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Nursing: DNP

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USF Advanced Nursing Degrees Pave the Way to Success

Why earn a graduate nursing degree at USF?

Opportunities at the University of Saint Francis abound for students seeking graduate nursing degrees, including the pursuit of a Nurse Practitioner career with a population-focus in either Family, Psychiatric-Mental Health, or Adult-Gerontology Acute Care. In addition to the DNP Nurse Practitioner tracks, students can seek their MSN or DNP in personalized focus areas by utilizing our interdisciplinary education to create a tailored concentration; examples include administration, business, education and leadership. Students can enter their graduate studies from MSN, BSN and ASN starting points. In total, we offer 14 different tracks through graduate nursing, ensuring there’s a right fit for every student’s specific educational and career goals.

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Career Outlook & Success

14

Program tracks to choose from

$106,380

median annual salary for nurse practitioners in Indiana (BLS.gov, 2019)

52%

growth rate predicted for nurse practitioners through 2029 (BLS.gov)

Why USF for Your Graduate Nursing degree?

The wide range of graduate nursing tracks sets USF apart—and ensures students’ needs and goals are put first. Our ongoing relationships with local and regional healthcare facilities and providers ensure the connections necessary to find the opportunities students want to pursue.

Students earning graduate nursing degrees benefit from USF’s:

  • Strong reputation for producing compassionate, caring nurses and nurse practitioners
  • Experienced, connected faculty
  • Attention to the time demands and constraints of students

A USF education goes beyond analytical skills and technical know-how.

Our advanced nursing education embraces and reinforces the Franciscan values. Our curriculum develops nurse leaders dedicated to the reverence for each person’s unique dignity, service to one another, society, and the Church, and respect for all creation. The Nursing Code of Ethics mimics much of our Franciscan values, calling all nurses to treat patients with compassion, respect and dignity. USF graduates carry and live this message within and outside of our healthcare system.

Upon completing the DNP degree, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate Franciscan principles and holistic, evidenced-based nursing care into advanced practice nursing appropriate to area of specialization.
  • Synthesize current and emerging science and theories from nursing and other disciplines in the application and evaluation of advanced nursing practice to benefit individuals across the lifespan, aggregates, communities, and health care systems.
  • Serve in an advanced leadership role to transform nursing practice in complex systems considering cultural, political, organizational, and economic implications.
  • Improve patient and population health outcomes by cultivating interprofessional networks that support mentorship, knowledge development, shared decision-making, and professional growth.
  • Analyze health policy initiatives that improve cost-effective healthcare delivery, advocate for vulnerable patient populations, and promote nursing practice.
  • Utilize information and technology to manage knowledge, mitigate error, collaborate with interdisciplinary teams, and improve patient and population health outcomes local to global.
  • Promote the translation of research in nursing practice through continuous scholarship and disseminate research evidence that improves health outcomes in a variety of populations, clinical settings, and systems.

USF’s 14 Nursing Tracks

BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

  • BSN-DNP FNP track: Family Nurse Practitioner track transitions our existing MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program to a DNP entry-to-practice, as is the standard across the nation and in line with professional recommendations.
  • BSN-DNP PMHNP track: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track is a new track in our DNP program to meet the occupational need within our community for mental health care. It utilizes shared Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) and DNP core courses with the Family Nurse Practitioner track.
  • BSN-DNP AGACNP track: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track is a new track in our DNP program to meet the occupational need within our community for acute care. It utilizes shared APRN and DNP core courses with the Family Nurse Practitioner track.
  • BSN-DNP track: This track will be for those students interested in obtaining DNP education in a non-APRN role. This BSN-DNP provides alternative concentration areas, such as leadership, healthcare administration, business, and education.

ASN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

  • ASN-DNP FNP track: This graduate nursing transition provides a sequence of courses for students who have an ASN degree and are seeking a graduate nursing degree. This allows students to complete core concepts in BSN-level education before moving into graduate education that mimics the BSN-DNP FNP track.
  • ASN-DNP PMHNP track: This graduate nursing transition provides a sequence of courses for students who have an ASN degree and are seeking a graduate nursing degree. This allows students to complete core concepts in BSN-level education before moving into graduate education that mimics the BSN-DNP PMHNP track.
  • ASN-DNP AGACNP track: This graduate nursing transition provides a sequence of courses for students who have an ASN degree and are seeking a graduate nursing degree. This allows students to complete core concepts in BSN-level education before moving into graduate education that mimics the BSN-DNP AGACNP track.
  • ASN-DNP track: This graduate nursing transition provides a sequence of courses for students who have an ASN degree and are seeking a graduate nursing degree. This will transition our current RN-MSN transition coursework and allows students to complete core concepts in BSN-level education before moving into graduate education that mimics the BSN-DNP track.

Post-Graduate Certificates

  • Post-Graduate Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) option for those who already have a graduate nursing degree and are seeking to gain the additional education needed to sit for board certification as a FNP.
  • Post-Graduate Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) is an option for those who already have a graduate nursing degree and are seeking to gain the additional education needed to sit for board certification as a PMHNP.
  • Post-Graduate Certificate as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) is an option for those who already have a graduate nursing degree and are seeking to gain the additional education needed to sit for board certification as a AGACNP.

MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

  • MSN-DNP is for nurses with an MSN degree who want to further their education to a DNP. These courses serve as the core DNP curriculum for all the above DNP tracks.

ASN to MSN and BSN to MSN

  • ASN to MSN and BSN to MSN tracks are for nurses seeking their MSN in a non-APRN role; students select an alternative concentration, such as leadership, healthcare administration, business, or education. It mirrors the early courses of the BSN-DNP program, allowing students to make it a smooth transition into their DNP education if they decide to continue.
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Hands-On Learning Experiences

As a graduate nursing student, you will benefit from USF’s strong history in nursing education. Utilizing many modalities of teaching and learning, students will have hands-on experience with patients in clinical settings, as well as on-ground simulations and standardized patient visits. Our small classroom environment gives a personal experience with the flexibility of virtual education, as well. Expert faculty have diverse experiences within the healthcare system, which opens the door for networking and career opportunities.

Faculty & Facilities

As a USF nursing student, you will take courses from professors and instructors with wide-ranging scholarly interests and professional experiences. Our faculty are still in practice as nurses and nurse practitioners in areas such as telehealth, inpatient hospitals, retail health, family practice, psychiatric mental health, community and public health, research, policy, and more.

Campus and Community Involvement

USF has more than 40 student clubs and organizations, which not only offer social opportunities, but also hosts other networking and educational events. This includes an active Graduate Student Nurses Association that holds events like Lunch & Learns, Wine & Wisdom, and a White Coat Ceremony.

What You Can Do with a Graduate Nursing degree?

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • Hospital leadership
  • Hospital administration
  • Non-profit administration
  • Nursing preceptor
  • Adjunct nursing faculty
  • Full-time nurse educator
  • Healthcare policy and legislation

Where You’ll Find Our Graduates

You will find USF financial services graduates starting and advancing their careers at healthcare facilities throughout the country.

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