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Clinical Placement Free of Charge
The Placement Team will collaborate with you to find a clinical placement site within reasonable distance of your home, free of charge.

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No GMAT/GRE Requirement
The GMAT or GRE is not required for admission.

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High Passing Rates
100% of our 2019 graduates passed their AANP and ANCC certification exams on their first attempt.

Online Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner Program

*Please visit our program offerings by state page to see whether the DNP-FNP program is available in your area.

Become a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Leader and Patient Advocate

Strong leadership is needed to effect change. Marymount's online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner program will equip you to be a values-based nurse leader who offers compassionate care and improves patient outcomes.

Marymount’s DNP-FNP curriculum is focused on ethical, servant leadership and has a strong mission, vision and values rooted in the Catholic tradition to build your knowledge of holistic care. Get the clinical experience, evidence-informed knowledge and health policy awareness you need to become an expert family nurse practitioner.

Program Features At a Glance

  • CCNE-accredited and U.S. News & World Report ranked program
  • Recognized as a College of Distinction for Nursing
  • Top 15% nursing program for veterans and Top 15% nursing program for non-traditional students (College Factual)
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Clinical Placement Services offered free of charge
  • Supportive, responsive Student Success Advisors
  • Two on-campus residencies that connect you to peers, instructors and legislators
  • Total Credit Hours: Between 63-70
  • Total Clinical Hours: 1000+

Admissions Requirements

  • BSN from a regionally accredited institution with 3.0 GPA
  • RN license 
  • One (1) year of full-time experience as a practicing professional nurse by the first day of class
  • NOTE: This program includes MSN-level courses and is for students with a BSN degree. It is not appropriate for students who already have an MSN degree.

Why Get a DNP Instead of an MSN?

The role of the nurse practitioner continues to evolve with one key initiative: education. Much like the push to get 80% of nurses to a BSN-level education by 2020, the latest recommendation from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) is to make the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) the entry level degree for nurse practitioners by 2025.

Compared to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, the DNP allows you to play a larger role in patient care, leadership and quality improvement. As the highest level of education available in the nursing field, the DNP is the ideal option for nurses who aspire to leadership roles.

Compare Online BSN to DNP-FNP Programs

  Marymount University George Washington University Georgetown University Johns Hopkins University
Cost Per Credit $1,190 $1,395 $2,278 $1,825
Number of Credits Required 70 72 69 81
Cost of Tuition $83,300 $100,440 $157,182 $147,825
Program Length 3.33 Years 4 Years 2.5 Years (Full-Time)
3.5 Years (Part-Time)
3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Part-Time)
Clinical Placement Services? Yes No Yes No
Faith Supported Teaching? Yes No Yes No

*Based on publicly displayed information on university websites

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Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate

At Marymount, our health care policy roots go deep with a connection to the State Capitol in Richmond and across the river on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Your voice will be heard as you demonstrate leadership in health policy advocacy at the local, state and federal level.


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"I would absolutely recommend Marymount University to someone considering a nursing degree. The personal attention you receive is unmatched."

- Angeline Thomas