Family Nurse Practitioner, DNP

Nurse checking a patient.

The Family Nurse Practitioner specialty track prepares the student to provide primary healthcare across the lifespan. Our innovative program ensures that you have a strong foundation in evidence-based practice and holistic wellness and prevention while ensuring the skills to provide treatment for both acute and chronic health conditions. You will engage in an intraprofessional learning environment that enables you learn about telemedicine, behavioral health, opiate and substance abuse and palliative care. Upon completion, our graduates are eligible to sit for certification through both the American Nurse Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Our board certification scores consistently exceed national benchmarks and our graduates are highly regarded for employment opportunities in outpatient care settings, NP practices, clinics, physicians’ offices, specialty setting and the school environment. View the 3 Year Plan of Study and the 4 Year Plan of Study.

View the plans of study for our current students.

Meet Your Lead Faculty, Drs. Harmon and Stanley

Elizabeth Harmon

Harmon, Elizabeth, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor, FNP Lead Faculty (A-K)
Telephone: 843-792-9397
harmoned@musc.edu

Dr. Elizabeth Harmon is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. She received her BSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1978 and both her MSN and DNP from The Medical University of South Carolina, in 2001 and 2013 respectively. In addition, in 2019 she attained her Certified Nurse Educator status. She has been a certified Family Nurse Practitioner since 2001. 

Dr. Harmon is a first-generation college graduate from a western Pennsylvania mill-town. As a registered nurse, Dr. Harmon worked in many nursing disciplines within a hospital setting including general duty, cardiac and surgical intensive cares and supervisory positions. After a lengthy career working at the bedside/hospital nurse, she furthered her education with an interest in primary care throughout the lifespan. During her graduate program she received the Rural Health Fellowship allowing her to focus on healthcare disparities and barriers to primary health care. Her doctoral project addressed shared-decision making in the primary care setting to improve health care outcomes. 

Dr. Harmon initially joined MUSC as clinical faculty in 2003 and as instructor in 2013. Her experience of clinical practice provides a strong foundation for her role in preparing the next generation of advanced practice registered nurses. 

Achievement is "something accomplished, especially by superior ability, special effort, great courage, etc.; a great or heroic deed." My goal, along with my co-Lead Faculty, Dr. Stanley, is for our FNP students to successfully achieve their goal of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner.

We will come beside you as a guide, while you put forth with great courage, the special effort needed to successfully complete this doctoral program.

Angela Stanley

Stanley, Angela DNP, APRN-BC, PHCNS-BC, NEA-BC
Assistant Professor, FNP Lead Faculty (L-Z)
Telephone: 843-792-0542
stanleay@musc.edu

Dr. Stanley is an Assistant Professor and Lead Faculty for Family Nurse Practitioners (L-Z) and Doctor of Nursing Practice Learning Intensives.

Dr. Stanley served 20 years in the United States Navy Nurse Corps. She was a Family Nurse Practitioner and Community-Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in both traditional and operational environments. Some of her service included assignments such as Administrative Officer to the Navy Surgeon General, Associate Director for Branch Health Clinics and Healthcare Business Operations at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

Following retirement from the military in 2017, Dr. Stanley accepted a full-time faculty position at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Stanley is a maternal-child nursing expert and serves in variety of roles on national, state, and regional levels. She has received awards and recognition for her role as a valuable contributor to the nursing profession, clinical expert, and leadership in diversity.

Motivational thought - "Despite great effort, healthcare disparities continue to exist, and in some instances have widened. I look forward to the evolution of your passion being transformed into expertise, and subsequently influencing health policy and the nursing profession."