Curriculum (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice: family nurse practitioner

DNP throat checkTake your passion for patient care and your nursing career to a whole new level. Advance your career as a family nurse practitioner with Messiah’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. This degree will prepare those who have a BSN to provide leadership and service in promoting quality, holistic nursing care in an advanced role as a family nurse practitioner. The Doctor of Nursing Practice family nurse practitioner program (post-BSN to DNP-FNP) provides extensive clinical practice and role preparation in caring for patients across the lifespan from a Christian faith perspective.

Program structure

Messiah’s post-BSN to DNP-FNP program features 86 credits and 1,215 clinical hours structured on two levels. Level one encompasses the core courses needed for progression to family nurse practitioner clinical courses and non-clinical nursing courses specific to the DNP degree. Level two includes clinical and non-clinical nursing courses that fulfill the requirements of the post-BSN to DNP-FNP track and the DNP degree. The program can be completed in four years, but must be finished within eight.

Online coursework

Courses are offered in 1-, 6-, 8-, 14-, and 17-week sessions throughout the year. Courses without a clinical component are offered asynchronously online, with the exception of NURS 500, which includes a synchronous online first class session, and NURS 506 which includes two synchronous class sessions. Courses with a clinical component are offered asynchronously online with synchronous online classes typically at the beginning, middle and end of the course. Clinical experiences are completed during a single semester at approved sites.

On-campus coursework

All students are required to attend two on-campus intensive courses (NURS 601 and NURS 602), each one week in duration, during the second summer semester at the end of years one and two of the program.


Messiah’s post-BSN to DNP-FNP non-clinical nursing courses meet the requirements of the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nurses.