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Post BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner Program Courses


WSU offers a Post BSN to DNP - FNP online and hybrid theory courses program. Numerous clinical settings are available for nurse practitioner preparation. Additionally, a DNP Project, a final scholarly project that demonstrates clinical scholarship, is also a program requirement and necessitates coming to campus for dissemination.

You will work closely with an advisor/faculty during the course of the program to facilitate your success. As with any doctoral program, you must be highly motivated to complete this program. It is work and time intensive.

See the WSU Catalog for individual course descriptions.


FNP Theory, Clnical/Lab Courses, & Credits

  • NRSG 6110 Translating Research and Evidence into Practice (3)
  • NRSG 6120 Research and Statistics (3)
  • NRSG 6130 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice (3)
  • NRSG 7001 Transitions to Advance Practice I (3)
  • NRSG 6210 APRN Pathophysiology I (2)
  • NRSG 6215 APRN Pharmacology I (2)
  • NRSG 6211 APRN Patho II and Genetics (2)
  • NRSG 6216 APRN Pharmacology II (2)
  • NRSG 6220 NP Assessment/DX Reasoning (2)
  • NRSG 6225 NP Care Clinical Skills (3)
  • NRSG 6235 NP Patient Care I (1)
  • NRSG 6240 NP Patient Care II (3)
  • NRSG 6236 NP Clinical I
  • NRSG 6245 NP Patient Care III
  • NRSG 6250 NP Patent Care IV
  • NRSG 6246 NP Clinical II
  • NRSG 6230 NP Patient Care Lab
  • NRSG 7904 Nurse Practitioner Immersion
  • NRSG 7002 Transition to Practice II

FNP Theory Courses Descriptions (PDF)

See the WSU Catalog for individual course descriptions.

DNP Core Theory Courses & Credits

Course Information


DNP Practice Hours

The DNP degree is a practice doctorate and as such DNP Nurse Practitioner students require more than 500 direct patient care hours for the student to meet entry-level graduate competencies and be prepared for entry to the NP role (NONPF, 2015). In addition to the direct patient care hours, indirect care learning experiences are a part of the educational experience. These experiences can assist the student to achieve the AACN competencies and would be recognized as hours that contribute to the 1000-hour requirement
described in the DNP Essentials (AACN, 2006, NONPF, 2015). WSU has experiences that are designed to provide students with graduate-level practice hours to achieve the learning objectives related to the AACN DNP Essentials and DNP competencies.

For more information:

American Association of Colleges of Nursing, (AACN). (2006). The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). (2015). The Doctorate of Nursing Practice NP Preparation: NONPF Perspective 2015.

DNP Project & Practicum

The DNP project is a scholarly project that students complete with the goal of translating evidence into practice. All DNP projects contain planning, implementation, and evaluation components. Work on the DNP project begins immediately after starting the doctoral program and continues throughout its entirety.

The DNP project courses synthesize evidence, theories, and scientific principles for the DNP student to create a DNP project plan.

  • NRSG 7801 DNP Project I (1)
  • NRSG 7802 DNP Project II (1)
  • NRSG 7803 DNP Project III (1)

Additionally, DNP practicum hours provide students the opportunity to build on concepts and skills derived from DNP courses and focuses on developing advanced skills in integration and synthesis of practice and knowledge.

  • NRSG 7901 DNP Practicum I (1 credit =60 hours)
  • NRSG 7902 DNP Practicum I (2 credits =120 hours)
  • NRSG 7903 DNP Practicum III (1 credit= 60 hours)

For more information:

American Association of Colleges of Nursing, (AACN). (2015). The Doctor of Nursing Practice: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations Report from the Task Force on the Implementation of the DNP.

Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP. (2018).