Online Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Leader and Patient Advocate
Strong leadership is needed to effect change. Marymount’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner program will equip you to be a values-based nurse leader who offers compassionate care and improves patient outcomes.
Marymount’s DNP-FNP curriculum is focused on ethical, servant leadership and has a strong mission, vision and values rooted in the Catholic tradition to build your knowledge of holistic care. Get the clinical experience, evidence-informed knowledge and health policy awareness you need to become an expert family nurse practitioner.
Why Get a DNP Instead of an MSN?
The role of the nurse practitioner continues to evolve with one key initiative: education. Much like the push to get 80% of nurses to a BSN-level education by 2020, the latest recommendation from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) is to make the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) the entry level degree for nurse practitioners by 2025.
Compared to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, the DNP allows you to play a larger role in patient care, leadership and quality improvement. As the highest level of education available in the nursing field, the DNP is the ideal option for nurses who aspire to leadership roles.
Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate
At Marymount, our health care policy roots go deep with a connection to the State Capitol in Richmond and across the river on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Your voice will be heard as you demonstrate leadership in health policy advocacy at the local, state and federal level.
Follow Your Purpose-Driven Career Path
The DNP is the ideal route for the practitioner seeking to treat patients throughout the lifespan with thorough patient-centered quality care backed by evidence-informed research. As a DNP-prepared family nurse practitioner, you will be equipped to provide the best patient care across multiple populations in a complex, ever-changing environment.
Marymount’s program will teach you to:
- Evaluate clinical outcomes.
- Effectively lead health systems changes to improve patient outcomes.
- Produce a scholarly project that contributes to quality improvements.
- Analyze practice and policy issues.
- Integrate professional and ethical standards.
- Influence healthcare policy development and regulation.