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Jennifer Jordan '13, '18

“What Elms is doing is raising the bar. I think that there is an expectation that when you’re in practice,  your provider is as highly trained and skilled as possible. And I think that’s what Elms is doing.”

Jennifer Jordan, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduate, Family Nurse Practitioner track
Class of 2018
Family Nurse Practitioner at Atkinson Family Practice

DNP in Family Nurse Practitioner

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (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 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) strongly recommends obtaining a DNP as a pathway for preparation and entry into the nurse practitioner role.

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.

Scholarly Project

The program culminates in the successful completion of a practice-focused project completed over the course of several semesters.  This project must demonstrate a student’s ability to synthesize scientific evidence and develop new systems or population health approaches for improved outcomes in a practice settings.


Students are prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners certification examinations as Family Nurse Practitioner.