Family Nurse Practitioner, DNP

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FNP Program Overview

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 to learn about telemedicine, behavioral health, substance use, 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 plans of study for our current students.

Meet Your Lead Faculty, Dr.Harmon

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Harmon, Elizabeth, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE
Assistant Professor, FNP Lead Faculty 
Telephone: 843-792-9397

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." My passion and focus is for each of our students to successfully achieve their goal of becoming a competent and compassionate Family Nurse Practitioner.

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