Doctor Of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner
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Up to 6 credit hours of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
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Jan 13, 2020

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.

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 telehealth care 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.

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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.

Featured Courses

NURS 716 – Applications of Evidence-Based Care

NURS 721 – Leadership, Policy, and Ethics

NURS 733 – Women’s Health

NURS 735 – Infant and Children’s Health

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Highlights of Our DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner Program

  • Our nursing degrees are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • 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

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:

  • Academic
  • Blended clinical and administrative
  • Clinical
  • Community (such as school, correctional facility, etc.)
  • Doctor’s office
  • Hospital
  • 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
  • Prerequisites include the following courses: undergraduate statistics, undergraduate research methods, undergraduate/graduate health assessment
  • 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

Current, unencumbered RN license:

  • Applicant must hold RN license in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please submit a copy of your license to (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 (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.