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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a practice-focused terminal degree in nursing, designed for nurses who are seeking preparation and excellence at the highest level of clinical nursing practice. The DNP program of study has two emphases: a family nurse practitioner emphasis and a leadership emphasis. Both emphases focus on direct and indirect advanced nursing practice leadership and healthcare provision to influence the health outcomes of individuals and populations from a systems approach. The DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) emphasis prepares nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to become eligible for national FNP certification, which is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) and future healthcare leadership. The DNP-Leadership emphasis prepares nurses who possess a BSN and a master’s degree in one of the following-nursing, public health, business, or health administration for healthcare transformation and leadership.

Graduates of the DNP program are prepared to fully evaluate, translate, and implement science for improved healthcare outcomes and healthcare systems improvement. The practice-focused DNP degree is distinctly different from a Ph.D. or research doctoral degree program. The Annie Taylor Dee School of Nursing is responsive to national APRN academic and practice mandates recommendations and community workplace demands for leadership and access to primary care in our regional health care systems.

The DNP degree at WSU ensures optimally prepared nurse practitioners and nurse leaders who achieve the university’s dual mission; integrating access, learning, and community in the service of high-quality health care and favorable outcomes for regional patients, families, and communities.  Nationally, the DNP degree is replacing the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) for all APRNs as this terminal degree in the field becomes the requirement by 2025. The DNP degree is the preferred degree for advanced nursing practice for the provision of direct and indirect care (executive leadership, health policy, informatics, and population health).

Grade Requirements: To earn the DNP degree, candidates must successfully complete all DNP program courses with a grade of “B-” or higher and maintain an overall program GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Program Code: Nursing Practice (2060DNP) with Concentration/Emphasis in Family Nurse Practitioner (2062) or Leadership (2061).

CIPC: 513818


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Admission is competitive; therefore, the criteria listed on the application form should be considered as minimum standards.

Applicants must apply for admission to the DNP-FNP Nursing program. Applications may be obtained online on the Annie Taylor Dee School of Nursing website

Applications must be completed and on file by the admission cycle application deadline. An application fee must be paid at the time the application is submitted. Admission applications are reviewed by the Annie Taylor Dee School of Nursing Program Admissions and Advancement Committee. Applicants are notified of committee decision by email and via US postal mail. Admission requirements are outlined on the applicant website available at


The DNP-FNP Program is accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850

Atlanta, GA 30326

P. 404.975.5000

F. 404.975.5020

** The ACEN will conduct the initial accreditation visit Fall, 2020.


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