Prepare for Excellence with a Christian University Dedicated to Your Nursing Career Advancement
Are you passionate about making a difference in patient care worldwide through clinical excellence? Get excited about a rewarding career in wellness and prevention. Prepare to treat all kinds of conditions that cause suffering in family members from children to grandparents. At Liberty, we have the doctoral degree in nursing you’ll need to achieve your career aspirations!
Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Family Nurse Practitioner degree is designed to translate evidence-based research into practice. Our goal is to equip you to improve patient safety, as well as quality care, as you learn how to design a more effective healthcare environment. With our program, you will complete over 600 FNP practicum hours! Our degrees also meet the educational requirements that allow you to sit for national certification exams required for nurse practitioner state licensure.
At Liberty, we view nursing as a ministry. Whether you have a heart for medical missions and increasing global health awareness, or you are looking to work with families here in the states, we want to train you to be as effective as possible. Our dedicated Christian faculty are experts in the clinical and administrative fields of nursing. They are excited to impart their expertise while providing a model of biblical integrity in the healthcare field. Let us come alongside you and champion your career goals. It’s time to go further.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Why Choose Liberty’s DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Program?
Hands-On Training through our Simulation Center
Receive the best of the best in experiential learning with our Simulation Center. Our Center provides state of the art industry equipment right on campus. Engage in projects that mirror real-world problems with clinical applications, using robots for telehealthcare opportunities, and various skill labs for suturing, 12 lead ECG, and X-ray interpretation. Take your hands-on training to the next level with Liberty.
Academic Rigor + Faculty Mentorship = Student Success
You deserve to study your doctorate at a school that gives you confidence. With Liberty’s Family Nurse Practitioner DNP degree program, we strive to cultivate your trust by ensuring your professional nursing success. Our degrees are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). You can rest assured that your degree will be recognized across the nation for nursing excellence.
Learn from professors with years of life experience in the field. Our students complete a scholarly project based on the Iowa Model of Evidence Based Practice in order to improve outcomes and metric in healthcare settings across the board. As a student in our program, you will receive one-on-one mentorship by a faculty chair member throughout the process.
Study at Liberty to join with a student body that has so far succeeded in a 100% employment rate upon graduation. Additionally, our students have a 100% first-time pass rate on the FNP certification exam! If you are looking for a doctoral degree in advanced family practice nursing that takes you further, you’ve found it. We have the resources you need to succeed.
What Will You Learn in Our Family Nurse Practitioner DNP Program?
With Liberty’s DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner program, you will learn how to integrate nursing science, research, theory, and scholarship into advanced practice nursing. Our doctorate degree will equip you to create an effective healthcare environment that improves the quality of patient care, cost-effectiveness, and clinical outcomes.
Our DNP courses also train in the use of information systems and technology, so you have the ability to use these tools to support your decision-making and increase patient experience. By studying to become a family nurse practitioner, you will receive advanced knowledge in clinical prevention, population health, and policy through applied evidence and professional collaboration.
From infant and children’s health to women’s health, Liberty’s family nurse practitioner doctorate degree will help you meet the need of all members of the family unit. Develop a strong understanding of acute and chronic health issues and treatment methods.
View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information.
NURS 716 – Applications of Evidence-Based Care
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- The course is designed to support advanced practice nurses in the translation of nursing research to the use of research that will impact nursing practice.
- This course will serve as a touchstone for exploring the concept of Evidence-Based Care (EBC). Evidence-based practice models will be examined and contrasted.
- Students will have the opportunity to appraise current research in their practice interests which will support students in developing improved practice guidelines, design processes to examine and disseminate findings.
- The course emphasizes the evaluation of research in the discipline of nursing and its application to professional practice both at the individual, family and population levels.
- The assimilation of knowledge, comparison to established benchmarks and research outcomes serve as a foundation to plan and develop innovations that influence quality care across practice settings and disciplines.
NURS 721 – Leadership, Policy, and Ethics
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course will provide a study of principles and knowledge of organizational leadership and advanced communication abilities that support an improved quality of care delivery as well as improved outcomes.
- Consultative and leadership approaches that facilitate collaboration are explored.
- The advanced practice role of nursing as it pertains to policy development, championing change, and inspiring clinical innovation are examined.
- National and global policy issues are highlighted, with specific attention placed on the ethical aspects of health policy development.
NURS 733 – Women’s Health
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in clinical assessment, intervention, and management of women’s health in diverse populations across the lifespan.
- The integration of research and theory underpin clinical decision making, health promotion, and clinical prevention to support holistic client-focused care.
NURS 735 – Infant and Children’s Health
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in clinical assessment, intervention, and management of acute and chronic conditions seen in infants through early adulthood in primary care.
- The integration of research and theory underpin clinical decision making, health promotion, and clinical prevention to support holistic client/family centered care.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of genetic and genomic influences on infants and children’s health, and services including client/family education.
Highlights of Our DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner Program
- The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
- As a nonprofit, Christian university, we view nursing as a ministry. Our dedicated faculty are excited to share their expertise in the clinical and administrative field of nursing with students like you!
- Our curriculum is supported by our state-of-the-art Simulation Center and cutting edge industry equipment.
- Our program supports students completing Family Nurse Practitioner practicum hours, and we offer one-on-one support to complete your scholarly project with a faculty project chair.
- Our first-year graduates had a 100% employment rate upon graduation, and our first and second-year graduates had a 100% first-time pass rate on the FNP certification examination.
- Liberty’s doctoral nursing degrees meet the educational requirements for graduates to sit for the national certification examination, which is required for nurse practitioners to receive state licensure.
- Students complete over 600 FNP practicum hours and over 500 DNP practicum hours.
Family Nurse Practitioner DNP Degree Information
- The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
- Residential format
- 78 total hours
- Transfer up to 6 credits
- Program falls under the School of Nursing
- View the Degree Completion Plan
- Check out the course catalog
Career Opportunities for DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Graduates
Our DNP program will help you become a Family Nurse Practitioner in any of the following settings:
- Blended clinical and administrative
- Community (such as school, correctional facility, etc.)
- Doctor’s office
- Private practice
Admission Requirements for Doctoral Nursing Degrees
Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:*
- Admission application
- Official college transcripts showing either a BSN or MSN
- Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above in most recent nursing degree
Must have bachelor’s-level courses in statistics, research, and health assessment. A graduate-level biostatistics course is also required as a prerequisite to NURS 832, but this course may be completed after acceptance into the program.
- Two years of professional nursing experience
- Reference contact information for one academic, one professional, and one personal reference (submit through provided link)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Writing Sample
- Submit a copy of your American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers with AED card to firstname.lastname@example.org
Current, unencumbered RN license:
- Applicant must hold RN license in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please submit a copy of your license to email@example.com. (If a past sanction or disciplinary action exists on a professional license, the applicant may be contacted by the Nursing Admissions Review Committee for further explanation.)
- (If applicable) Advanced practice license and associated professional certification. Current, unencumbered APRN license issued in one of the fifty United States (if applicable). Please submit a copy of your license and certification to firstname.lastname@example.org. (If a past sanction or disciplinary action exists on a professional license, the applicant may be contacted by the Nursing Admissions Review Committee for further explanation.)
- (If applicable) Clinical APRN Education: advanced practice nurses are required to have the advanced practice core. Graduate transcripts must reflect that the applicants have successfully passed a graduate level health assessment, graduate level pathophysiology, and a graduate level pharmacology.
- Applicants are not required to have an advanced practice license or certification for the Post-BSN DNP/FNP pathway. However, if an applicant is currently licensed in another advanced practice nursing specialty (i.e. Clinical Nurse Specialist), applicants must submit APRN license and certification.
*If an applicant receives an acceptance offer, additional supplemental steps will be needed upon final acceptance to remain in the DNP program, such as background check, FBI fingerprinting, drug screen, and compliance package through CastleBranch.