The Department of Nursing offers graduate study leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, a clinical doctorate, in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. An individually tailored program of study is available for the advanced practice nurse with a master's degree in nursing. The program includes advanced nursing courses, support courses, clinical practica, and disquisition (comprehensive study or thesis). Guidelines provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) are utilized in the curriculum. The graduate nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Admission Requirements: 1) Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program; 2) Undergraduate coursework in research and health assessment; 3) Current unencumbered RN licensure; 4) Completed application to the Graduate School; 5) Three references (two from professional colleagues that address clinical competence and potential for graduate education, and one other reference); 6) Written narrative of professional experience and future goals; and 7) Interview, if requested (Interview required for all DNP applicants). Degree Requirements: 1) Family Nurse Practitioner/Doctor of Nursing Practice: A minimum of 86 (DNP) semester credits, 2) A maximum of nine graduate semester credits (with a grade of B or better) completed within seven years previous to admission, may be transferred from other regionally accredited colleges or universities with the consent of the student's supervisory committee; 3) Dissertation, Clinical Dissertation, or Thesis.