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2023-24 Catalog 
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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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 advanced nursing practice.

The DNP program of study has two emphases: including a post-BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) emphasis and post-Masters to DNP 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-FNP emphasis prepares nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for an advanced practice degree (APRN) who are eligible for national FNP certification upon successful graduation from the program.

The post-master’s to DNP leadership emphasis prepares nurses with a BSN and a master’s degree in one of the following areas (nursing, public health, business, or health administration) for translational science, healthcare transformation, and healthcare 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. By establishing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, the Annie Taylor Dee School of Nursing supports the national APRN practice mandates, leadership recommendations and community workplace demands for leadership and access to primary care in our regional health care systems.

The DNP graduate meets the university’s dual mission of; integrating access, learning, and community service by providing high-quality health care and favorable outcomes for regional patients, families, and communities upon graduation.

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 Executive Leadership (2091).

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 http://weber.edu/nursing.

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 http://weber.edu/nursing.


Effective July 7, 2020, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on July 1, 2022.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400

Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 975-5000


Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation