Degree type(s): Doctorate
Degree field(s): Healthcare; Nursing
Location(s): Blended (Online / On-site); Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

BSN to DNP Degree Program: Family Nurse Practitioner

Achieve your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in the family nurse practitioner program at the University of Mary. Known for excellence in clinical preparation, the BSN to DNP is an accredited program that provides a strong background in health promotion and disease management for acute and chronic health problems of individuals across the age spectrum.

The University of Mary has 25 years of experience preparing family nurse practitioners and a documented history of graduates who are nursing leaders and agents of change promoting high quality and safe patient care. To keep pace with evolving complexities and required workforce competencies in the healthcare environment, the master’s degree option for this program has been retired and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree implemented.

The family nurse practitioner DNP program at Mary includes 86 credits and students complete a total of 1,180 hours of practical clinical and leadership experiences in this blended on-site and online BSN to DNP program. One to two years of nursing experience preferred, not required. 

BSN to DNP Degree Program Highlights

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019

The University of Mary is currently accepting applications for the next BSN to DNP program start Fall 2019. Students are welcome to take up to 9 credits of core graduate nursing courses and/or the graduate statistics course prior to being accepted into the DNP family nurse practitioner program.

Most instruction in the BSN to DNP program takes place online with periodic on-site visits to the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota. Clinical experiences can generally be completed in or near your home community.

The accredited BSN to DNP program emphasizes evidence-based practice and offers valuable clinical site opportunities, helping you to gain the skills essential for positions of leadership and influence in primary care. Successful completion of the DNP program prepares you to apply for family nurse practitioner national certification through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program. Doctorate courses are infused with Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values that prepare you as a servant leader and ethical decision-maker.

The University of Mary’s faculty are both exceptional teachers and noted professionals in their fields of study. The BSN to DNP family nurse practitioner program is accredited by the CCNE (Commission of College Nursing Education).

The University of Mary's Family Nurse Practitioner program provides students with a first-class educational experience by preparing students in health promotion and disease management for acute and chronic health problems of individuals across the lifespan.  Students earn a terminal degree in Nursing, positioning them to be innovative leaders and transforms healthcare systems to improve the health and well-being of people in our local and global community.


  • NUR 510 Healthcare Across the Population
  • NUR 519 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NUR 551 Critique & Design of Nursing Research
  • NUR 562 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice
  • NUR 567 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NUR 569 Family Theory
  • NUR 582 Human Responses, Clinical Decision Making & Diagnostic Testing
  • NUR 584 Health Promotion and Clinical Prevention
  • NUR 586 Clinical Anatomy
  • NUR 589 Common & Chronic Adult Health Problems
  • NUR 601 Evidence-Based Practice and Strategic Healthcare Decision Making
  • NUR 611 Influential Nursing Leadership
  • NUR 612 Professional Roles in Advanced Nursing
  • NUR 613 Leadership and the Future of Nursing
  • NUR 620 Care of Women and Children
  • NUR 648 Healthcare Law & Policy
  • NUR 690 Common & Chronic Adult Health Practicum
  • NUR 720 Care of Women and Children Practicum
  • NUR 830 DNP Project and Nursing Scholarship I
  • NUR 840 DNP Project and Nursing Scholarship II
  • NUR 836 Acute and Emergent Health Problems
  • NUR 845 DNP Clinical Project II
  • NUR 850 Teaching and Learning in Nursing
  • NUR 930 DNP Project and Nursing Scholarship III
  • NUR 940 DNP Project and Nursing Scholarship IV
  • NUR 959 Seminar and Practicum
  • NUR 975 Comprehensive Exam
  • HUM 999 Graduate Student Assessment Nursing

Candidates to be considered for the Family Nurse Practitioner program, will be subject to an interview and a head-to-toe physical assessment demonstration on an individual of the candidate's choice.

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Current Unencumbered RN License
  • Official transcripts from all degree granting institutions attended
  • Two letters of reference
  • Criminal background check
  • Criminal background check release form
  • Resume
  • Goal statement

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Admission Requirements

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program. 

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted or denied admission to the program.

If you are considering a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Mary, you might also be interested in the following graduate programs offered online, at distance education locations, and/or at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota:

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