Program Advisors: Klein, Madler (Graduate Program Director), Reemts (Division Chair)
Grounded in the Benedictine tradition, we provide academic and nursing practice opportunities that prepare students for leadership in advanced practice and education in health care across a variety of settings along the continuum of care. Graduates will
University of Mary family nurse practitioner program is approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, (202) 887-6791.
Doctor of Nursing Practice: FNP
The University of Mary nursing graduate demonstrates the University Mission to prepare servant leaders. We believe that students desiring to be leaders who are competent, autonomous practitioners, and ethical decision makers are best served by faculty who facilitate reflective thinking and critical inquiry vetted in information that is complimentary of current environmental contexts.
Known for excellence in clinical preparation, the program’s graduates have been prepared in health promotion and disease management for acute and chronic health problems of individuals across the age
spectrum. Students earn a terminal degree in nursing, positioning them to be leaders and agents of change who promote high quality, safe patient care.
This program blends theory and practice, providing a solid opportunity for graduates to serve and to care for healthcare needs of individuals, families, and communities. Most of the instruction takes place online with periodic on-site visits to the Bismarck campus. Most times clinical experiences may be completed in or near a student’s home community.
Successful completion of this program of study prepares the graduate to apply for their choice of family nurse practitioner national certification through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.
- Prepares graduates to assume positions of leadership and influence in primary care.
- Assists graduates to engage in the art and science of their profession, influence the function of individuals and organizations, generate ideas, promote change, disseminate knowledge, and clarify and defend personal and social values.
- Emphasizes knowledge and skills essential for the practice of primary care within a complex healthcare delivery system.
- Prepares graduates as servant leaders.
- Comprehensive curriculum founded in specialty standards.
- Servant leadership, evidence based practice and practica frame student experiences.
- Small class size facilitates collaborative learning.
- The University of Mary philosophy of a student centered learning environment.
- GRE not required.
- Evidence of current, unencumbered RN licensure
- Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Completed graduate application (including application fee)
- Professional goals essay
- Official transcripts (including degree granting institution and transcripts of any graduate courses completed)
- Current resume
- Two letters of professional reference
- Evidence of required immunizations
- Background check through Certified Background® and Release of Information of Criminal Background ReportAdmissions interview
- Complete physical assessment demonstration
BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Program Delivery
The University of Mary Family Nurse Practitioner (F.N.P.) program:
The University of Mary FNP Program is designed using an on-site/online model. The on-site component consists of face-to-face time for several days at the start of several semesters and also during the final week of the last semester prior to graduation. In total, students will make six visits to campus over the course of their program of study. This on-site time together is referred to as "Institute". The remaining classroom instruction occurs on-line. Faculty and students collaborate on student placement for clinical experiences. Often, these experiences may be completed in or near a student's home community.
Family Nurse Practitioner Program Outcomes
- Demonstrates competence in health promotion, disease prevention, and illness management of individuals, families, and communities.
- Utilizes servant leadership principles and expanded knowledge in health policy, advocacy, and healthcare quality to promote positive change in the delivery of care along the healthcare continuum
- Applies Benedictine values to foster a collaborative nurse practitioner-patient relationship that fosters respect, protection, and enhancement of spiritual integrity, human dignity, as well as cultural diversity to improve patient and population health outcomes.
- Acts as a leader in knowledge translation and application of evidence based practice from nursing and related fields through critical evaluation, synthesis, and integration of health information data and research findings.
- Influences, negotiates, and manages change among an interprofessional team for purposes of advancing healthcare quality among patients, populations, and systems.
- Practices reflectively as an advanced practice nurse who is aware of and responsive to environmental contexts that shape healthcare decision making.
Family Nurse Practitioner Courses
A graduate statistics course must be successfully completed prior to beginning the FNP program of study.