BSN-DNP Option

The BSN-DNP Option, which comprises six specialties (see below), can be completed in three years of full-time study. See individual full time plans by specialty below. See part-time plans of study (5 year) and also a modified 4-year plan of study for direct care providers. The Executive Leadership in Health Care option has unique full- and part-time plans with specialty information below. 

DNP nursing courses are offered in a hybrid immersion format and require attendance on the Lexington campus up to six days each semester (up to three days at start of term and up to 3 days at end of term).

DEADLINES

The DNP application opens September 15 and closes January 15 for Fall (August) enrollment.  The DNP program does not admit a spring class.  Details can be found on the DNP Admissions page. 

SPECIALTIES

 

1) Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioners focus on assessment, diagnosis and management of acute health problems. Graduates are prepared to care for acutely and critically ill adults. As members of a multidisciplinary health care team, practitioners work in intensive care, progressive care, other hospital units, specialty clinics and specialty physicians’ offices. Download sample curriculum here (pdf)

Graduates of this specialty will be eligible to sit for the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner exam with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

 

2) Family Nurse Practitioner

Family nurse practitioners provide primary care to patients of all ages and will become experts at diagnosing and treating common health problems, promoting wellness and helping patients learn effective self-care. They work in a variety of settings, including clinics, physician offices, urgent care and community health settings. Download sample curriculum here (pdf)

Graduates of the Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty will be eligible to sit for the Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification Board.
 

3) Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

A pediatric acute care nurse practitioner specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and management of acute health problems for infants, children and adolescents. Graduates are prepared to care for acutely and critically ill children and adolescents. As members of a multidisciplinary health care team, practitioners work in intensive care, progressive care, other hospital units, specialty clinics and specialty physicians’ offices. Download sample curriculum here (pdf)

Graduates of the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty will be eligible to sit for the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).
 

4) Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

A primary care pediatric nurse practitioner specializes in health promotion and prevention/management of common acute illnesses and chronic conditions affecting children from birth through young adulthood.  The primary care pediatric nurse practitioner practices in a range of primary care settings utilizing their in-depth knowledge and experience in meeting the specialized physiologic and psychological needs of children within the context of the child's family, community, and environment. Download sample curriculum here (pdf)

Graduates of the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty will be eligible to sit for the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).
 

5) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) provide mental health care services across the lifespan. They utilize theoretical and clinical knowledge, competencies and experience to provide continuous and comprehensive mental health care to individuals, families and groups with complex psychiatric-mental health problems. This includes assessment, diagnosis and treatment across the continuum of care which may include in-patient facilities, out-patient clinics, home health, schools and correctional facilities. The care provided is holistic in nature and takes into consideration the strengths and opportunities of the individual, family, group, and community. The PMHNP uses both psychopharmacological interventions and nonpharmacological interventions, such as psychotherapy, in the care of the client.  In addition, PMHNPs work in nursing education, case management, consultation service, healthcare administration, and nursing research.  Download sample curriculum here (pdf)

Graduates of the PMHNP specialty will have the educational preparation to make application to sit for the PMHNP certification examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 
 

6) Executive Leadership in Health Care

The Executive Leadership (EL) program is practice based and prepares nursing leaders for multidimensional responsibilities in nursing practice and healthcare delivery. The curriculum emphasizes strategic leadership, organizational/systems, evidence-based management, financial, quality/safety, and information management expertise, and strategies for making health care policy impacts. Graduates will identify actual and emerging problems and will design aggregate-level health interventions. Students will take a series of leadership courses that will prepare them to be effective leaders in complex organizations/settings and to respond to the challenges of healthcare today. Competencies outlined in the American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) Nurse Executive Competencies, the AONL Population Health Competencies, the American Nursing Credentialing Center Nursing Executive Certification domains of practice, and the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice are addressed in the program. 

Download the sample full-time curriculum here (pdf) and the sample part-time curriculum here (pdf).

Graduates of the Executive Leadership specialty may be eligible to sit for the Nurse Executive - Advanced certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Certified in Executive Nursing Practice exam with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).  Eligibility for certification also requires meeting practice requirements for the respective agency.


Course descriptions are available in the University Registrar’s Bulletin.