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The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is a full time, cohort model designed to be completed in 3 years. A total of 77 credits are required to complete the program. The FNP program prepares nurses to meet the primary care needs of individuals and families across the life span. Family nurse practitioners provide comprehensive primary care services to patients of all ages within the context of family and community.

Special emphasis is placed on the delivery of care to vulnerable populations in an evolving healthcare delivery system. The program consists of core advanced practice registered nurse courses with specialty courses in family health. The specialty track offers 720 supervised clinical hours. Students are prepared to take the national certification exam in the FNP specialty area in the last semester of the program.

The AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) and the AACN Common Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Doctoral-Level Competencies (AACN, 2017) are integrated throughout the program. The DNP curriculum includes 315 supervised hours for completion of the DNP project. The supervised clinical hours with the DNP project hours complete the 1,000 supervised hours required to obtain the DNP degree.

Curriculum

Note: Sequence of courses may change due to availability of courses. Students are assigned a clinical rotation pathway during the last four semesters of the program. Equivalent courses in other UH schools or on NEXus may be offered to ensure timely student progression. Students participate in a mandatory orientation during the first week of instruction each semester.

Year 1
24 credits
Fall
9 credits
NURS 613 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (3)
NURS 629 Pharmacology for Nurses in Advanced Practice (3)
NURS 662 Leadership, Role, Identity and Organizational/System Change (3)
Spring
9 credits
NURS 609 Health Politics and Policy (3)
NURS 612 Advanced Assessment & Clinical Reasoning (2)
NURS 612L Advanced Assessment & Clinical Reasoning Lab (1)
NURS 621 Acute and Episodic Care Management (3)
Summer
6 credits
NURS 640 Chronic Illness Management (3)
NURS 676 Primary Care I Seminar: Health Assessment (1)
NURS 676L Primary Care I Lab:  Health Assessment (2)
Year 2
29 credits
Fall
11 credits
NURS 677 Primary Care II Seminar: Management of the Adult (1)
NURS 677L Primary Care II Lab: Acute & Chronic Conditions (Adult) (3)
NURS 730 Principles of Evidence Based Practice for Advanced Nursing (3)
NURS 750 Foundations of Health Systems and Translation Science (3)
NURS 776 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (1)
Spring
11 credits
NURS 615 Clinical Skills and Procedures for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
NURS 633 Child Health: Promotion and Maintenance (3)
NURS 677L Primary Care II Lab: Acute & Chronic Conditions (Adult) (2)
NURS 746 Methods of Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement (3)
NURS 776 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (1)
Summer
7 credits
NURS 678 Primary Care III Seminar – Special Populations (1)
NURS 678L Primary Care III Lab Special Populations (2)
or NURS 679L Primary Care IV Lab Primary Care Integration Across the Lifespan (2)
NURS 768 Advanced Clinical Economics (3)
NURS 776  Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (1)
Year 3
24 credits
Fall
10 credits
NURS 616 Psychobiology of Human Behavior and Psychopharmacology (3)
NURS 635 Women’s Health: Promotion and Maintenance (3)
NURS 678L Primary Care III Lab Special Populations (2)
or NURS 679L Primary Care IV Lab Primary Care Integration Across the Lifespan (2)
NURS 776  Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (2)
Spring
11 credits
NURS 642 Healthcare Technology and Informatics (3)
NURS 678L Primary Care III Lab Special Populations (2)
NURS 679 Primary Care IV Seminar  Primary Care Integration Across the Lifespan (1)
NURS 776 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (2)
LAW 532 Health Law: Bioethics (3)
Summer
3 credits
NURS 679L Primary Care IV Lab Primary Care Integration Across the Lifespan (3)

Total # of credits: 77 credits

Curriculum effective for DNP cohorts entering: Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020

Current students refer to STAR for their individualized curriculum pathway.

Approved by committee: January 13, 2020

Page updated: March 31, 2020

Nursing Licensure and State Authorization

Once the student has completed the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner DNP degree, the Hawaii Board of Nursing determines the applicant eligibility to obtain an APRN state license, which will allow the licensee to function as an APRN in the State of Hawaii. UH Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene (SONDH) is unable to confirm that the Nursing program meets the professional licensure requirements outside of the State of Hawaii and recommends the student contact the respective professional licensing board to determine the licensure requirements in the state in which the student will practice.

Contact

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Aeza Hafalia, M.Ed
DNP Program Coordinator & NEXus Campus Staff Coordinator

Contact for applicants and current students in the DNP program and the NEXus Program.

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 201
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph: 808-956-8401
Fax: 808-956-5977
Email: dnpnurs@hawaii.edu

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Anna Holt Grills, MSN, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Program Coordinator & Instructor

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 438
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph: 808-956-5297
Fax: 808-956-3257
Email: annaholt@hawaii.edu

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Rick Ramirez, DNP, APRN-Rx, AG-ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, CEN, CPEN
Interim DNP Program Director, AGPCNP Specialty Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 440
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph: 808-956-4865
Fax: 808-956-3257
Email: rjr64@hawaii.edu

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