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The outcomes of the doctor of nursing practice program in nursing are derived from the mission, vision and core values of the department of nursing and the following professional guidelines:

  • The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (AACN, 2006)
  • Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs
  • The Code of Ethics with Interpretive Statements (American Nurses Association, 2001)
  • Scope and Standards of Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (1996)
  • The North Dakota Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations



The Family Nurse Practitioner:

  • Obtains medical histories and performs physical examinations
  • Diagnoses and treats acute health problems such as infections and injuries
  • Diagnoses, treats, and monitors chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Orders, performs, and interprets diagnostic studies such as lab work and x-rays
  • Prescribes medications and other treatments
  • Provides prenatal care and family planning services
  • Provides well-child care, including screening and immunizations
  • Provides health maintenance care for adults, including annual physicals
  • Promotes positive health behaviors and self-care skills through education and counseling
  • Collaborates with physicians and other health professionals as needed



Each student is assigned an advisor on admission to the program. The graduate student is responsible for initiating each step in progression toward the degree.  At the point of submission of the degree plan to the graduate office, the chair of the supervisory committee becomes the advisor. This may or may not be the same faculty member who was assigned as advisor for the student on admission to the nursing program. The student should notify the graduate nursing program academic assistant if there is a change in advisor. The academic assistant will then notify the Graduate Office and the previous advisor.



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Last Updated: Friday, October 12, 2012 1:40:42 PM