Family Nurse Practitioner


Doctor of Nursing Practice student

Earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in our online BSN to DNP program and become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

The Epitome of Care

In a remarkable sign of progress, patients across the nation now entrust their primary care to Family Nurse Practitioners. Join the ranks of this thriving field by pursuing your Doctor of Nursing Practice at (DNP) Nebraska Methodist College.

As a nurse with a terminal degree signifying the height of your profession, you'll be uniquely qualified to translate your years of experience into holistic healthcare treatment with an emphasis on provider-patient interaction.

Your compassion as a nurse is what will make you the preferred choice among families seeking something more from their healthcare experience. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, you'll offer exceptional care to the patient, prescribing medications and treatment options suited to each unique situation.

More and more states, including Nebraska, are granting Full Practice Authority to Nurse Practitioners, which means they can operate their own clinics and assist patients to the full extent of their certification as an NP.

A nurse in the DNP program is prepared with the knowledge, skills and clinical experiences necessary to diagnose and treat individuals across their lifespans, providing ambulatory care within an outpatient clinic in both urban and rural settings.

The BSN to DNP program requires a nurse to complete a total of 75 credit hours. Of this, 57 credit hours can be obtained via synchronous and asynchronous online learning and 18 credit hours (1,080 contact hours) are devoted to clinical practice. Clinical practice requirements are completed in a preceptor experience.

A full-time student in the DNP program can graduate in 36 months; a part-time student can finish in four to five years.

Program Highlights

  • Curriculum integrates scientific knowledge, nursing practice, and concepts.
  • Program concludes with the nurse completing an evidence-based capstone project centered on the application and assessment of a healthcare topic in a community or patient practice.
  • Our faculty bring broad experiences in advanced clinical practice, leadership and education.
  • Graduates will be well equipped to develop, implement, assess and advance new practice approaches for healthcare delivery.
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for certification as a family nurse practitioner (FNP).

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Nurse Practitioner Salary & Job Outlook

Salaries for Nurse Practitioners vary widely in the U.S. and are based upon many factors including geography, job description, specialty and experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary in May 2015 for Nurse Practitioners in the United States was $98,190 per year ($47.21 per hour), with a much faster than average projected job growth of 35 percent between 2014 and 2024.