2018-2019 Catalog 
    Nov 20, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN/RN), DNP

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares Registered Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master’s degree for various roles in health care leadership.

Students of the program are equipped to design models of health care delivery, evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage the health care needs of diverse populations, and use technology and information to transform the field.

Students also are trained to practice as family nurse practitioners (FNP). FNPs are prepared to provide patient care in a variety of settings, including: community agencies, homes, hospitals, industry, offices, private practices, public and private clinics, and schools. FNPs act both independently and in partnership with other health care professionals, and are focused on health promotion and disease prevention. They are trained to conduct comprehensive health assessments, diagnose and manage acute illnesses (with appropriate referral), and manage chronic conditions.

The FNP program at USF is a post-graduate program. Students complete much of their core DNP courses prior to starting their NP core and FNP role courses. Curriculum plans include options for baccalaureate (BSN-DNP FNP) or master’s-prepared nurses (MSN-DNP FNP). Course schedules are designed for both full and part-time students and are responsive to the needs of the working nurse professional. This program is delivered as hybrid format (some in-person and online coursework). Classes are held at the Hilltop campus in San Francisco on Teaching Weekends (Friday-Saturday) twice a month, plus practica hours.



BSN-prepared students have the option to complete a concurrent master’s degree in Nursing (MSN) or Public Health (MPH). Courses for the master’s degree are completed during the first two (2) years of the program. The MSBH is an all in-person program. Courses meet at the Hilltop campus in San Francisco up to two (2) times per week. The MSN courses are completed online. The MPH program can be completed in-person or online.

USF also offers a post-graduate APRN certificate program for the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at the University of San Francisco, School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The DNP FNP program is included in the accreditation of the DNP degree program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Graduates meet the outcome competencies and practice standards of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for the DNP. In the program, students complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice, complete the DNP qualifying examination and complete an evidence-based practice project.


USF is accepting applications for enrollment into online degree programs from residents in the following states: Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. Please check www.usfca.edu/state-auth for specific programs offered in these states.


Program Learning Outcomes

In addition to the DNP Program Outcomes , upon completion of the FNP program the graduate will be able to:

  1. Function as a licensed and nationally certified family nurse practitioner capable of providing the full spectrum of primary care services for individuals and families across the lifespan.
  2. Critically analyze and integrate knowledge from the humanities and sciences to improve the delivery of quality, patient-centered, primary care services for diverse populations.
  3. Apply knowledge of complex systems to assume an inter-professional leadership role in the development, implementation, and evaluation of primary care services for diverse populations.

Major Requirements (75 Units)

Complete a minimum of 75 units of Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN/RN) courses (600:7999). See adviser for course selection.

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