Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Online DNP FNP Program Track

Designed for actively practicing RNs

Online DNP FNP Program Track Best in Texas

Ranked #10 Best Nursing College

Online DNP FNP Program No GMAT

No GRE or MAT required

[em]Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)[/em]Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Provide Exemplary Care for Patients of All Ages as a DNP FNP

Baylor University’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP FNP online) track prepares actively practicing RNs to lead the delivery of primary care to patients across the lifespan. Graduates are prepared as exemplary leaders and transformative DNPs who can innovate, provide care to underserved populations, implement new treatment methods and improve patient outcomes for individuals, families and entire communities.

Clinical Placement Support 

At Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, we strongly believe in setting our students up for success. That's why we collaborate with our students to identify clinical sites and preceptors for all clinical rotations. Additionally, clinical placement sites may be potential locations for future employment opportunities upon graduation. If you already have a placement site or preceptor in mind, we encourage you to refer them to our placement team to secure. Get your DNP-FNP guide for more information.

 

Securing clinical placement sites and preceptors can be a challenging and tedious undertaking. It is not uncommon for students to contact 400+ sites before a preceptor agrees. That's why at Baylor, we collaborate with online nursing students on the heavy lifting to help identify clinical sites and preceptors for all clinical rotations. We'd much rather you focus on:

  • Coursework
  • Developing core competencies
  • Current personal and professional obligations
How Does This Benefit You?

Securing clinical placement sites and preceptors can be a challenging and tedious undertaking. It is not uncommon for students to contact 400+ sites before a preceptor agrees. That's why at Baylor, we collaborate with online nursing students on the heavy lifting to help identify clinical sites and preceptors for all clinical rotations. We'd much rather you focus on:

  • Coursework
  • Developing core competencies
  • Current personal and professional obligations
How Does the Clinical Placement Process Work?

Shortly after enrollment, you will be provided with a placement intake form you are required to complete that captures your competencies, experience and placement preferences. Baylor University will collaborate with you to identify a quality placement site and preceptor. While the placement team is securing sites and preceptors, you will be responsible for completing clinical clearance requirements in preparation for placement, including:

  • Drug screening
  • Background check
  • Recommended vaccinations

You will not be permitted to begin your placement rotations without your clearances complete. Once the sites have been approved by the School of Nursing, Baylor University will share the placement site details with you prior to placement.

What is the Placement Experience Like?

During the placement experience, you will have access to faculty and other resources to support you:

  • Faculty will be available to mentor and support you throughout the rotation with specific questions about procedures, patient interactions and general proficiencies.
  • At the end of the placement rotation, you and your preceptor will review requirements, complete surveys and officially end the placement rotation.
  • If you have multiple rotations, you will receive the next preceptor/site details.
What Can I Expect from My Preceptor?

Your preceptor is your on-site role model and will help you develop as a nurse during your clinical rotation. They will:

  • Bridge the gap between theory and actual practice
  • Orient you to the practice setting (key personnel, organization, and institutional policies)
  • Help you plan clinical assignments
  • Provide one-on-one supervision and daily feedback
  • Review and co-sign all documentation in the clinical records

Two entry options are available:

To learn more about the entry options, please get in touch with our Enrollment Advisors

Baylor

BSN to DNP

75 Credits
Just over 3 years to completion

View BSN-DNP admissions

Baylor

Post-Master's DNP

38-75 Credits
2 to 3 years to completion

View Post-Master's DNP admissions

BSN to DNP Admissions Requirements

  • BSN from a regionally accredited school of nursing
  • 3.0 GPA
  • One (1) year of full-time experience as a practicing professional nurse by the first day of class
  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • Complete an acceptable written personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation as follows: One must be from an immediate supervisor, one must be from a peer nurse, and one must be from an MSN, DNP or PhD prepared nurse
  • No GRE or MAT required

 

BSN to DNP Program Features

  • CCNE-accredited** and U.S. News & World Report ranked program
  • Main coursework is online with on-campus immersions throughout the program
  • Practicum requirement total: 1,125 hours
  • Courses are 15 weeks, with three terms per year
  • Students learn from nationally recognized faculty
  • Clinical placement support 
  • Total credits: 75

 

Post-Master's DNP Admissions Requirements

  • Master's degree with a major in nursing from an accredited school of nursing
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Verification of total clinical hours obtained for the Master's degree
  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • One (1) year of full-time experience as a practicing professional nurse by the first day of class
  • Verification of an unencumbered license to practice as an APRN
  • Current clinical practice within the last two years
  • Complete an acceptable written personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation, as follows: One must be from an immediate supervisor, one must be from a peer nurse and one must be from an MSN, DNP or PhD prepared nurse
  • No GRE or MAT required

 

Post-Master's DNP Program Features

  • CCNE-accredited** and U.S. News & World Report ranked program
  • Main coursework is online with on-campus immersions throughout the program
  • Practicum requirement total: 1,000 hours minimum, inclusive of masters hours
  • Courses are 15 weeks, with five to eight semesters
  • Students learn from nationally recognized faculty
  • Clinical placement support 
  • Total credits: 38-75

 

Am I Eligible for Baylor's Online DNP-FNP program?

  • Visit our FAQs Page for answers to questions regarding program eligibility.
  • Visit our State Authorization page for a list of states in which we accept applicants for the online BSN to DNP-FNP program.
Baylor Nursing By The Numbers
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90% of clinical placement sites provided to DNP students were within 125 miles of their home.

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100% certification pass rate for Family Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwifery graduates.

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Baylor University is ranked higher than 94% of Best Colleges in the Nation in 2021 - U.S. News and World Report .

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Baylor’s DNP program is ranked higher than 88% of the Best DNP Programs in Texas in 2021 - dnpprograms.com.

DNP FNP Curriculum At-A-Glance

The online DNP-FNP program track focuses on developing nurses as holistic caregivers through an advanced curriculum that includes an in-depth study of pathophysiology, assessment, informatics, pharmacology, healthcare policy and business, ethics, epidemiology and servant leadership. View sample courses below:

Important Dates

Next Application Deadline: March 28th, 2022

Next Start Date: May 2nd, 2022

NUR 5211: Servant Leadership

Graduate-level standing. Application of nursing leadership theories and models in the delivery of advanced practice nursing care to culturally diverse clients (individuals, families, organizations, and global society).

NURS 5316: Transforming Health Care Organizations and Changing Outcomes

This course examines key factors used to assess complex health care organizations. Identification of optimal outcomes and development and implementation strategies that improve patient care quality and safety will be examined.

NUR 5356: Family Healthcare Management II

Prepares the Family Nurse Practitioner to assume continued responsibility for evaluation and management of acute common and increasingly complex problems in primary care. A systematic approach to current evidence-based assessment, diagnostic testing, diagnosis, and management options is taught from a primary care perspective. Indications for collaboration, consultation, and/or referral to other health care providers are emphasized as an integral part of the nurse practitioner’s role.

Grow a Thriving Practice as a DNP FNP

Online DNP FNP Salary & Careers

There are many factors building momentum for change in nursing education at the graduate level; they include:

  • The rapid expansion of knowledge underlying practice
  • Increased complexity of patient care
  • National concerns about the quality of care and patient safety
  • Shortages of nursing personnel, which demands a higher level of preparation for leaders who can design and assess care
  • Shortages of doctorally prepared nursing faculty
  • Increasing educational requirements

The Doctor of Nursing Practice online program is designed as a direct response to these changes and represents the evolution of advanced practice nursing education. As graduates, Baylor DNP FNPs are firmly ahead of the changing standards for advanced practice nursing.

As a Baylor nurse and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP-FNP), graduates are truly prepared as holistic and autonomous advanced practice nurses.

  • They are able to innovate, think critically and create change as visionary and exemplary nursing leaders.
  • Upon successful completion of the course of study, graduates will be eligible to sit for national Family Nurse Practitioner certification examinations offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The program of study conforms to the education guidelines from the State of Texas and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).
  • They are thought leaders who are thoroughly prepared for functional leadership and independent practice in their area of specialty.
  • Students have the option to complete a DNP project abroad and participate in international research and missions with graduate faculty.

 

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