FNP Track

FNP - Advanced Practice Nursing

Demand for healthcare services continues to rise due to an aging population. As communities face a shortage of primary care physicians, family nurse practitioners are well equipped to fill healthcare needs through hands-on, culturally competent advanced practice patient care. As an FNP, you will assess and diagnose patients, order and interpret tests, write prescriptions, and manage chronic illnesses for children and adults.

Our first FNP cohort achieved a 100 percent pass-rate on their certification exams and are all working within the community.

The US News & World Report Ranks Nurse Practitioners #2 in their Best Jobs of 2022 List 
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Projects 45% Job Growth Between 2020 and 2030 

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Earn Your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Administrators will help students in securing all clinical sites and student preceptors to ensure high-quality and meaningful experiential opportunities. If you’re a BSN-prepared registered nurse (RN) who aspires to practice at the highest advanced level or work as a nursing executive, earning a DNP degree can help you reach your career goals.


As an FNP, you will be prepared to work as an independent healthcare practitioner or a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team in a range of settings from hospitals and clinics to rehabilitation centers and private practices.

The FNP curriculum totals 71 credit hours. Courses are delivered face-to-face, online, and in hybrid format. Advanced nursing coursework includes but is not limited to:

  • pathophysiology;
  • advanced health assessment;
  • pharmacology;
  • differential judgment;
  • diagnostic testing and interpretation;
  • leadership;
  • policy;
  • information management;
  • translation of evidence into practice; and
  • primary care for pediatric, adolescent, adult, women, and geriatric patients.

Students enrolled full-time can complete the program in about eight semesters.


  • The Marian University Family Nurse Practitioner Program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).*
  • Marian University jumped to #2 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings for "Most Innovative Midwest Regional Universities." And out of the 157 universities in the region, we came in at #27 in the “Best Midwest Regional Universities” category.
  • As an FNP student in our DNP program, you will practice your skills in our state-of-the-art Hill-Rom Simulation Center located inside the Evans Center for Health Sciences on the Marian University campus.
  • A transition-to-practice immersion experience provides clinical training with the depth, breadth, volume, and intensity necessary to deliver sage, quality patient-centered care as an entry level FNP.
  • You will develop your nursing practice under the guidance of expert faculty practitioners.
  • Our campus is located just minutes from the heart of downtown Indianapolis, which was ranked ninth in "America's Most Affordable Cities" in 2017 by Forbes.

Contact graduate admission at GRadmissions@marian.edu or (317) 955-6400 to speak with an advisor.