Doctor of Nursing Practice
Frontier Nursing University

Program Details

The online Doctor of Nursing Practice is designed to give graduates the tools they need in order to improve healthcare outcomes and the delivery of health through nursing leadership. 

Graduates will have the knowledge to critically analyze health care systems and primary care clinical situations; apply and evaluate of conceptual models, theories, and research to improve health outcomes; design programs using evidence-based practices; and lead in primary health care, health policy, and standards of care.

The program is unique in that students are able to chose a certification in one of the following specialty areas: 

  • Adult nurse practitioner (ANP)
  • Certified nurse-midwife (CNM)
  • Family nurse practitioner (FNP)
  • Geriatric-adult nurse practitioner (GANP)
  • Geriatric nurse practitioner (GNP)
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP)
  • Women’s health care nurse practitioner (WHCNP)


  • Hold a master's of science degree in nursing (MSN), a master's in nursing (MN), or a MS in nursing OR have a master’s degree in a related field (such as MPH or masters in midwifery or other area). 
  • Be a registered nurse with a national certification as: adult nurse practitioner (ANP), certified nurse-midwife (CNM), family nurse practitioner (FNP), geriatric-adult nurse practitioner (GANP), geriatric nurse practitioner (GNP), pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP), women’s health care nurse practitioner (WHCNP), 
  • Have a current, active license in the United States with no encumbrances.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 from the Master's program.
  • Provide official transcripts from all post-high school educational experiences.
  • Submit three professional references on FNU-supplied forms.
  • Resume.
  • One 4-day on-campus experiences (orientation before beginning the program).

Special Accreditation

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges