Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) 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 family nurse practitioner certification. Because graduates of the FNP program acquire experience in a wide variety of clinical settings, many job opportunities are available. Common settings include private practice, health departments, rural or hospital clinics and many others.

Prior Experience

At least one year of RN work experience is required 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 from all specialties. Preceptors work one-on-one with students, guiding them through clinical hours.


The program can be completed as reflected in the schema, or at a slower pace with the guidance and approval of a faculty advisor. Full-time students can complete the program in five semesters.

Some courses are offered on campus only during certain semesters, which could impact your plan of study and time to degree completion.

  • Total Credit Hours: 50
  • Total Clinical Hours: 672
  • Total Laboratory Hours: 42


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