can work in a variety of settings in different cities based on your assignment. Your scope of practice remains the same, but you are not assigned a permanent location to work, instead, you work on a contractual basis.

Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at Òù69 and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

Financial Aid and Student Support

Faculty Discounts

Òù69 is proud to offer discounts to faculty members across higher education for all graduate nursing programs. Full time faculty at Òù69 receive a 50% discount, adjunct/part time faculty at Òù69 receive a 25% discount, and faculty members at another institution will receive a 20% discount. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is required to be admitted into this program?

To be admitted into Òù69's DNP with FNP program, you must either have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript from an institution indicating the completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree. You must also have a current RN license and have held at least one year of full-time practice within the last five years.

Are clinical hours required?

1000 clinical hours are required including 750 hours of direct patient clinical hours and 250 hours related to the DNP project.

Do I need to find my own clinical placements?

The School of Nursing will accept only in-state students and help find clinical placements for San Diego residents, but you are also able to find your own placement sites. San Diego non-residents will need to find their own clinical placements. Òù69 will create a legal MOU with all placement sites in or outside of San Diego. Speak with your enrollment counselor for more information.

Can I work while completing the program?

Yes! This program is designed for working nurses. Òù69’s fully online asynchronous program offers optional synchronous online classes. 

What scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available to me?

You will have the option to apply for scholarships, grants, loans, and other special types of aid through Student Financial Services. Contact your enrollment counselor for more information.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Both the BSN-to-DNP with FNP track and the MSN-to-DNP track are expected to be completed in 10 semesters (about 3.3 years).

How many days a week do classes meet?

Classes are completed online at your own schedule. You have the option to participate in optional synchronous sessions. 

How large will the classes be?

Classes are intentionally small. Most classes will generally have between 15 and 20 students.

What is Your State Authorization Policy?

State authorization is a formal determination by a state or U.S. Territory that Òù69 is approved to conduct activities regulated by that state or U.S. Territory. Òù69 is not required to obtain state authorization in every state or U.S. Territory, and the university has opted at this time not to seek authorization in some states. Additionally, Òù69 meets the criteria for exemption from authorization in certain states.

Visit our disclosures page to view our color-coded state authorized map to view your state’s authorization status. If you have questions, please contact your enrollment counselor. 

Authorizations in specific states and U.S. Territories may change periodically. 

Are international students eligible to apply?

Unfortunately, international students are not eligible to apply for our online programs. You are only eligible if you reside in one of our authorized states. Visit our disclosures page to learn more.

If you are a military spouse or serving overseas, contact military services.

Òù69 is a Christian university, but I am not a Christian. Would I feel out of place in this program?

We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds as students in our programs. Issues that relate to faith may be discussed in some classes, and engaging in discussion with individuals with alternative points of view will be encouraged as learning opportunities. Students will work within a learning community that is supportive academically, spiritually, and emotionally.

What career opportunities are there for a DNP?

Management, leadership positions in nursing; policy and administration positions; nurse educator; entrepreneur, university faculty member, and more. The job outlook for nurse practitioners is expected to grow 52% by 2030. 

Is this program CCNE accredited?

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Òù69 are accredited by the .

Why get a DNP rather than a PhD?

  PhD DNP
Objective

Preparation for research and academic careers in healthcare

Preparation for the highest nursing leadership levels

Clinical Hours

None

1000 hours minimum

Scholarly Project

No Yes

Dissertation

Yes No

Employment Opportunities

Nurse scientist, health policy academic

Nursing management and leadership, nurse educator

Will I be able to reach out to someone for help when we're not meeting face-to-face?

Yes. You will be paired with a faculty mentor and will have regular check-ins to ensure support and guidance is always provided.

Course List

For information about the courses required for the Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner program, view the Òù69 Catalog.