Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

Expand your scope of practice. Elevate your nursing career. 

Empower patients to maintain their health. Work with diverse communities and focus on health promotion and disease prevention. Prepare for a role as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) through our rigorous and comprehensive Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Mary Baldwin University. Our program empowers Registered Nurses to expand their practice and excel in the clinical management of patients across the lifespan, within the context of their families and environment.

Time to finish
24-36 months
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Why Earn Your Family Nurse Practitioner DNP at Mary Baldwin?

Our Family Nurse Practitioner program offers a compact and comprehensive curriculum, enabling BSN-prepared nurses to earn a doctoral degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration. With a focus on autonomy in family practice and interprofessional leadership, our program equips graduates for the highest level of nursing practice.

As a Family Nurse Practitioner student, you’ll acquire essential skills and knowledge to excel in your role, including:

  • Comprehensive health history assessment
  • Physical examination techniques
  • Diagnosis and treatment of common acute and chronic conditions
  • Interpretation of laboratory results and diagnostic procedures
  • Prescription and management of medications and therapies
  • Supportive counseling, patient and family education
  • Collaborative care coordination within a family context

Part of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, this degree program is built on the strength of a dynamic, interprofessional learning community. You’ll complete your theory-based classes online and participate in labs and simulations on-campus or at partner facilities.

Benefits of earning your DNP at Mary Baldwin include: 

  • Flexible format
  • Convenient schedule
  • Learn with other working nurses

Family nurse practitioners provide a full range of primary, acute, chronic, and specialty care to patients of all ages, as well as health promotion services. FNPs practice in a variety of healthcare settings, including community health centers, private practice, healthcare systems, and universities. Especially in rural and underserved areas, FNPs often serve as the main provider of primary care.

Virtual Information Sessions

Discover the future of healthcare education from the comfort of your own space! We invite you to join our upcoming Virtual Information Sessions hosted via Zoom, where the possibilities are limitless, and the knowledge is at your fingertips.

  • February 6, 2024
  • March 5, 2024
  • April 2, 22024
  • May 7, 2024
  • Juny 4, 2024
  • July 9, 2024 
  • August 6, 2024
  • September 10, 2024
  • October 8, 2024
  • November 5, 2024
  • December 3, 2024

(All events are held at 7:00 p.m. est.)

Curriculum and Courses 

A doctorate-level nursing program builds on existing clinical skills with a curriculum that focuses on patient outcomes, evidence-based care, and healthcare policy. A DNP not only prepares you to provide primary care, but is also a great path toward leadership, research, and educator positions. The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) is the highest academic credential in the nursing field and prepares you for certification as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is divided up over the course of 9 semesters for a total of 80 credits. 

Meaningful Career Opportunities

In addition to providing primary and specialized care, a doctor of nursing practice can lead to leadership positions within healthcare organizations such as:

  • Chief nursing officer
  • Director of nursing
  • Nursing operations manager
  • Program director
  • Clinical nurse leader

Accreditation Information 


The Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesiology Program at Mary Baldwin University is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL  60018-5603, phone: 224-275-9130, website address:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice – Post-MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Practitioner, and Nurse Anesthesiology programs at Mary Baldwin are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  

Cost & Financial Aid

Let’s look at the cost of a DNP at MBU, and some of the ways we work with you to make your education affordable for you and your family.