MSN to DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner

If you are a registered nurse who aspires to function in an administrative or advanced clinical capacity, you could prepare by earning a relevant degree. At Kaplan University, you could study online for the Master of Science in Nursing-Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Path with a specialization in family nurse practitioner. Details about this program immediately follow.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Nursing-DNP Path with a specialization in family nurse practitioner program is designed for nurses who want to seek roles as primary health care specialists in a wide range of clinical settings. Through the education you receive in this program, you might garner the skills necessary to provide and improve health care delivery for adults, children, and family units. This online program will allow you opportunities to explore and gain expertise in areas such as health care finance, human resources, health care policy, and advanced assessment. Should you choose to do so, you might provide primary care medical services for families and individuals in rural areas or other under-served communities.

What Are the Prerequisites?

In addition to a bachelor's degree and prior nursing experience, you will need leadership qualities and excellent interpersonal skills. To apply to Kaplan University's programs, you should be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, you should have access to a computer. Some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You must earn 100 credits in this Master of Science in Nursing-DNP Path with a specialization in family nurse practitioner program. The 35 credits of core courses and 65 specialization course credit requirements are outlined below. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Master of Science in Nursing - DNP Path with a Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Requirements

  • Advanced Nursing Roles
  • Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing
  • Advanced Statistics for the Health Sciences
  • Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in a Diverse Community
  • Ethical and Legal Perspectives of the Health Care System
  • Health Policy, Financing, and Organization of Health Care Delivery Systems

Family Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Role of the Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care
  • Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Life Span
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span
  • Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum I
  • Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum II
  • Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum III
  • Primary Care of the Pediatric Client
  • Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical I
  • Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical II
  • Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical - Pediatrics
  • Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical III
  • Evidence-Based Practice Project

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this program, you could pursue leadership positions in hospitals, private practices, and clinics. You might find other career opportunities in government agencies and private businesses. While additional education or experience could be necessary, you might go on to specialize in areas such as:

  • Primary care
  • Cardiovascular care
  • Family counseling
  • Geriatric
  • Emergency services
  • Acute care