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Priority application deadline:
May 23, 2014
Final application deadline:
July 22, 2014
September 2, 2014
Due to the competitiveness of applicants and limited seats available, Admissions may process applications after the final application deadline. Contact the Admissions Office to inquire.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at RMUoHP is designed to prepare graduates for advanced clinical practice and leadership roles. Two tracks are offered including the post-baccalaureate entry focusing on Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) competencies and a post-master’s entry. Graduates will process the skills necessary to assume a broad range of roles in both direct and indirect health care settings. Consistent with the recommendation in the 2002 Institute of Medicine report on Health Professions Education, graduates will become proficient at delivering patient-centered care, work as part of interdisciplinary teams, practice evidence-based care, focus on quality improvements and effectively utilize information technology.
The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2006), the Domains and Core Competencies (National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), 2012), and the Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs, 4th edition (National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education, 2012) were used to frame the requirements of the FNP track. The course sequencing and prerequisites were designed to promote development of competencies. The program is designed to prepare nurses to deliver primary health care to families in a variety of settings. Students follow patients through the life cycle utilizing obstetric, pediatric, gynecologic, as well as adult and geriatric primary care diagnostic and management skills. The clinical experiences are supported by preceding or concurrent didactic content. Successful graduates of this program would be eligible to obtain licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), nurse practitioner, with a population focus of family.
The 86-credit curriculum of the post-baccalaureate FNP program will use the limited-residency model of the University’s current DNP program and other post-professional programs. Nationally recognized standards and competencies were used to develop the curriculum which will integrate online learning with carefully selected experiences in areas close to where students reside. A required scholarly project, with a focus on applying best current evidence to transform systems, culminates the student’s application of doctoral level thinking.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has created the new Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) to provide high value programs, services, and resources to nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs. Click here for more information.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has accepted the application for the initial accreditation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. New applicant status signifies an affiliation with CCNE; it is not a status of accreditation.