Take a holistic approach to care, cure,
and your career.

At Maryville University, we take a holistic approach to emphasize the expert care and career importance of family nurse practitioners. With the United States facing a physician shortage, millions of Americans have already turned to nurse practitioners for their family care, not as a second choice — but as a premier solution. Our advanced family practitioner programs help experienced RNs excel in primary care settings and manage health needs for patients of all ages.

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No GMAT, GRE, or Statistics required for admission

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Complete clinicals locally in your preferred setting

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No waiting list once you’re accepted

Four Online FNP Programs

Online Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP)

We created this specialized educational opportunity for practicing BSN RNs who want to pursue one of the most rewarding and fast-growing career choices available today. You can complete our online family nurse practitioner program in 15 courses and 100% online. Everything about our program is designed to benefit working RNs who seek to make more of a difference in the lives of families, while gaining leadership and autonomy in return.

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Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice Program – Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration (BSN to DNP FNP)

If you’re looking for a streamlined path to a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and would like to focus on family care, then consider our online BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner program. Our online BSN to DNP with an FNP concentration can be completed in as few as 40 months and 100% online. Focus on treating individuals from childhood through adulthood, and enjoy the autonomy that comes with advanced education and leadership skills.

Learn more about our curriculum below

Online Post-Master’s Certificate — Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNPC)

Do you already have your MSN and want to specialize your education even further? Complete your post-master’s nurse practitioner certificate in just 24 months and 100% online. Focus on caring for families and gain the autonomy you deserve by developing your expertise and leadership in this critical area of practice.

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Online Doctor of Nursing Practice with Nurse Practitioner Concentration — Family Nurse Practitoner (DNP-NP FNPC)

Go from your MSN to your DNP with an FNP concentration, and you can earn a terminal degree that helps bring you back into the clinical setting. You’ll earn your FNP along with attaining your DNP, allowing you to practice at the highest level and lead interdisciplinary teams.

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Why become a family nurse practitioner?

A holistic approach is essential in family practice nursing

You can make a difference for patients from birth through end of life. Family nurse practitioners take a true holistic approach to patient care. Learn to expand your knowledge and skill beyond treatment to providing disease prevention and management, counseling, and health and wellness education for families — from newborns to seniors. Enroll in Maryville and expect an emphasis on bringing “care” to the forefront of patient care.

More autonomy

Millions of Americans are receiving healthcare benefits for the first time as a result of the Affordable Care Act. There is no other way to provide quality care for the influx of families except to expand the role of nurse practitioners to work more autonomously.

Why choose Maryville?

We’re a private, four-year institution ranked as one of America’s Best Colleges by both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. We’re also proud to have been named to the Military Friendly Schools List for the 6th consecutive year. When you choose us, you receive a highly flexible and highly regarded education with the added convenience of being delivered 100% online. Here are a few more reasons why we offer you the best path:

  •  Streamline your time and talent to earn a post-master’s certificate.
  • Graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Enjoy a flexible and convenient 24/7 online learning model.
  • Explore important topics that will help pave the way to a better future for yourself and the nurses who follow in your footsteps.
  • Take the opportunity to conduct research via clinical inquiry courses that will challenge your assumptions.
  • Learn from an expert faculty of nursing leaders who openly share their experiences and insights regarding public health and the nursing profession.

What is the career outlook for FNPs?

Higher demand and greater pay

  • Nurse practitioner ranked No. 1 on the 2013 list of “Today’s Hottest Jobs” as chosen by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for NPs are expected to increase 31% through 2022.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for nurse practitioners is $94,460 annually.

Increased job opportunity

  • It is anticipated that by 2025, the nation will be short at least 100,000 family medicine doctors. Nurse practitioners provide a viable, and vital, solution to this impending crisis.
  • The American Association of Nurse Practitioners estimates more than 155,000 nurse practitioners work in the U.S. According to a RAND Corp. projection, the future nurse practitioner workforce is expected to surge to 244,000 by 2025.

Founded in 1872 — Top Ranked for Today

Proud to be recognized as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes.

Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission — HLC

Forbes America's Top Colleges 2017

Ranked among “America’s Top Colleges” — Forbes, 2017

Kiplinger's Best College Values

Ranked among the best values in private colleges
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2017

CCNE Accredited

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education — CCNE

Curriculum

Four curriculum models. One rewarding career specialty.

MSN FNP Concentration

Online Master of Science in Nursing — Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP)
You can complete your FNP in 15 courses. Begin your coursework the semester after you enroll with six entry points per year (January, March, May, July, August, and October).

Clinical Hour Requirements:
745 clinical hours completed over 4 semesters, though subject to change.

MSN | Core Courses

NURS 600Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 601Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3 Credits
NURS 602Health Care Policy3 Credits
NURS 610Health Promotion/Disease Prevention3 Credits
NURS 703Ethics For Advanced Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 619Leadership and Quality 3 Credits
NURS 611Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 612Advanced Health Assessment5 Credits
NURS 615Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3 Credits

For the FNP concentrations you will need:

NURS 620Adult-Gerontology Health Care I3 Credits
NURS 621Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Practicum I3 Credits
NURS 623Adult-Gerontology Health Care II3 Credits
NURS 624Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Practicum II3 Credits
NURS 629Pediatric/Family Health Care III3 Credits
NURS 630Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum III 3 Credits

BSN to DNP FNP Concentration

Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice Program — Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration (BSN to DNP FNP)
You can complete your program in 74 credit hours and 100% online. You can begin your coursework the semester after you are accepted, in spring, summer, or fall.

Clinical Hour Requirements:
745 clinical hours completed over 4 semesters, though subject to change.

BSN to DNP | Core Courses

NURS 600Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 601Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing 3 Credits
NURS 603Professional Role Development3 Credits
NURS 610Health Promotion/Disease Prevention3 Credits
NURS 611Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 612Advanced Health Assessment5 Credits
NURS 615Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3 Credits
NURS 700Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics3 Credits
NURS 701Foundations of Clinical Scholarship3 Credits
NURS 702Integrating and Synthesizing Research3 Credits
NURS 703Ethics For Advanced Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 704Quality and Patient Safety in Advanced Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 705Clinical Inquiry I3 Credits
NURS 706Clinical Inquiry II3 Credits
NURS 707Clinical Inquiry III3 Credits
NURS 708Organizations Theory and Systems Leadership3 Credits
NURS 709Advanced Health Care Policy3 Credits

For the FNP concentrations you will need:

NURS 620Adult-Gerontology Health Care I3 Credits
NURS 621Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Practicum I3 Credits
NURS 623Adult-Gerontology Health Care II3 Credits
NURS 624Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Practicum II3 Credits
NURS 629Pediatric/Family Health Care III3 Credits
NURS 630Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum III 3 Credits

Online Post-Master's Certificate FNP Concentration

Online Post-Master’s Certificate — Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNPC)
You can complete your family nurse practitioner certification in 11 courses. Begin your coursework the semester after you enroll with six entry points per year (January, March, May, July, August, and October).

Clinical Hour Requirements:
745 clinical hours completed over 4 semesters, though subject to change.

Graduate Nursing Core Courses

NURS 603Professional Role Development3 Credits
NURS 610Health Promotion/Disease Prevention3 Credits

Nurse Practitioner Core Courses

NURS 611Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 612Advanced Health Assessment5 Credits
NURS 615Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3 Credits

For the FNP certificate you will need:

NURS 620Adult-Gerontology Health Care I3 Credits
NURS 621Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Practicum I3 Credits
NURS 623Adult-Gerontology Health Care II3 Credits
NURS 624Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Practicum II3 Credits
NURS 629Pediatric/Family Health Care III3 Credits
NURS 630Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum III 3 Credits

Online DNP-NP Program FNP Concentration

Doctor of Nursing Practice Foundation Courses (15 credit hours)

NURS 700Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics3 Credits
NURS 701Foundations of Clinical Scholarship3 Credits
NURS 702Integrating and Synthesizing Research3 Credits
NURS 709Advanced Health Care Policy3 Credits
NURS 710Graduate Statistics 3 Credits

Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone Courses (18 credit hours)

NURS 703Ethics For Advanced Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 704Quality and Patient Safety in Advanced Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS 705Clinical Inquiry I3 Credits
NURS 706Clinical Inquiry II3 Credits
NURS 707Clinical Inquiry III3 Credits
NURS 708Organizations Theory and Systems Leadership3 Credits

Graduate Nursing Core Courses (6 credit hours)

NURS 603Professional Role Development3 Credits
NURS 610Health Promotion/Disease Prevention3 Credits

Nurse Practitioner Core Courses (11 credit hours)

NURS 611Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credits
NURS 612Advanced Health Assessment5 Credits
NURS 615Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics3 Credits

Family Nurse Practitioner (18 credit hours)

NURS 620Adult-Gerontology Health Care I3 Credits
NURS 621Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Practicum I3 Credits
NURS 623Adult-Gerontology Health Care II3 Credits
NURS 624Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Practicum II3 Credits
NURS 629Pediatric/Family Health Care III3 Credits
NURS 630Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum III 3 Credits