The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduate Programs

DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Role Concentration

The online Doctor of Nursing Practice Post-Baccalaureate Family Nurse Practitioner role concentration (FNP) prepares clinical experts in the delivery of primary care in a variety of healthcare settings. FNP students receive a broad foundation of educational preparation in advanced nursing practice with families across the life span.

Plans of Study 

Students may follow either a four-year or a five-year plan of study. 

Application Deadline

Priority deadline is October 15 for admission in the following summer.  Apply online through the UMass Amherst Graduate School.

DNP Post-Baccalaureate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Four Year Plan of Study

Year 1

SUMMER YEAR 1 

  • N605 Scholarly Writing – 3 cr.
  • N725 Leadership of Public Health Systems – 3 cr.

FALL YEAR 1 

  • N735 Healthcare Informatics – 3 cr.
  • N603 Theoretical Components of Nursing Science – 3 cr.

SPRING YEAR 1 

  • N670 Family Systems & Interventions – 3 cr.
  • N630 Research Methodology in Nursing – 3 cr.
  • ^N701 Healthcare Quality – 3 cr.

Year 2

SUMMER YEAR 2 

  • N651 Nursing Ethics, Health Policy and Politics – 3 cr.
  • N615 Advanced Pathophysiology – 3 cr.
    *could take N604 Intro to Biostats here

FALL YEAR 2 

  • N704 Health Disparities and Social Justice – 3 cr.
  • N619 Advanced Pharmacology – 3 cr.
    *or here

SPRING YEAR 2 

  • ^^N643 Assessment & Diagnosis of Mental Health Disorders – 3 cr.
  • N703 Pharmacotherapy Management – 3 cr.
  • N715 Intermediate Biostatistics – 3 cr.

Year 3

SUMMER YEAR 3 

  • N614 Adv. Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning – 3 cr.
  • N698A Practicum: Adv. Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning – 1 cr. (56 contact hours)

FALL YEAR 3 

  • N610 Primary Health Care of Children, Adolescents & Young Adults – 3 cr.
  • N698E Practicum: PHC of Children, Adolescents & Young Adults – 3 cr. (168 contact hours)
  • N742 DNP Project 1: Defining Evidence for Problems and Solutions– 3 cr.

SPRING YEAR 3 

  • N620 Primary Health Care of Middle Aged and Older Adults – 3 cr.
  • N698X Practicum: PHC of Middle Aged and Older Adults – 3 cr. (168 contact hours)
  • N798U DNP Project II Practicum: DNP Project Proposal Development – 2 cr. (112 contact hours)

Year 4

SUMMER YEAR 4 

  • N723 Complex Health Problems in Primary Care 1 -- 2 cr.
  • N798K Practicum: Complex Health Care Problems 1– 2 cr. (112 contact hours)
  • N798W: DNP Project III –Practicum: DNP Project Proposal Finalization and Approval – 1 cr. (56 contact hours)

FALL YEAR 4 

  • N733 Complex Health Problems in Primary Care II– 2 cr.
  • N798KA Practicum: Complex Health Care Problems II– 2 cr. (112 contact hours)
  • N840 DNP Project IV: Project Implementation & Monitoring – 3 cr. (168 contact hours)

SPRING YEAR 4 

  • N898A DNP Project V: DNP Project Completion, Evaluation and Dissemination- 3 cr. (168 contact hours)
  • N898D Final Direct Care Residency- 2 cr. (112 contact hours)

^ offered Fall and Spring
^^ offered Spring and Summer

DNP Post-Baccalaureate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Five Year Plan of Study

Year 1

FALL YEAR 1

  • N735 Healthcare Informatics – 3 cr.
  • N603 Theoretical Components of Nursing Science – 3 cr.

SPRING YEAR 1

  • N630 Research Methodology in Nursing – 3 cr.

Year 2

SUMMER YEAR 2

  • N651 Nursing Ethics, Health Policy and Politics – 3 cr.
  • N605 Scholarly Writing – 3 cr.

FALL YEAR 2

  • ^N701 Healthcare Quality – 3 cr.
    *could take N604 Intro to Biostats here

SPRING YEAR 2

  • N715 Intermediate Biostatistics – 3 cr.
  • ^^N643 Assessment & Diagnosis of Mental Health Disorders – 3 cr.

Year 3

SUMMER YEAR 3

  • N725 Leadership of Public Health Systems – 3 cr.
  • N615 Advanced Pathophysiology – 3 cr.

FALL YEAR 3

  • N704 Health Disparities and Social Justice – 3 cr.
  • N619 Advanced Pharmacology – 3 cr.

SPRING YEAR 3

  • N670 Family Systems & Interventions – 3 cr.
  • N703 Pharmacotherapy Management – 3cr.

Year 4

SUMMER YEAR 4

  • N614 Adv. Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning – 3 cr.
  • N698A Practicum: Adv. Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning – 1 cr. (56 contact hours)

FALL YEAR 4

  • N610 Primary Health Care of Children, Adolescents & Young Adults – 3 cr.
  • N698E Practicum: PHC of Children, Adolescents & Young Adults – 3 cr. (168 contact hours)
  • N742 DNP Project 1: Defining Evidence for Problems and Solutions – 3 cr.

SPRING YEAR 4

  • N620 Primary Health Care of Middle Aged and Older Adults – 3 cr.
  • N698X Practicum: PHC of Middle Aged and Older Adults – 3 cr. (168 contact hours)
  • N798U DNP Project II Practicum: DNP Project Proposal Development – 2 cr. (112 contact hours)

Year 5

SUMMER YEAR 5

  • N723 Complex Health Problems in Primary Care I -- 2 cr.
  • N798K Practicum: Complex Health Care Problems I -- 2 cr. (112 contact hours)
  • N798W: DNP Project III –Practicum: DNP Project Proposal Finalization and Approval – 1 cr. (56 contact hours)

FALL YEAR 5

  • N733 Complex Health Problems in Primary Care II – 2 cr.
  • N798KA Practicum: Complex Health Care Problems II – 2 cr. (112 contact hours)
  • N840 DNP Project IV: Project Implementation & Monitoring – 3 cr. (168 contact hours)

SPRING YEAR 5

  • N898A DNP Project V: DNP Project Completion, Evaluation and Dissemination -- 3 cr. (168 contact hours)
  • N898D Final Direct Care Residency -- 2 cr. (112 contact hours)

^ offered Fall and Spring
^^ offered Spring and Summer