Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares nurses to diagnose and manage common and complex medical conditions in children and adults.

Certification & Career

Graduates are eligible to sit for either of the national certification exams for FNP certification. Because graduates of the FNP program acquire experience in a wide variety of clinical settings, an array of job opportunities are available.

Prior Experience

Students must have a minimum of one year of RN work experience before applying. We encourage students to have excellent assessment skills at the generalist level before undertaking advanced practice, and offer a part-time program option to allow nurses to continue working while gaining valuable skills.

Clinical Hours

Students spend a minimum of 672 hours of clinical time with experienced preceptors in primary adult, primary pediatrics and women's health care. The preceptors work one-on-one with students, guiding them through clinical experiences.

Remaining hours are focused on the DNP project. This quality improvement project are grounded in a clinical problem, and students work closely with a DNP advisor to formulate your capstone project.


The program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the program in nine semesters. Part-time students will receive an individualized schema. Students must attend a one- or two- day, on-campus orientation in the first fall semester of their program and return to campus to defend their DNP project in the final semester of their program. For more information, visit theĀ On-Campus Requirement page.


If you have specific questions about the program, contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or