Family Nurse Practitioner (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal degree in nursing that prepares Registered Nurses (RNs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to practice at the highest level of the profession. The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track of the DNP program prepares registered nurses for advanced clinical practice and leadership roles. The FNP provides direct patient care to families and individuals across the lifespan in a broad array of practice settings. This track prepares students to meet the educational eligibility requirements to take a national certification examination through American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). In the FNP track, students obtain 700 clinical hours composed of simulation and direct patient care.

Potential Careers

Graduates of the FNP track are academically qualified to meet the eligibility requirements to take the Family Nurse Practitioner Examination sponsored by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPBC) and/or the Family Nurse Practitioner Examination sponsored by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Family Nurse Practitioners also are licensed by the states in which they practice and are subject to the rules and regulations of that state’s practice act.

Median Annual Salary

The salary range is as varied as the opportunities.

Additional Facts

JSU offers distance/online educational programs/tracks; to facilitate a positive learning experience for our students. To achieve this goal, some on campus requirements may be required. On campus events may include, but are not limited to, orientation to programs/tracks, on site simulated learning experiences, and dissemination of scholarly projects.

Departmental Information

Online Program Contact

Graduate Studies
(800) 231-5291 or
(256) 782-5348