Family Nurse Practitioner DNP

The DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner option prepares registered nurses for leadership in primary care settings for treating families and individuals of all ages. This option offers didactic and clinical experiences that prepare you to deliver high-quality, patient-centered primary care.

We recommend that you have some clinical experience before starting this program option, but it is not required. Due to the rigorous nature of this program option and the clinical hours required, we strongly recommend that you not work full-time while pursuing this degree.

Program Outcomes

  • Integrate findings from the sciences that provide the foundation for nursing practice.
  • Apply leadership and systematic thinking to ensure accountability for the quality of health, health care and patient safety for populations through the application of ethical, organizational, political and economic sciences.
  • Synthesize, translate, implement, evaluate and disseminate research findings and best evidence to incorporate into advanced nursing practice.
  • Critically appraise information systems, data analytics, and technology to evaluate and monitor patient and population outcomes and care systems to improve the quality and safety of care.
  • Formulate and evaluate health care policy to advocate for accessible, equitable and ethical health care for patients and populations.
  • Convene and lead collaborative, interprofessional teams to enhance patient and/or population health outcomes and care delivery models.
  • Design initiatives to prevent disease and promote the health of diverse populations.
  • Provide leadership in advanced nursing practice by incorporating evidence-based guidelines and innovative care models to influence individual population and organizational outcomes.

Who Should Apply

If you’re already working as a nurse and are interested in advancing your education to provide care for children and adults of all ages, you should consider our DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner program.

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About the Program

Complete applications that are submitted by the priority deadline will be reviewed first. Applications do not have to be verified by the priority deadline, only completed and submitted. Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected]

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A completed application includes the following components:

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Preferred scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Active and unencumbered nursing licensure



  1. GW Nursing is subject to state authorization requirements in order to offer an approved nursing curriculum. View available states.


The DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner (Post-BSN) consists of 81 credit hours and 1000 clinical hours. Questions about program requirements should be directed to the program director, Carol Braungart.


Programs of Study

DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner program of study (full-time)

DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner program of study (part-time)



For full listing of courses and descriptions, please visit the University Bulletin.


On-Campus Requirements

New Student Orientation

This mandatory virtual orientation, held in the summer, gives you the opportunity to connect with your faculty and fellow students, consult with advisers and prepare for your program.

Project Preparation

Between your first and second year, we host a virtual program designed to prepare you for your clinical research project.

Campus Learning and Skills Intensive (CLASI)

You will come to campus during the semester in which you are enrolled in NURS 6222: Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning to participate in CLASI, which prepares you to perform a complete history and physical examination.

Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

Near the end of your final clinical course, you will return to campus to work through a series of exams. Using standardized patients in faculty-constructed case scenarios, you are afforded a safe learning environment to demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning. Following OSCEs, you will be required to complete a final skills assessment.

Final Skills Assessment

All nurse practitioner students are required to complete a final skills assessment, which is two days before graduation, so you can participate in graduation ceremonies on the same trip. This skills assessment includes testing with standardized patients, a comprehensive exam and sessions on special clinical skills.

Project Presentation

At the end of your third year (prior to graduation) you will present your work in an open forum to the faculty and your peers.


Technology Requirements

Beginning fall 2018, each student admitted to the DNP program is expected to own and have ready access to a laptop or tablet with basic productivity software for classroom use.

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You must record a minimum of 1000 practice hours with an approved preceptor. Practice hours are a combination of direct care and indirect care. Specific requirements vary with each advanced nursing practice track.

Students are encouraged to find their own preceptor, but we can provide information on local clinical sites if needed.  A faculty member may conduct a site visit during your academic program progression.


Required Documentation

  • Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate
  • Current advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) certificate
  • Immunization records including vaccination or immunity to hepatitis B; measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); varicella; diphtheria; polio and tetanus
  • Documentation of negative test results for tuberculosis (purified protein derivative (PPD) and/or chest x-ray)


Questions about clinical placement requirements should be directed to [email protected].

Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted, and is listed under “School of Nursing” by the university’s Student Accounts Office. Rates vary by program and are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at GW Nursing.