- Completed the MSN program at FNU that did not include the DNP Essentials, entered prior to January 1, 2014.
- Completed the PGC program of study at FNU that did not include the DNP Essentials, entered prior to January 1, 2014 or entered after January 1, 2017. Students who began the PGC at FNU between January 1, 2014 and January 1, 2017 completed a curriculum that included the DNP Essentials.
- Completed a MSN somewhere other than FNU.
2) Entry into the Companion DNP program is only available to FNU graduates who:
- Completed the MSN program at FNU that included the DNP Essentials, entered after January 1, 2014 (Classes 108, 111, 114, 117, 119 and above).
- Completed the PGC program of study at FNU that included the DNP Essentials, entered between January 1, 2014 and January 1, 2017 (Classes 119 – 154). Applicants who completed the PGC at FNU will have their transcripts evaluated prior to admission to determine appropriate program of study.
PC702 Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3-0)
PC711 Nurse as Educator (3-0)
PC713 Principles of Independent Practice (3-0)*
PC718 Evidence Based Practice (3-0)
PC727 Ethics and Health Policy (3-0)
PC728 Leadership and Organizational Dynamics (3-0)
PC739 DNP Clinical Preparation (1-0)
PC740 DNP Clinical Scholarship Planning (1-3)
PC743 DNP Clinical Scholarship Implementation (0-4)
PC744 DNP Clinical Scholarship Dissemination (2-1)
* Post-Master’s DNP students who meet the following criteria are exempt from taking PC713 Principles of Independent Practice: 1) Frontier Nursing University CNEP, CFNP or CWHCNP alumni AND 2) Completed the last course in the professional role series (NM638 or NP636) in Fall 2013 or later.
Students have the option of completing the 30 credits of the PM-DNP program by following either a 5-term or 6-term program of study.
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Companion DNP Curriculum Overview
Starting January 1, 2014, Frontier’s MSN curriculum was designed to integrate many of the DNP Essentials allowing FNU graduates completing the MSN to transition into a DNP program via a direct admission process. This is what FNU calls the Companion DNP (CDNP). The Companion DNP is only available to FNU graduates who began and completed the MSN program at FNU after January 1, 2014 (Class 108, 111, 114, 117, 119 and above). The Companion DNP is also available to FNU graduates who began and completed the PGC program at FNU between January 1, 2014 and January 1, 2017. FNU graduates who began the PGC at FNU on or after January 1, 2017 completed the PGC program of study that did not incorporate the DNP Essentials and are therefore not eligible to continue to the CDNP.
The DNP curriculum has been carefully constructed to incorporate the eight essential competencies delineated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The competencies address the following:
- Scientific underpinning for practice.
- Organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking.
- Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice.
- Information systems/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care.
- Health care policy for advocacy in health care.
- Inter-professional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes.
- Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health.
- Advanced nursing practice.