Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Advanced Practice

It’ll prepare you to lead, and improve health care—from the clinic where you work to the policies that govern our system.  A Doctor of Nursing Practice: Advanced Practice will teach you to use research to design, test, implement and assess how we deliver healthcare. It’ll also place you on the leading edge of your field as a nurse practitioner, which is adopting the DNP as the one nurse practitioners must earn to practice.

Your Coursework, Project and Residency

At AU, we offer a flexible program catered to you, the working nurse. If you have an MSN, you can earn our 39-credit, Doctor of Nursing Practice: Advanced Practice in five semesters.

All classes are taught online, so you can learn anywhere. But you’ll still meet with your cohort and professors in person once per semester for intensive workdays, including simulation labs and seminars. You’ll also attend face-to-face sessions at the beginning of your first semester in the program.

In addition to the competitive price of our program, we keep the student-to-faculty ratio low so you'll get to know your professors. In addition to coursework, you’ll complete a scholarly project and a clinical residency. The evidence-based project may include a quality improvement (QI) focus, a policy change, or perhaps a protocol development for your facility. Your advisor will guide you in this process. Throughout your time in the program, you’ll develop this project, from the conceptual stages to research and investigation to implementation and dissemination of the results.

Clinical residencies are required for all Doctor of Nursing Practice students. Those who are already practicing nurse practitioners must complete 500 hours, while all others must complete 1,000 hours spread across the entire program. While it is your responsibility to find a clinical preceptor, AU works hard to establish relationships with clinical partners, to aid you in your search.

Christian Worldview

As a primary care provider, you have the opportunity to follow Christ’s example of service on an intense personal level. At AU, we want to come alongside you in this endeavor through our Christ-centered perspective on nursing and healthcare.

Throughout the program, our instructors will help you explore the intersection of faith and vocation. To that end, you will participate in a Faith and Learning Seminar, an on-campus one-credit course held for two days at the beginning of your first semester, and for two days mid-semester during your first four semesters. The seminar investigates topics such as Servant Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Christian Worldview, and Intelligent Design.

Your Future

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice: Advanced Practice program will prepare you to use research to create, manage, and assess health care interventions. It’ll also help you establish, implement, and test national practice policies as well as manage clinical trials.

As the medical field changes, the Doctor of Nursing Practice is quickly becoming the standard for nurse practitioners. In addition to the rewarding work you can accomplish as a primary care provider, compensation is excellent. Salaries typically range from $90,000 to $110,000.