Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Nurses consulting with an outpatient.The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) major prepares the advanced practice nurse to provide primary health care services across the lifespan to individuals, families and aggregates in the community.  Besides primary care services, critical foci include practice models which emphasize the family as unit, health promotion and disease prevention and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The goal of the FNP program is to prepare highly skilled and culturally sensitive advanced practice nurses who are committed to providing quality and cost effective primary care services to individuals, families and communities.  The program places special emphasis on providing services to the medically underserved. The MSON is committed to flexibility in the program and therefore offers both full-time and part-time options for degree completion.

The post-BSN to DNP with MSN exit with a major in FNP requires a total of 72 credits. A total of 47 credit hours and 720 clinical hours must be completed for the MSN exit where the Master of Science in Nursing is conferred. An additional 25 credits and additional clinical hours are required for the completion of the DNP.

FNP Program Certification Examinations

Successful completion of the McAuley School of Nursing (MSON) graduate APRN nursing program qualifies the graduate to take the appropriate national certification examination (FNP: AANPCB or AANC) for their specialty. Graduates who plan to practice in Michigan may find more information on licensure at Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, phone 517-241-0199, or email

The University of Detroit Mercy has not made a determination of whether the nursing curriculum meets the educational requirements in any State other than Michigan. Students are urged to contact the specific board of nursing in the state in which they intend to practice in order to ensure they are in full compliance with the education, practice and certification requirements. It is the responsibility of all applicants applying for admission in an online graduate nursing program to confirm if the program meets specific licensure requirements.

The MSN degree with the FNP major requires 47 credit hours and 720 clinical hours. The MSON is committed to flexibility in the program and therefore offers both full- and part-time options for degree completion.

Meet with Program Faculty

Detroit Mercy FNP faculty would be glad to meet with you. Please attend an upcoming FNP session listed on our Nursing information sessions page.

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    Sample Program Plan

    Full-time study can be completed in two years with some courses offered during the summer semester. A program of part-time study can be completed in three years.

    Family Nurse Practitioner Full-Time Sample Program Plan

    Family Nurse Practitioner Part-Time Sample Program Plan


    Required Courses

    MSN Integrated Core

    NUR 5030

    Analytic Methods for Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    HLH 7100

    Health Care Policy, Economics and the Law in Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7000

    Advanced Theory & Knowledge Development for Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7300

    Transformational Leadership & Innovation in Advanced Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7400

    Information Management & Decision Support

    3 credits

    NUR 7500

    Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Theory, Design & Methods

    3 credits

    Advanced Practice Core

    NUR 5160

    Advanced Health Assessment

    3 credits

    HLH 5900

    Advanced Pathophysiology

    3 credits

    NUR 5800

    Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 6130

    Procedures for the Advanced Practice Nurse

    1 credit

    NUR 6030

    Professional Role Development for Business Practice

    2 credits

    FNP Concentration Courses

    NUR 5150

    Health Promotion across the Lifespan

    2 credits

    NUR 5250

    Common & Episodic Problems across the Lifespan

    3 credits

    NUR 5260

    Clinical Practicum II

    2 credits

    NUR 6150

    Chronic & Complex Problems across the Lifespan

    3 credits

    NUR 6160

    Clinical Practicum III

    2 credits

    NUR 6250

    Psychosocial Issues & Health Integration across the Lifespan

    3 credits

    NUR 6260

    Clinical Practicum IV

    2 credits

    DNP Integrated Core

    NUR 7700

    DNP Transition

    3 credits

    NUR 7200

    Epidemiology & Population Health

    3 credits

    NUR 7350

    Business Management to Ensure Quality in Health Care

    3 credits

    ETH 7010

    Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7450

    Analytics for Evidence Based Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7800

    Project Proposal Development

    3 credits

    NUR 7900

    DNP Clinical Practicum & Project Implementation

    3 credits

    NUR 7920

    DNP Doctoral Project

    3 credits

    Total Credits: 71 credits (47 for MSN conferral and 24 for completion of DNP)

    For more information on courses descriptions, please click here for the catalog.


    Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate

    The Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate option is available to applicants that have already earned a master of science in Nursing degree with a major in Nursing from an accredited program. This certificate program does not lead to an academic degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.

    The graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate Program requires 29 credit hours of coursework and 720 clinical hours (500 clinical hours for certified nurse practitioners in a specialty outside of FNP who are active). An individualized program of study will be designed based on an applicant’s prior academic coursework and professional and clinical experiences.

    Transcripts from prior academic institutions will be reviewed by the FNP program coordinator/advisor to determine an applicant’s specific program of study and a gap analysis will be completed. The FNP program does not accept any clinical courses (theory or didactic) or advanced health assessment as transfer courses. If courses in professional role, pathophysiology and pharmacology have been completed prior to admission to the certificate program and are equivalent to the course content in approved MSON courses, they may be transferred to the program.


    Full-time and part-time options are available for program completion. Graduates of the FNP Post-Master's Certificate program are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP).

    Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate Sample Program Plan