Family Nurse Practitioner

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Kathleen Farmer
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Center for Healthcare Education
4000 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

We are now accepting applications for fall 2019.

Become a Leader in the Heart of Healthcare

Earn a practice doctorate and expand your qualifications through the rewarding career track as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) at Sacred Heart University. The College of Nursing’s BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree educates nurses to become advanced practices nurses in the role of the family nurse practitioner. Our program is best suited for nurses with both direct experience in patient care and a robust clinical background but recent graduates will be considered.

Graduates are eligible to take a national examination for certification as a family nurse practitioner and to apply to practice in the expanded role in Connecticut or other states based on regulatory guidelines.

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Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Role

Upon graduation, successful board certification, and state licensing, Family Nurse Practitioners provide comprehensive primary health care to patients across the lifespan.

FNPs educate patients on health promotion strategies, as well as treat acute illnesses and chronic diseases. This includes taking histories, performing comprehensive physical exams, making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests. The FNP typically works in the primary care setting in private practice or in a community health center as a health care provider. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

To produce the excellent outcomes that are necessary for the changing healthcare environment, many authorities, including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) advocate for the utmost level of scientific education and practice expertise.  The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is the culminating education preparation to achieve these essential outcomes.

Other professions whose terminal degrees are practice doctorates:

  • Medicine (MD)
  • Dentistry (DDS)
  • Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Psychology (PsyD)
  • Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Audiology (AudD)

DNP Project

The DNP graduate will fulfill the current need in our healthcare system by applying and translating best evidence into practice. The DNP project is the chosen modality for students to develop and/or refine the skill set needed to fulfill this important role. All DNP students are required to complete a DNP project that demonstrates practice scholarship.

Why SHU?

Sacred Heart University College of Nursing graduates are well respected. The mix of online and on-campus course delivery provides ample opportunities for students to meet with our esteemed faculty. Our cohort-based model allows students to build close and supportive relationships with their classmates. 

CCNE Accreditation

CCNE logoThe baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Sacred Heart University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791, (


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