BSN to DNP, Family/Across the Lifespan NP

Doctor Of Nursing Practice, Family/Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner

Family nurse practitioners offer a wide range of health care services that revolve around the family unit from health promotion and disease prevention to direct care and counseling across the lifespan. These dedicated professionals place strong emphases on wellness and prevention while being able to provide treatment for mild to serious ailments that affect children, parents and grandparents. This specialized perspective allows family nurse practitioners to understand patterns in family medical history, which is often extremely important when predicting future health trends. In addition, job opportunities for advanced practice registered nurses are expected to be excellent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioner jobs are projected to grow 34% from 2012-2022 [1], a growth rate that is far above the national average. Like other medical professionals with advanced training, family nurse practitioners may find work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, conventional doctor’s offices, private homes and schools. 

The Benefits of a DNP Degree at Brandman

Brandman University’s School of Nursing and Health Professions is focused on creating innovative leaders for today’s ever-evolving health care system. Its Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Family/Across the Lifespan establishes a holistic approach to care by fostering inter-professional collaboration within workplace and industry. The program allows graduates to be eligible for the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) national certification examination while teaching them the importance of adapting to technological change in the field.  Using family-centered and developmental perspectives, curriculum covers common, acute, complex and chronic problems across generations through advanced principles of assessment. Students will participate in a variety of settings, which may include rotations in primary care practices, outpatient clinics and urgent care facilities, and have opportunities to create comprehensive plans of care. Students will develop strong and foster strong values and ethics to apply to their workplace and learn to lead positive change within their health care systems.


Brandman University’s School of Nursing and Health Professions utilizes a blend of the following three instructional strategies to produce engaged learning curriculum:

  • Immersion: The BSN to DNP program includes face-to-face meetings conducted at Brandman’s high-tech Immersive Learning and Simulation Center in Irvine, California, or regional locations. Each immersion session is three to four days in length during which time students may receive orientation instruction, work as teams with fellow students, or present their work on scholarship projects to peers, faculty and community members. They will also have opportunities to participate in demonstrations, exercises, assessments or evaluations, and complete hands-on skills training using standardized patients, manikins, or three-dimensional gaming technologies.
  • Practicum Experience: The program also includes supervised clinical practice residencies conducted near the students live or work. This hands-on experience ensures that program learning outcomes are effectively being translated and applied to real-world settings. This model ensures Brandman nursing graduates have the expertise to thrive in their careers. 
  • Self-Directed Study: All courses include aspects of independent and collaborative online learning which provide students with the flexibility to fit course work into their busy schedules. Online activities may include virtual lectures, discussions, social networking, demonstrations, tutorials, readings, and/or other homework. The school’s scholar-practitioner faculty members are also available at times for additional real-time feedback and conversations through web or phone conferencing tools, and/or live chat sessions.

Brandman offers additional specialty areas and four different entry options into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program for those with various backgrounds and academic experience.


Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Three recommendation forms
    • Self evaluation
    • Goal statement
  1. Personal interview as needed

Entry Options

  • Option 1: For the APRN (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, certified nurse anesthetist, or clinical nurse specialist) who has Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN), seeking Doctoral degree.
    • Apply To: Post Masters (PM) to DNP program
  • Option 2: For the APRN (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, certified nurse anesthetist, or clinical nurse specialist) who has Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN), seeking Doctoral degree and one of our five specialties.
    • Apply To: Post Masters (PM) to DNP program and identify the specialty of interest
  • Option 3: RN with Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, seeking Clinical Doctoral degree w/specialties:
    • Apply To: Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice Specialties
  • Option 4: RN with Master of Science Degree in Nursing who is not an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, seeking Doctoral degree and move into Advanced Practice in one of our five specialties.
    • Applicants are interviewed by the specialty Program Director for approval prior to admission

The following is only required for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredited program. Applicants who have a Bachelors in something else and have completed either a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing, or the equivalent of the BSN in the first year of a Master Entry Nursing Program, passed the NCLEX and are licensed, may be considered for admission.
  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Analytical Writing Score (minimum score of 4.0) from the General Test.
  3. Unencumbered RN license from the state where you plan to do your clinical hours, or date for NCLEX scheduled before classes start. NCLEX must be passed for enrollment with application for license pending. The NCLEX must be passed by the end of the first session of enrollment to continue in the program.

Graduate Science Core (15 credits)

*NURU 600 Theoretical Foundations of Evidence-based and Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NURU 601 Transitions in Practice: The Advanced Practice Nurse as DNP 3
NURU 602 Developmental, Cultural and Spiritual Care Across the Lifespan 3
*DNPU 701 Biostatistics for Clinical Practice 3
*DNPU 704 Evidence-based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice III 3


DNP Core Essentials (24 Credits)

DNPU 700 Healthcare Policy, Organization and Delivery 3
DNPU 702 Innovations in Technology and Information Access 3
DNPU 703 Leading Through Innovation 3
DNPU 705 Health Communication 3
DNPU 706 Transforming Healthcare through Outcomes Management 3
DNPU 707 Clinical Residency I 3
DNPU 708 Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project 3
DNPU 710 Seminar in Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice 3


Advanced Practice Core (19 credits)

*NURU 603 Advanced Health Assessment Across Lifespan and Cultures 4
*NURU 604 Clinical Practicum: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan and Cultures 3
NURU 605 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 3
NURU 606 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan 3
NURU 609 Genetics Across the Lifespan 3
NURU 610 Synthesis of Advanced Practice Management, Role and EBP 3


Family/Across the Lifespan NP Requirements (15 credits)

NURU 671 Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice 3
*NURU 672 Management of Common and Acute Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care 3
*NURU 673 Practicum in Common and Acute Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care 3
*NURU 674 Management of Complex and Chronic Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care 3
*NURU 675 Practicum in Complex and Chronic Problems in Family/Across the Lifespan Care 3


Total Credits 73

* Students in these courses are required to attend the face-to-face immersion on the Irvine campus.

Students graduating from this program will be eligible to take the national certification examination of their chosen specialty: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and/or National Certification Corporation (NCC) and apply for licensure as an APRN in the state where they plan to practice.

All courses must be passed with a grade of “B-” or higher.  Clinical residency courses are graded Pass/No Pass.  A Pass is equivalent to a “B-” grade.


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