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100% Online Coursework
Main coursework is online with on-campus immersions & hands-on skill development during the program
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Baylor landed in the top 10% by U.S. News & World Report for Best DNP Nursing Schools
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Ongoing Demand
The job outlook for nurse practitioners, midwives & anesthetists is 40% through 2031*—much faster than average

Serve Individuals, Families & Communities

Baylor’s online DNP-FNP program prepares graduates to provide exemplary care to patients of all ages. As an FNP, you’ll help bridge gaps in primary care where needed most, including providing care to underserved populations, implementing new treatment methods, and advocating for positive change in nursing.

 Online DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner Fast Facts

The requirements to apply for the online BSN-DNP FNP program are:

  • BSN from a regionally accredited school of nursing
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Courses taken pass/fail will not be eligible for admission
  • 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

The requirements to apply for the online Post Master's DNP program are:

  • Verification of an unencumbered license to practice as an APRN
  • Master's degree with a major in nursing
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 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
  • Verification of total clinical hours obtained for the Master's degree
  • Complete a written personal statement
  • Current clinical practice within the last two years
  • Successful completion of graduate-level statistics course with a grade of B or better (must be completed prior to matriculation into the program)

 Why Nurses Choose Baylor

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EXPERT FACULTY
Our faculty are award-winning experts in their specialties, providing exceptional instruction & guidance.

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1:1 SUPPORT
Our dedicated advisors offer personalized support for students' growth & success.

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ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Baylor University, a renowned research institution, is ranked among the top graduate schools for DNP programs.

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OPTIMAL PATHWAY
Our online DNP program offers 6 clinical tracks for nurses to excel & pursue their ideal careers.

Do I Qualify?

See below for a list of states in which we accept applicants for the online DNP-FNP program:

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
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 DNP FNP Curriculum At-A-Glance

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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. 

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).

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.

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.

Clinical Placement Support

Clinical placement is a required educational component of Baylor’s online nursing programs. The hands-on learning, supervision and applying theory into practice prepare you for your future role in the field. Many students also find potential employment opportunities at their placement site upon graduation.

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How Does This Benefit You?

At Baylor, we believe you are only as successful as your training—that’s why we collaborate with our students to identify and secure sites and preceptors for all clinical rotations. Our staff will sort through the logistics of clinical placement so you can focus more on coursework and building competencies as a nurse.

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How Does the Clinical Placement Process Work?

As a newly enrolled student, you’ll partner with our clinical team to determine unique placement needs. We’ll collaborate with you to identify placement opportunities, including locating and securing a quality site and preceptor during your program. You’ll be responsible for several preparation tasks, including filling out forms, passing a drug screening, background check and proof of recommended vaccinations.

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What is the Placement Experience Like?

During your placement experience, you’ll have access to faculty and resources to support you on and off-site, including mentorship and guidance for procedures, patient interactions and proficiencies. At the end of your rotation, you and your preceptor will review requirements and complete any surveys. You may receive new details for your next clinical experience if you have multiple rotations.

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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 focus on helping you bridge gaps between theory and practice, orientate you to the practice setting, help you plan clinical assignments, provide 1:1 supervision, give daily feedback and complete required paperwork on your behalf.

 Testimonials

I knew Baylor was the right fit for me because they are holistically training providers in leadership, policy change, and preparing them for the entire role.

Rachel Berry (Carmichael) | DNP-FNP

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Nursing student in the online DNP program at Baylor University Online
Dr. Spies reached out to me to do some graduate research assistant work for her. And that was exciting for me because it's something I was definitely interested in.

Lucinda Bush | DNP-FNP

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I chose Baylor for my DNP-FNP degree because the university has an exceptional academic reputation, which captured my interest.

Saidara Eribo | DNP-FNP

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 Baylor Nursing By The Numbers

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100% certification pass rate for FNP 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.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Baylor University's Online DNP-FNP program

Students typically complete the DNP program in the following timeframe. Please note that actual length to program completion will vary depending on the student's background and selected track.

  • BSN holders typically complete our DNP program in three (3) years and four (4) months, skipping the Master’s degree program entirely
  • MSN holders typically complete our DNP program in 18 to 24 months

The following practitioner degree disciplines may be eligible to transfer to the online DNP programs:

  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

If your MSN degree is in any of the following disciplines, you may need to participate in our full program. Please speak with an Enrollment Advisor for more information.

  • MSN-Nurse Educator
  • MSN-Clinical Leadership
  • MSN-Informatics
  • MSN-Leadership
  • MSN-Administration

A Doctor of Nursing Practice is the optimal pathway for registered nurses who are seeking preparation at the highest level of nursing practice. As a terminal degree, a DNP degree is the highest level of education in the field and represents the most advanced nursing degree available. There is no further opportunity for educational advancement within this profession. Graduates of Baylor’s online DNP program are prepared as exemplary nursing leaders and visionary nurses who can actively shape and improve patient outcomes, policy, processes and the future of nursing.

DNPs earn a higher average salary than an MSN (on average) and have more overall options for career goals. Many DNP graduates enter into positions with more responsibility to care for both individual and population health needs as nursing team leads and other expanded roles. The career outlook for DNPs is anticipated to be very strong as the AACN is advocating to require a DNP for all APRN roles by the year 2025.

You must have completed your MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certification. Additional documents or experience may be required - download your course guide to learn more.

Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing understands the needs and challenges of busy RNs. Our online coursework allows you to balance your career with your other commitments.

 DNP vs. MSN?

The DNP is a terminal degree that prepares nurses for leadership, given the constantly changing demands of the U.S. healthcare system. Currently, steps are being taken to transition the DNP degree as the standard for entry-level advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). While the profession is not yet there, earning your DNP helps future-proof your career as a qualified nurse leader.

According to AANC, nurses desiring an APRN education with the choice between a doctoral or master's level preparation would find it far more cost-effective to spend additional time towards their DNP and be prepared for future practice.

"Job opportunities are far greater, and it provides you with the knowledge and expertise to have a seat at the board table," according to Angela Renee Stewart, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP, TTS, Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor University, Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

 The Baylor University Online Experience

Find out why Baylor University’s Online DNP degree program is the best choice for registered nurses seeking preparation at the highest level of nursing practice.

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Featured in U.S. News & World Report for the 2023-2024 Best Nursing Schools.

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#1 Nursing College in Texas


Nursingprocess.org ranked Baylor as the #1 Best Nursing School in Texas.

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We rigorously adhere to the accreditation standards established by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)**.

We think you will find our school unlike any other in that we truly do consider ourselves as called to prepare nurses through the integration of faith and excellent academics.

**The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Baylor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The DNP program of study conforms to the educational guidelines for the state of Texas and the National Task Force Criteria for Nurse Practitioner Programs.

 

Online DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner Program Outcomes

The Online DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner program outcomes are designed to meet the standards of professional organizations such as the American Organization of Nurse Leadership (AONL), American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), etc.

  • Essential I: Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
  • Essential III: Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Essential II: Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking
  • Essential IV: Information Systems/ Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care
  • Essential V: Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
  • Essential VI: Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
  • Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health
  • Essential VIII: Advanced Nursing Practice 

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).

Essential I and III

Synthesize scientific evidence and methods to design, direct, and evaluate strategies to promote effective Patient-Centered care.

Essential II

Incorporate leadership skills and interprofessional team-building strategies to improve quality metrics within health care systems, organizations, and diverse practice settings.

Essential IV

Employ information systems and technology in the delivery of transformative health care.

Essential V

Advocate for evidence-based health policy to improve local, national, and/ or global patient and health population outcomes.

Essential VI

Utilize effective interprofessional communication and collaborative skills to facilitate improvement in population health.

Essential VII and VIII

Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and systems thinking in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care for clinical prevention and population health.

Focus on Your Future

A dedicated Enrollment Advisor can answer your questions and guide you through the application process. Begin by filling out a form and starting the conversation.

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