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Post-BS to DNP Program

DNP students enjoy individualized training experiences in a supportive environment.

The Post-BS to DNP Program at the University at Buffalo School of Nursing equips baccalaureate-prepared nurses to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in a three- to seven-year program in the following specialty areas: family, adult/gerontology, psychiatric/mental health and anesthesia.

About the Post-BS to DNP Program

The Post-BS to DNP Program offers flexible learning options with approximately 40 percent of the coursework available online.

The nurse anesthesia program is three years, full time only. In the other specialties, students have the option of completing their program on a full- or part-time basis. The DNP Program culminates in a capstone project tailored toward individual student interests.

PLEASE NOTE: On-campus study is required to complete this program.

About Specialty Areas

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program focuses on the development of advanced practice nurses who are clinically and culturally competent to deliver primary care across the lifespan. Students receive didactic and clinical preparation to assess and treat primary care problems of individuals and families. In addition, didactic content related to the primary care assessment, treatment and referral of clients experiencing addictions and co-occurring mental health problems, organizational and leadership concepts in health care, and epidemiology serve as an important component to the population-focused curriculum.

The mission of the FNP Program is to prepare individuals for advanced practice in professional nursing that is grounded in extant knowledge in the discipline and exercised with a spirit of caring, inquiry, and compassion to serve all underserved populations.

Graduates of the program are eligible for New York State certification and are encouraged to take a national FNP certification exam (AANP or ANCC). Graduates are also eligible to sit for the Certified Addictions Registered Nurse-Advanced Practice (CARN-AP) exam, which is administered by the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB).

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)

DNP-prepared Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioners develop the skills needed to assess, diagnose and manage adults with acute, chronic and acute-on-chronic illnesses as well as identify clinical problems and develop interventions that will have an impact on practice and patient care.

The AGNP Program meets the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) guidelines and prepares graduates to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s national certification exam.

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

The Psychiatric Mental Health DNP Program prepares graduates to provide primary mental health care services across the lifespan. The focus is individuals within the context of family who are at risk for or experiencing psychiatric disorders, addictions and/or other mental health problems. Primary mental health care includes the promotion of optimal mental health through assessment, prevention, treatment and health maintenance in relation to psychiatric, mental health and addictions disorders. PMHNPs are prepared to diagnose and prescribe various therapeutic interventions and are certified by New York State for practice that includes the prescription of psychotropic and other medications used in mental health and addiction treatments.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) PMHNP board certification exam. Students can also access addictions nursing specialty courses that can lead to certification by the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB) as a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse-Advanced Practice (CARN-AP).

Nurse Anesthetist

Program courses, taught exclusively by nurse specialists and CRNAs, are immediately applicable to nursing practice. The school's recently constructed health assessment lab, the Center for Nursing Research and the newly remodeled Patient Simulation Center further support student research and practice needs.

Our nurse anesthetist students receive an education that equips them to assume clinical, educational, research and leadership positions within this advanced nursing specialty. Our Patient Simulation Center, which includes an operating room with advanced monitoring and gas-delivery systems, employs advanced technology to support the surgical and resuscitative care of a full-body, computerized mannequin.

See nurse anesthetist program curriculum below.

Program Requirements

Curriculum

All Post-BS to DNP students must complete courses in their specialty area.

PLEASE NOTE: If a course is offered through distance learning, priority is given to Post-MS to DNP students.

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (Total Credits: 82)

Foundation Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 501

Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

3
NGC 518
Health Promotion and Epidemiologic Methods
3
NGC 520
Scientific Writing
2
NGC 533
Teaching in Nursing
3
Total Foundation Credits 11

Research Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 526 Evaluating Research Evidence for Health Care I   4
NGC 527 Evaluating Research Evidence for Health Care II  4
NGC 638 Program Evaluation   3
NGC 692 Seminar in Grantsmanship   1
NGC 701 State of Nursing Science   3
Total Research Credits 15

DNP Core Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 502 Applied Informatics to Evaluate Healthcare Outcomes 3
NGC 612 Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Nursing 4

NGC 625

Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses I

3

NGC 626

Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses II

3
NGC 573  Advanced Health Assessment - Acute 1

NGC 576

Advanced Health Assessment

3
NGC 632 Interpreting Health Care Policy 3
NGC 634 Organizational and Leadership Concepts in Health Care 3
Total DNP Core Credits 23

Capstone & Advanced Practice Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 725

Advanced Clinical Practicum I  

4

NGC 726

Advanced Clinical Practicum II  

4

NGC 798

DNP Capstone Course I  

1

NGC 799

DNP Capstone Course II  

1

Total Capstone & Advanced Practice Credits 10

AGNP Specialty Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NAH 522 Issues in Geriatric Management 3
NAH 587 Primary Health Care Management of the Adult  3

NAH 588

Acute Illness Management

3

NAH 613

Adult/Primary Health Care Clinical Practicum 1 (300 hours)

6

NAH 614

Adult/Acute Clinical Practicum 2 (300 hours)

6

NAH 647

ANP Clinical Seminar I

1

NAH 648

ANP Clinical Seminar II

1

 Total Specialty Course Credits

23

Primary Health Care Management of the Adult 

Primary Health Care Management of the Adult 

Family Nurse Practitioner (Total Credits: 97)

Foundation Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 501

Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

3
NGC 518
Health Promotion and Epidemiologic Methods
3
NGC 520
Scientific Writing
2
NGC 533
Teaching in Nursing
3
Total Foundation Credits 11

Research Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 526 Evaluating Research Evidence for Health Care I   4
NGC 527 Evaluating Research Evidence for Health Care II  4
NGC 638 Program Evaluation   3
NGC 692 Seminar in Grantsmanship   1
NGC 701 State of Nursing Science   3
Total Research Credits 15

DNP Core Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 502 Applied Informatics to Evaluate Healthcare Outcomes 3
NGC 612 Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Nursing 4

NGC 625

Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses I

3

NGC 626

Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses II

3
NGC 574  Advanced Health Assessment - Child 2

NGC 576

Advanced Health Assessment

3
NGC 632 Interpreting Health Care Policy 3
NGC 634 Organizational and Leadership Concepts in Health Care 3
Total DNP Core Credits 24

Capstone & Advanced Practice Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 725

Advanced Clinical Practicum I  

4

NGC 726

Advanced Clinical Practicum II  

4

NGC 798

DNP Capstone Course I  

1

NGC 799

DNP Capstone Course II  

1

Total Capstone & Advanced Practice Credits 10

FNP Specialty Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NFN 559 Family: Theory, Foundations & Perspectives 3

NPM 553

Primary Care of Individuals & Family Experiencing Addictions

3

NPM 569

Neurological Basis of Mental Health & Addictions

3

NFN 560 Care of the Young Family 7

NFN 561

Care of the Mature Family

7

NFN 564

Care of the Complex Family

7

NFN 610

DNP FNP Clinical Seminar I

1

NFN 611

DNP FNP Clinical Practicum I

6
Total Specialty Course Credits 37

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Total Credits: 94)

Foundation Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 501

Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

3
NGC 518
Health Promotion and Epidemiologic Methods
3
NGC 520
Scientific Writing
2
NGC 533
Teaching in Nursing
3
Total Foundation Credits 11

Research Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 526 Evaluating Research Evidence for Health Care I   4
NGC 527 Evaluating Research Evidence for Health Care II  4
NGC 638 Program Evaluation   3
NGC 692 Seminar in Grantsmanship   1
NGC 701 State of Nursing Science   3
Total Research Credits 15

DNP Core Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 502 Applied Informatics to Evaluate Healthcare Outcomes 3
NGC 612 Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Nursing 4

NGC 625

Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses I

3

NGC 626

Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses II

3

NGC 576

Advanced Health Assessment

3
NGC 574 Advanced Health Assessment - Child 2
NGC 632 Interpreting Health Care Policy 3
NGC 634 Organizational and Leadership Concepts in Health Care 3
Total DNP Core Credits 24

Capstone & Advanced Practice Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 725

Advanced Clinical Practicum I  

4

NGC 726

Advanced Clinical Practicum II  

4

NGC 798

DNP Capstone Course I  

1

NGC 799

DNP Capstone Course II  

1

Total Capstone & Advanced Practice Credits 10

PMHNP Specialty Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NPM 553

Primary Care of Individuals & Families with Addictions

3

NFN 559

Family Theory

3

NPM 562 PMHN: Theoretical Foundations: Practice Perspective 3
NPM 563 PMHNP Practice: Individual Intervention 2
NPM 565 Group Work in Practice Psychiatric Nursing 2
NPM 566 PMHNP: Clinical Practicum (Group Intervention) 2
NPM 568 Clinical Pharmacology 3

NPM 570

Diagnosis & Treatment

3

NPM 618

PMHNP Clinical Practicum I

4

NPM 652 PMHNP Clinical Practicum Seminar I 1

NPM 619

PMHNP Clinical Practicum II

4

NPM 653

PMHNP Clinical Practicum Seminar II

1

NPM 569 Neurobiological Basis of Mental Health & Addictions 3
Total Specialty Course Credits 34

Nurse Anesthetist (Total Credits: 124)

Foundation Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 501

Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

3
NGC 518
Health Promotion and Epidemiologic Methods
3
NGC 520
Scientific Writing
2
NGC 533
Teaching in Nursing
3
Total Foundation Credits 11

Research Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 526 Evaluating Research Evidence for Health Care I   4
NGC 527 Evaluating Research Evidence for Health Care II  4
NGC 638 Program Evaluation   3
NGC 692 Seminar in Grantsmanship   1
NGC 701 State of Nursing Science   3
Total Research Credits 15

DNP Core Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 502 Applied Informatics to Evaluate Healthcare Outcomes 3
NGC 612 Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Nursing 4

NGC 625

Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses I

3

NGC 626

Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses II

3

NGC 576

Advanced Health Assessment

3
NGC 632 Interpreting Health Care Policy 3
NGC 634 Organizational and Leadership Concepts in Health Care 3
Total DNP Core Credits 22

Capstone & Advanced Practice Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NGC 725

Advanced Clinical Practicum I  

2

NGC 726

Advanced Clinical Practicum II  

2

NGC 798

DNP Capstone Course I  

1

NGC 799

DNP Capstone Course II  

1

Total Capstone & Advanced Practice Credits 10

Nurse Anesthetist Specialty Courses

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

NAN 543

Principles of Anesthesia I

3

NAN 544

Principles of Anesthesia II

2

NAN 544L

Principles of Anesthesia II Lab

1

NAN 545 Principles of Anesthesia III 3
NAN 546 Principles of Anesthesia IV 3
NAN 547 Principles of Anesthesia V 3

NAN 672

Clinical Pharmacology of Anesthestic & Adjunctive Drugs

3

NAN 711 Current Topics in Anesthesia I 1
NAN 712 Current Topics in Anesthesia II 1
NAN 713 Current Topics in Anesthesia III 1
NAN 714 Current Topics in Anesthesia IV 1
NAN 718 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia I 1

NAN 719

Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia II

1

NAN 721 Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management I 1
NAN 722 Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management II 1

NAN 598

Introduction to Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practice

2

NAN 601

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum I 

6

NAN 602

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum II 

8

NAN 603

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum III

8

NAN 604

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum IV

6

NAN 605

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum V 

6

NAN 606

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum VI 

8

Total Speciatly Course Credits 70

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