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Master's to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner

These requirements are for students meeting the 2023-2024 catalog and after. Please note that this program of study can be individualized. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the graduate nursing.

Required Coursework

Coursework is delivered online and includes a field-based practicum. 69 total credits are required. 1,200 total clinical hours are required. 1,020 are direct patient care; 180 are non-patient care. This is a four year option for those who hold a master's degree in nursing (in something other than FNP) who want both the DNP and FNP.

Year One Coursework

Semester OfferedCourseCredits
FallHSC 631 - Biostatistics I3
SpringNURS 850 - Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations for Evidence-Based Care3
SpringNURS 860 - Health Operations and Financial Management for Nurse Leaders3
SpringNURS 875 - DNP Intensive*1
SummerNURS 750 Transformational Leadership in Nursing3
SummerNURS 855 Transitional Research in Health Care3
SummerNURS 875 DNP Intensive*1
SummerNURS 880 Project1

Year Two Coursework

Semester OfferedCourseCredits
FallNURS 835 Ethical Issues Influencing Practice and Research in Health Disciplines2
FallNURS 875 DNP Intensive*1
FallNURS 880 DNP Project1
FallNURS 880 DNP Didactic1
SpringNURS 623 Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan: Advanced Practice Nursing4
SpringNURS 880 DNP Project1
SpringNURS 880 DNP Didactic1
SpringPHA 738 Health Informatics1
SummerPHA 645 Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan: Advanced Practice Nursing4
SummerNURS 880 Project1
SummerNURS 780 Clinical Genetic and Genomics: Advanced Concepts1

Year Three Coursework

Semester OfferedCourseCredits
FallNURS 631/6531L Advanced Assessment Across the Lifespan w/lab4
FallNURS 880 DNP Project1
FallNURS 781 Clinical Epidemiology: Advanced Concepts1
SpringNURS 765 FNP Integration: Practicum I**7
SpringNURS 880 Project1
SummerNURS 768 FNP Integration: Practicum II**4
Semester OfferedCourseCredits
FallNURS 771 FNP Integration: Practicum III**7
SpringNURS 776 FNP Integration: Practicum IV**8


*Clinical course totaling 180 non-patient care clinical hours.

**Direct patient care clinical courses.

  • NURS 765, 771 and 776 require students to be on campus one time during the semester for simulation and/or procedure lab.
  • Typically, the on-campus component occurs on the Sioux Falls campus but select experiences may also occur at the Brookings and Rapid City campus.
  • If the three P’s (advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and advanced assessment) have been completed and meet requirements, this will subtract 12 credits to the plan of study that could result in a three-year program vs. a four-year program.
  • A minimum of five credits per semester is required to be eligible for financial aid.