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The DNP – 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 a changing health system. The program consists of core advanced practice registered nurse courses with specialty courses in family health. The specialty requires 720 supervised clinical hours. Students take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification exam in the FNP specialty area in the last semester of the program.

The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) 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.

Fast Facts

  • The 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.
  • Courses are offered in a combination of face-to-face sessions, online, and/or hybrid delivery, over Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters.
  • Coursework includes developing, implementing, and evaluating a DNP project.

Program Outcomes

The graduate is prepared to:

  • Assume the responsibilities of a FNP with expertise in the provision of primary care to patients across the lifespan; and
  • Assume an emerging leadership role in translating science to improve clinical practice and population-based health care delivery.

Curriculum*

Note: Sequence of courses may change due to availability of courses. The on-campus mandatory Summer Intensive is held on Oahu in early August.

Year 1
(24 credits) (Beginning Fall 2018)
Summer On-Campus Mandatory Summer Intensive (1-3 days)
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 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)
On-Campus Mandatory Summer Intensive (1-3 days)
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)
NURS 768 Advanced Clinical Economics (3)
NURS 776  Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (1)
On-Campus Mandatory Summer Intensive (1-3 days)
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 776  Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (2)
NURS 678L Primary Care III Lab Special Populations (2)
Spring
11 credits
NURS 642 Healthcare Technology and Informatics (3)
NURS 679 Primary Care IV Seminar  Primary Care Integration Across the Lifespan (1)
NURS 679L Primary Care IV Lab Primary Care Integration Across the Lifespan (2)
LAW 532 Health Law: Bioethics (3)
NURS 776 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (2)
Summer
3 credits
NURS 679L Primary Care IV Lab Primary Care Integration Across the Lifespan (3)

Total # of credits: 77 credits

Updated: July 17, 2018

Partnership in the Nursing Education Exchange

University of Hawaii at Manoa is a member of NEXus (The Nursing Education Exchange). NEXus is a collaboration between participating doctoral programs in nursing that allows doctoral students enrolled at member colleges and universities to take courses that may not be offered at his/her home institution for a common tuition price. Students may fulfill the elective requirements by enrolling in NEXus courses.

Contact

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

Contact for DNP program applicants and enrolled students. Also for 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

Picture of Julie Kathman, DNP, RN, CNS-BC, CPN
Julie Kathman, DNP, RN, CNS-BC, CPN
DNP Program Director & Assistant Professor

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 436
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph: 808-956-6841, Fax: 808-956-3257
Email: jkathman@hawaii.edu

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