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BSN to DNP, Family Nurse Practitioner

Furthering Family Care

Are you a practicing nurse looking to provide comprehensive primary healthcare to patients throughout their lifespan? The Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Family Practitioner track prepares you for advanced primary care practices from infancy to adulthood.

Contact Us

Lisa Young
Director of the Doctor of Nursing Program, Assistant Professor of Nursing
279, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6844
lyoung3@ashland.edu

Julie Lehrer, DNP, RN,
FNP Director, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
178, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6842
jlehrer@ashland.edu

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the graduate program, nurses are able to:

  • Implement nursing practice, including innovative approaches, based on scientific knowledge
  • Evaluate health care policy and systems
  • Plan for patient and family needs, anticipating their changing requirements, and ensuring patient comfort and safety in planning care
  • Engage in interprofessional collaboration to meet the health needs of client systems in varied health care delivery systems
  • Enhance the culture of safety in health systems through the application of information technologies
  • Generate nursing practice knowledge to stimulate research and improve clinical outcomes
  • Demonstrate professional values and ethical behavior in the advanced practice nursing role
  • Assume specialized roles in advanced clinical practice
  • Design culturally competent health services for vulnerable populations

Curriculum Guide

Ashland University’s online curriculum provides a strong scientific foundation for practicing in the current healthcare environment. It focuses on the following topics:

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Leadership Development
  • Practice Management
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Policy
  • Communication
  • Ethics & Advocacy

Core Requirements  

  • DNP Role and Interprofessionalism (NUR 9110)
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics (NUR 9520)
  • Research Methods and Evidence-Based
  • Practice (NUR 9530)
  • Healthcare Informatics (NUR 9540)
  • Healthcare Delivery, Quality and Safety (NUR 9550)
  • Health Policy and Advocacy (NUR 9560)
  • Principles of Practice Management (NUR 9570)
  • Interprofessional Seminar (NUR 9580)
  • Scholarly Project (NUR 9810, NUR 9820)
  • Residency (NUR 9830, NUR 9840)

Transfer Credit Policy

A maximum of nine (9) graduate level credits from an accredited college or university may be transferred toward completion of the requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Official transcripts certifying graduate level courses completed at another institution prior to admission to Ashland University should be submitted at the time of application and will be evaluated by the DNP program director for acceptability as transfer credit.

Transfer credit will only be accepted for courses in which a grade of B (3.0 on 4.0 scale) or higher has been received. Courses taken over 5 years prior to admission may not be accepted.

The student is responsible for initiating the request for transfer credit. For each course for which the student requests transfer credit, the student must:

  • Complete a Request for transfer credit form as part of the DNP Admissions application identifying the institution attended, course title, semester and year completed, and the number of credits for which transfer is requested.
  • Attach a copy of the transcript, which includes the grade received for the requested transfer credits, and a detailed course description/outline.
  • Submit these materials to the office of Graduate Admissions with the application. The request will be forwarded to the DNP Program Director.
  • Approval/disapproval of accepted transfer credits will be included in the admission letter to the applicant.
  • Approved transfer credits will be forwarded to the College of Nursing & Health Sciences Administrative Assistant for Graduate Programs for inclusion in the student file and processing with the Office of Records and Registration.

Contact Us

Lisa Young
Director of the Doctor of Nursing Program, Assistant Professor of Nursing
279, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6844
lyoung3@ashland.edu

Julie Lehrer, DNP, RN,
FNP Director, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
178, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6842
jlehrer@ashland.edu

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the graduate program, nurses are able to:

  • Implement nursing practice, including innovative approaches, based on scientific knowledge
  • Evaluate health care policy and systems
  • Plan for patient and family needs, anticipating their changing requirements, and ensuring patient comfort and safety in planning care
  • Engage in interprofessional collaboration to meet the health needs of client systems in varied health care delivery systems
  • Enhance the culture of safety in health systems through the application of information technologies
  • Generate nursing practice knowledge to stimulate research and improve clinical outcomes
  • Demonstrate professional values and ethical behavior in the advanced practice nursing role
  • Assume specialized roles in advanced clinical practice
  • Design culturally competent health services for vulnerable populations

Curriculum Guide

Ashland University’s online curriculum provides a strong scientific foundation for practicing in the current healthcare environment. It focuses on the following topics:

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Leadership Development
  • Practice Management
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Policy
  • Communication
  • Ethics & Advocacy

Core Requirements  

  • DNP Role and Interprofessionalism (NUR 9110)
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics (NUR 9520)
  • Research Methods and Evidence-Based
  • Practice (NUR 9530)
  • Healthcare Informatics (NUR 9540)
  • Healthcare Delivery, Quality and Safety (NUR 9550)
  • Health Policy and Advocacy (NUR 9560)
  • Principles of Practice Management (NUR 9570)
  • Interprofessional Seminar (NUR 9580)
  • Scholarly Project (NUR 9810, NUR 9820)
  • Residency (NUR 9830, NUR 9840)

Transfer Credit Policy

A maximum of nine (9) graduate level credits from an accredited college or university may be transferred toward completion of the requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Official transcripts certifying graduate level courses completed at another institution prior to admission to Ashland University should be submitted at the time of application and will be evaluated by the DNP program director for acceptability as transfer credit.

Transfer credit will only be accepted for courses in which a grade of B (3.0 on 4.0 scale) or higher has been received. Courses taken over 5 years prior to admission may not be accepted.

The student is responsible for initiating the request for transfer credit. For each course for which the student requests transfer credit, the student must:

  • Complete a Request for transfer credit form as part of the DNP Admissions application identifying the institution attended, course title, semester and year completed, and the number of credits for which transfer is requested.
  • Attach a copy of the transcript, which includes the grade received for the requested transfer credits, and a detailed course description/outline.
  • Submit these materials to the office of Graduate Admissions with the application. The request will be forwarded to the DNP Program Director.
  • Approval/disapproval of accepted transfer credits will be included in the admission letter to the applicant.
  • Approved transfer credits will be forwarded to the College of Nursing & Health Sciences Administrative Assistant for Graduate Programs for inclusion in the student file and processing with the Office of Records and Registration.

What to Expect in the Family Nurse Practitioner Track

The primary goal of our Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty track is to prepare you for advanced practice nursing in a variety of clinical settings ranging from private practices, clinics, hospitals, and businesses to managed care organizations and governmental agencies.

You will learn how to manage the healthcare of individuals and families by:

  • Providing preventative and primary care
  • Promoting health and well being
  • Helping patients manage chronic conditions

Family Nurse Practitioner Track Benefits

This program is offered in an accessible online format with flexible scheduling to meet the needs of the working professional. Other program benefits include:

  • Earn your degree in twelve semesters, or as little as four years
  • The BSN to DNP program consists of 77 credits hours 
  • Enjoy flexibility with access to online coursework 24/7
  • Collaborate with peers and faculty online
  • Complete your practice residency at area hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities
  • 21 Credit Hours Advanced Practice Nursing Courses
  • 22 Credit Hours Primary Care Coursework

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