Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Online DNP-NP and NP Certificate Programs

The Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a BSN entry point and family nurse practitioner (FNP) specialty. As well, a Post-Master’s Certificate is offered with FNP and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializations. The FNP tracks require five, 1-week campus visits while the PMHNP certificate does not require any campus visits. In addition to online coursework and campus visits, students complete a clinical preceptorship at an approved site local to them.

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are prepared to assess patients, diagnose acute and chronic issues, and manage the healthcare of their patients. They may focus on preventative health care and promoting the health of families and communities. FNPs function in a variety of roles for patients across the lifespan, collaborating with health care teams to manage patient care. Graduates of the FNP programs may go on to leadership or service positions in hospitals, emergency centers, primary care clinics, long-term health care facilities, schools, government institutions, and research centers. Graduates are eligible to take the family nurse practitioner certification exam through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) are trained to manage the psychiatric and mental needs of patients across the lifespan. This program also develops graduates who promote system change for better mental health care. PMHNPs may work individually with patients, as well as with their families or in group settings. Graduates of the certificate program may go on to positions in counseling centers, schools, psychiatric hospitals and clinics, rehabilitation centers, correctional facilities, and treatment centers. Graduates will be eligible to take the psychiatric nurse practitioner certification exam through the ANCC.

The NP programs through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions are accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). RMUoHP is located in Provo, Utah.

What to Expect from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Online DNP and Certificate Programs

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions nursing programs must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and hold an unencumbered RN license with one year of professional nursing work experience. BSN to DNP students must have a bachelor of science in nursing degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants to the certificate programs must have a master’s in nursing degree or higher with the same minimum 3.0 GPA requirement. At least one year of clinical work experience is preferred for all programs.

Application materials include a statement of professional goals, a resume or CV, two letters of recommendation, official transcripts, proof of licensure, and an application fee. Students whose primary language is not English must also provide proof of English language proficiency.

State Restrictions: While the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions accepts students from most states through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), applicants outside of Utah should check with the admissions department to make sure they are eligible for the nursing programs. As always students should contact the licensing board of their specific state of residence to determine if the program meets state requirements for NP licensure. Students from California and Massachusetts in particular may have restrictions.

Study Plan: The BSN to DNP – FNP program takes eight semesters to complete and begins in September. The FNP Certificate program takes six semesters to complete and begins in May. Students in both of these programs come to the Provo, Utah campus for one-week visits during five of these semesters.

The PMHNP Post-Master’s Certificate program takes four semesters to complete. Students may begin in the Summer or Fall. There are no campus visits required for this program as it is 100% online coursework plus local clinicals.

BSN to DNP – FNP Curriculum: The BSN to DNP – FNP program comprises 90 credits plus completion of 750 clinical hours. Courses include Advanced Practice Roles; Evidence-Based Practice I-III; Informatics in Healthcare; Statistics in Health Sciences; Organizational Behavior and Management; Leadership; Teaching in Nursing; Healthcare Policy/Law/Ethics; Epidemiology and Population Health; Healthcare Economics; Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Pathophysiology; Theoretical Foundations and Scholarly Inquiry; Quality Improvement in Healthcare; Advanced Pharmacology I-II; Health Promotion and Preventative Care; Specialty Focus I (Adult I); Specialty Focus II Didactic (Women’s Health and Geriatrics); Specialty Focus II Clinical (Women’s Health and Geriatrics); Specialty Focus III (Pediatrics); Advanced Practice Roles; Clinical Internship I-II; and Scholarly Project I-III.

Post-Master’s FNP Certificate Curriculum: The Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program comprises 44 credits plus completion of 750 clinical hours. Courses include Epidemiology and Population Health; Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology I-II; Specialty Focus I (Adult I); Specialty Focus II Didactic (Women’s Health and Geriatrics); Specialty Focus II Clinical (Women’s Health and Geriatrics); Specialty Focus III (Pediatrics); Advanced Practice Roles; Health Promotion and Preventative Care; and Clinical Internship I-II.

Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate Curriculum: The Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate program comprises 24 to 36 credit plus completion of 540 clinical hours. Courses include Advanced Practice Roles; Advanced Pathophysiology; Psychopharmacology; Advanced Pharmacology I; Specialty Focus I: Adult and Older Adult; Specialty Focus II: Children, Adolescents, Families; Specialty Focus III: Setting and Population-Based Care; Advanced Health Assessment; and Psychotherapeutic Assessment and Practice.

Online Experience: Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions utilizes Canvas as its online Learning Management System (LMS). Courses are delivered asynchronously in 14-week formats. Materials include recorded lectures, videos, assignments, assessments, readings, and discussion boards. Collaboration takes place through email, discussion boards, and at the required week-long intensives. Students have access to a variety of services including 24/7 technical support, admissions counseling, academic advising, library and bookstore services, and career counseling.

On-Site Requirements: FNP students come to the Provo, UT campus for one-week visits during five of the semesters of the program. DNP students must defend their scholarly project during the last visit. PMHNP students are not required to come to campus.*

*Please note that due to current world conditions, on-site requirements may be delivered live via web conferencing technology.

Paying for the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Online DNP and Certificate Programs

The online BSN to DNP – FNP and the certificate programs cost $948 per credit plus fees. Travel costs for the campus visits are not included, and there may be other fees associated with the nursing degrees. Prospective students should check with the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions for updated costs.

The Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions offers unsubsidized federal student loans to graduate students according to the FAFSA. In addition, the RMUoHP Core Values Scholarship and other general scholarships may be available through the university. As well, nursing students should inquire with their employers as to the option of a tuition reimbursement program or tuition discount. Finally, RMUoHP students may wish to pursue outside opportunities for funding such as organizational or community scholarships and grants.

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions offers a BSN to DNP and a Post-Master's Certificate with an FNP specialty designed aroung nationally recognized competencies and standards of professional nursing organizations and accrediting bodies, that include five 1-week campus visits, as well as a PMHNP Post-Master's Certificate that is fully online, all with local clinicals.

APRN Programs

Post-Bachelor's DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's FNP Certificate
Post-Master's PMHNP Certificate

Campus Address

124 East 1700 South, Bldg C
Provo, Utah 84606

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions – Post-Bachelor's DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

September

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

5

Credits Needed to Graduate

90

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, MA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

90

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$921.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$82,890.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$921.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$82,890.00

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions – Post-Master's FNP Certificate

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

May

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

5

Credits Needed to Graduate

44

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, MA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

44

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$921.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$40,524.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$921.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$40,524.00

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions – Post-Master's PMHNP Certificate

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

24

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, MA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

24

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$948.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$22,752.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$948.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$22,752.00

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.