Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Online DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

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Program Details:

  • Credit Hours: 34
  • Courses in Program: 13
  • Cost Per Credit: $900
  • Transfer Credits Accepted: Nine
  • Estimated Completion Time: Two to three years

Prepare for the highest level of nursing practice, grow your leadership and advocacy capabilities, and equip yourself to provide holistic primary care to patients across the lifespan.

Prepare for the highest level of nursing practice, grow your leadership and advocacy capabilities, and equip yourself to provide holistic primary care to patients across the lifespan.

Our CCNE-accredited online Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP-FNP) program can help you take your nursing career to the very pinnacle of evidence-based primary care and nursing leadership. Ideal for working advanced practice nurses, this program features a fully online educational experience guided by experienced faculty members.

Courses take place in 15-week blocks, and cover advanced nursing topics such as:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Legal and ethical issues in healthcare
  • Policy and advocacy
  • Aging populations
  • Financial management
  • Healthcare budgeting
  • Leadership communication in healthcare settings
  • Community-based healthcare

As an online DNP student, you’ll have the opportunity to complete required capstone hours through your current employer. This makes balancing doctoral study and work more attainable while also allowing you to put theory into practice right away.

This program meets licensure requirements in the state of New York.


  • Gain knowledge and skills to provide care services across populations, from birth to the elder years.
  • Assess, diagnose and prescribe treatments for individuals and families, within appropriate legal and ethical parameters.
  • Learn to provide advising and education to patients about a range of topics, including healthy lifestyle choices, chronic condition management, and more.
  • Prepare for board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Take the lead in healthcare systems or practice privately: with your DNP-FNP, your career path is yours to define.

As a graduate of our online DNP-FNP program, you can qualify for a wide range of professional leadership opportunities in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, healthcare advocacy organizations, government health organizations, and more. Depending on the state where you practice, you’ll also have the option to establish yourself as a private primary care provider.


Designed for working nurses who have earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing, this online DNP program requires the completion of 1,000 clinical hours along with 12 convenient online courses. The curriculum dives deep into advanced nursing topics, allowing you to expand your mind and strengthen your professional skills.

Applicants for the online DNP-FNP program who meet all published admission criteria will be invited to discuss additional program requirements including on-campus immersion experiences and clinical placements prior to receiving final acceptance decisions.


Core Courses

  • NUR 701 Health Literacy & Population Health Outcomes (3)
  • NUR 702 Evidence-Based Practice & IT Healthcare Delivery (4)
  • NUR 703 Biostatistics for Advanced Nurse Leaders (2)
  • NUR 704 Community-Based Care of Aging Population (3)
  • NUR 705 Ethical Topics in Advanced Nursing Practice Seminar (3)
  • NUR 709 Advanced Practice Role for Doctoral Nursing Leaders (3)
  • NUR 711 Translational Capstone I: Identify Project (2)
  • NUR 712 Translational Capstone II: Design and Pilot Project (2)
  • NUR 713 Translational Capstone III: Implement and Evaluation (3)

Interdisciplinary Courses

  • HSA 653 Legal & Ethical Issues in Healthcare Organizations (3)

Choose one of the following:

  • NUR 614 Financial Management for Nursing Leadership (3)
  • HSA 652 Healthcare Economics & Public Policy Making (3)
  • HSA 648 Introduction to Healthcare Financial (3)

Choose one of the following:

  • HSA 705 Communication Through Leadership (3)
  • HSA 670 Healthcare Consulting (3)
  • NUR 613 Nursing Leadership and Communication (3)


In addition to meeting the general requirements for graduate programs at D’Youville, applicants for the DNP program must present the following:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC (ACEN) accredited program at a college or university in the US (or by the CNO in Ontario).
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)/ current resume documenting at least one year of practice as a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree.
  • Official transcripts from all college/ universities attended. Non-U.S. students must submit a “course-by-course” evaluation (or equivalent) of all college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES) or other approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies.
  • College transcripts must show completion of baccalaureate-level courses in health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and a three-credit statistics course (or equivalent).
  • An overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in nursing earned more than five years ago whose overall G.P.A. was between 2.70–2.99 may submit an application for consideration if they can demonstrate significant professional advancement and success on their CV. Preferential admissions will be given to applicants with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  • Active unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in New York or in Ontario for Canadian students.
  • A current CPR certification with a psychomotor component.
  • Two references on clinical performance with one reference from an advanced practice nurse (NP) or a physician attesting to clinical knowledge, skills, leadership and the ability to be a good NP candidate. Other acceptable references include supervisors, managers or a former professor.
  • Personal statement describing the applicant’s philosophy of nursing (two pages, double-spaced lines with 12-point font). The statement should speak to the applicant’s past experience, why they chose to pursue this degree, how they see this degree enhancing their career and how they plan to utilize this degree to advance patient care and health care outcomes.
  • A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently or previously enrolled in a nurse practitioner program at another college or university must obtain a letter from their current school of nursing stating the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes. Students who were dismissed for any reason from a graduate nursing program will not be considered for admission.
  • Applicants who work full-time are not eligible to complete the track on the planned three-year completion timeline.


Tuition and fees vary based on your program of study and whether you are considered a full- or part-time student. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and can be applied to full- and part-time status.

Entering the program with previous academic credit can help lower your cost. Below, you’ll find information about the potential cost of your program.

COST Total
Full Program Tuition $900 per credit hour $30,600
Full Program Fees $160 (full time)* $1,280
Full Program Total $31,880
*This program takes an estimated four to eight semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.


Earning a DNP-FNP degree means earning the credentials to become a trusted leader in healthcare. Among other career possibilities, the position of family nurse practitioner is one of the most advanced careers in healthcare, putting this role in high demand throughout the world. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the position is projected to expand by 26% through 2028, which is much faster than most other careers in the medical industry. Earn your DNP-FNP online with D’Youville College and explore the diverse career options that await you.

Family Nurse Practitioners

Family nurse practitioners provide care to patients throughout the lifespan. They are qualified to facilitate community-based healthcare for aging populations, care for women and treat a wide variety of health issues as a trusted healthcare provider. Many family nurse practitioners work in private practice while others are employed by hospitals, clinics, and government facilities. Family nurse practitioners earn a median annual salary of $115,800 per year.


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