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.

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.

Prior Experience

Students must have a minimum of one year nursing experience. 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.


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 are required to attend classes onsite one week each semester.


Full-Time Semester Schema
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3

NDNP 8002 (3 Credits)
Role Seminar for the Doctorally Prepared APRN

NDNP 9004 (3 Credits)
Biostatistics for EBP

NDNP 9001 (2 Credits)

Informatics for DNP Practice

NURS 8022 (4 Credits)
Advanced Human Physiology & Pathophysiology

NDNP 9015 (3 Credits)
Quality improvement and patient safety

NDNP 9005 (2 Credits)
Optional Doctoral Writing Elective

NURS 8014 (3 Credits)
Epidemiologic Methods in Healthcare

NURS 8010 (3 Credits)
Finance and Economics of Health Care

NURS 8002 (3 Credits)
Theoretical Basis of Clinical reasoning

Semester 4
Semester 5
Semester 6

NURS 8020 (3 Credits)
Advanced Health Assessment

NDNP 9006 (4 Credits)
Essentials of Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice

NDNP 9010 (3 Credits)
Healthcare Policy for Doctoral Prepared Nurse

NDNP 9030 (4 Credits)
Planning, Management & Evaluation of Programs & Projects

NURS 8026 (3 Credits)
Differential Diagnosis for the APN

NURS 8024 (3 Credits)
Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

ANNP 8030 (3 Credits)
Clinical Management 1

ANNP 8060 (3 Credits)
Clinical Management of Well Women & Children

ANNP 8070 (3 Credits)
Practicum 1

ANNP 8080 (1 Credit)
Seminar 1

Semester 7
Semester 8
Semester 9

NURS 8032 (3 Credits)
Clinical Management 2

NDNP 9025 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 1

ANNP 8072 (4 Credits)
Practicum 2

ANNP 8082 (1 Credit)
Seminar 2

ANNP 8074 (5 Credits)
Practicum 3

ANNP 8084 (2 Credits)
Seminar 3

NDNP 9035 (3 Credits)
DNP Practicum 2

NDNP 9038 (3 Credits)
DNP practicum 3

NDNP 9040 (2 Credits)
DNP Leadership Seminar

NDNP 9042 (3 Credits)
Capstone Writing Seminar


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