The DNP in family nurse practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) with specialized knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive health care to diverse populations across the lifespan in a family practice setting such as: adult primary care, urgent care, private practice, long term care and hospital and community based settings.

The competencies of the family nurse practitioner (FNP) are concentrated in the comprehensive and preventative health care within a family-centered model including health assessment, follow-up care for health problems, and health promotion and disease management activities based upon care of children, women and adult populations. The FNP curriculum is designed to provide in-depth content focused on medically stable patients across the lifespan, in the framework of the family and community.

The Elms DNP graduate is prepared to be “job-ready” as a Family Nurse Practitioner working in a multitude of community settings such as clinics, private practice, schools, businesses, and specialty offices to increase health care access for patients of all ages with the greatest opportunities in urban and rural underserved communities.