The contributions of family nurse practitioners to the patient care experience — and to the community as a whole — are great. Assisting primary care physicians is only the beginning; you’ll be working closely with patients throughout their lives, conducting physical exams, diagnosing illnesses, managing chronic and acute physical and mental conditions, and prescribing medications. This DNP track prepares you for this multifaceted role, developing clinical and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to thrive independently and as a member of a primary care team.
The family nurse practitioner track can be pursued either part time or full time. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to take a national exam for family nurse practitioner certification.
Curriculum and Requirements
DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner Program (75 credits)
|BMS 515||Advanced Pathophysiology I||3|
|NUR 514||Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Practice||3|
|NUR 516||Health Policy and Organizational Systems||3|
|NUR 520L||Advanced Health Assessment I Lab||2|
|NUR 520||Advanced Health Assessment I||3|
|NUR 522||Advanced Pathophysiology II (BMS 516)||3|
|NUR 524||Principles of ECG Interpretation||1|
|NUR 528||Principles of Radiography||2|
|NUR 530||Advanced Pharmacology||3|
|NUR 602||Principles of Ethical Theory in Nursing||1|
|NUR 610||Clinical Scholarship and Inquiry in Nursing||2|
|NUR 610PBL||DNP Project I||2|
|NUR 612||Leadership and Collaboration for Change in Health Care||2|
|NUR 612PBL||DNP Project II||2|
|NUR 630||Advanced Health Assessment II||3|
|NUR 630L||Advanced Health Assessment II Lab||2|
|NUR 631||Introduction to Clinical Practicum & Seminar||1|
|NUR 632||Health Promotion and Advocacy||3|
|NUR 634||Reproductive Health Problems in Primary Care||3|
|NUR 636||Common Problems in Primary Care||3|
|NUR 637||Clinical Fellowship||4|
|NUR 638||Laboratory Diagnosis||2|
|NUR 642||Complex Problems in Primary Care||3|
|NUR 650||Special Topics in Family Psychopharmacology||1|
|NUR 651||Family Health Practicum and Seminar I||3|
|NUR 652||Primary Care of the Child and Family I||3|
|NUR 653||Family Health Practicum and Seminar II||3|
|NUR 654||Primary Care of the Child and Family II||3|
|NUR 655||Family Health Practicum and Seminar III||1|
|NUR 656||Pediatric Assessment||1|
|NUR 657||Family Health Practicum and Seminar IV||3|
NUR 514 and NUR 516 are offered online or on-ground (space available basis)
The semester by semester Learning Pathway for this program is available in the School of Nursing.
The curriculum for this program is subject to modification as deemed necessary by the nursing faculty to provide students with the most meaningful educational experience and to remain current with professional standards and guidelines.
The family nurse practitioner program begins only in the fall semester.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through May 1. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
When all application materials are received, an interview with the graduate nursing program director and/or member of the faculty will be arranged for eligible candidates. All required courses must be completed by the application deadline. Interviews will only be granted to those with completed applications.
- Must be a registered nurse or NCLEX-eligible nurse.
- Must have a bachelor's degree in nursing or another field.
- An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is required.
- Application: Complete the information required on the application form.
- Application fee: Include a $45 nonrefundable application fee by credit or debit card when submitting your application. Do not send cash or check.
- Official transcripts: It is your responsibility to request official transcripts from ALL undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended (including part-time and summer study). If you received transfer credit from another institution, it is still necessary to have an official transcript sent from the original university. These transcripts must be provided to Quinnipiac University in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Letters of recommendation: You must have two professional references from persons with authority to evaluate your professional ability, submitted on your behalf. You will be required to enter your recommenders' contact information on the application.
- Letter of Intent: Upload a letter of intent that addresses the following:
- professional goals and motivations
- a nursing experience that has influenced or shaped your practice
- a health care problem that interests you
- Resume: Include an up-to-date resume.
- Nursing license: You are required to have a valid CT nursing license prior to the start of your program. Your application will still receive full consideration if your license is pending at the time of submission. The NCLEX-RN exam must be completed prior to August 1. You will be able to upload your nursing license when completing your application or from your student portal after submitting your application.
Interview: Personal interviews (by invitation) will be scheduled once an application is complete.
If you're considering one of Quinnipiac's outstanding graduate programs, you're on your way to joining a graduate community committed to academic excellence and professional preparation at the highest level.
Please reach out to us with questions about the application process.
Phone: 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
Mail: Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions, NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940
The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Council on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
The objectives of the DNP program are to prepare graduates for advanced nursing practice who are capable of providing holistic health care for diverse individuals, families or populations in a variety of settings. Specifically, the program seeks to produce graduates who:
- Demonstrate clinical reasoning through an understanding of science and evidence-based practice.
- Design, implement and evaluate quality improvement initiatives across the systems in which health care is delivered.
- Analyze and critique the available evidence for best practices in health care.
- Apply technology and information fluency to conduct practice inquiry.
- Advocate for rational health policies to improve patient care and enhance effective use of resources.
- Demonstrate leadership through interprofessional collaboration to improve patient and population health outcomes.
- Direct health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve patient and population health outcomes.
- Provide competent, culturally sensitive and ethically based care to individuals and/or populations in a defined specialty of advanced nursing practice.