Doctor of Nursing Practice - BSN to DNP

If you’re a baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse who wants to continue to advance your career, the NDSU Doctor of Nursing Practice degree prepares you to provide advanced nursing care as a family nurse practitioner.

This program is available at both Fargo and Bismarck sites. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, a clinical doctorate, is offered in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty.

The program includes advanced nursing courses, support courses, clinical practica and clinical disquisition. 

The DNP program at NDSU is a practice-focused doctoral program in nursing. The DNP program emphasizes evidenced-based approaches to healthcare using strategic problem-solving skills.

The changing demands of the nation’s complex health environment requires the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure high quality patient outcomes. 

Guidelines provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) are utilized in the curriculum. The graduate nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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. 

DNP Program Outcomes

The curriculum of the North Dakota State University Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares graduates to:

  • Demonstrate clinically expert practice in prevention and intervention that leads to improving the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations.  (E1, E4, E7, and E8).
  • Evaluate outcomes of practice and incorporate best evidence in quality improvement methodologies.  (E3).
  • Translate knowledge from nursing science, ethics, social, biological, and other sciences to benefit practice effectiveness and the health of individuals, families, communities, organizations, and populations. (E1).
  • Design, manage, and evaluate organizational systems to improve delivery of quality health care.  (E2).
  • Use technology (information and patient care) to enhance nursing practice for improvement of quality and efficiency of care.  (E4).
  • Collaborate with other health disciplines and with makers of policy (public and institutional) to create and implement policy and practices that promote accessibility to healthcare and work toward elimination of health disparities.  (E5, E6, and E8).
Professional Guidelines for DNP

The outcomes of the doctor of nursing practice program in nursing are derived from the mission, vision and core values of the school 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
Role of FNP

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.
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