Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner

Online DNP-FNP Program in Ohio from Walsh University

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CCNE Accredited Online DNP-FNP Program from Walsh University in Ohio

The online Family Nurse Practitioner program at Walsh University is accredited by the CCNE.

DNP-FNP Program Online from Walsh University

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Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner

Primary Care Across the Lifespan

Walsh University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP-FNP) track includes didactic and clinical experiences that focus on the primary care needs of individuals, families and communities. Culturally competent care with respect to cultural and spiritual beliefs is the future of health care, and Walsh will help you make health care resources available to all patients from diverse cultures. Graduates of the BSN to DNP-FNP program deliver evidence-based care with a focus on cultural competence, population health, advanced clinical judgement, leadership, healthcare technology, and promoting health care policy and patient advocacy.

Learn more by getting your program guide.


Online DNP-FNP Fast Facts

  • Smaller classes and proactive support from Enrollment Advisors to ensure your success
  • Caring, expert faculty build close relationships with students
  • Earn your DNP degree in just 74 credits
  • Flexible financial aid

Walsh University Recognition

  • Named a Top 100 Best Value School (U.S. News and World Report)
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • #49 in Regional Universities Midwest (U.S. News and World Report)
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • #29 in Best Colleges for Veterans (U.S. News and World Report)

Which DNP Program Is Right for You?

Our BSN to DNP-FNP program is ideal if you have a bachelor’s in nursing from an accredited program, are a licensed RN, and are looking to:

  • Focus on the primary care needs of patients from diverse cultures
  • Understand culturally competent care with respect to cultural and spiritual beliefs
  • Learn from didactic and clinical experiences
  • Improve patient and population health outcomes in complex health systems

We are proud to offer two other DNP online program offerings. Keep reading to see which one is the right fit for you.

Online DNP Program

Our Post-Master’s DNP program is ideal if you have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program and are looking to

  • Expand your scope of practice
  • Assume leadership positions in a variety of roles
  • Integrate and apply knowledge from the sciences as they relate to healthcare delivery and improved patient outcomes

Learn more about our online Post-Master's DNP program.

Online DNP-NE

Our BSN to DNP-Nurse Educator program is ideal if you have a bachelor's in nursing from an accredited program and are looking to

  • Design and implement innovative teaching strategies in a dynamic learning environment
  • Impact healthcare delivery and education systems
  • Improve nursing education

Learn more about our online DNP-Nurse Educator program.

Online DNP-FNP Program Curriculum

Below is a sample list of courses you will take while enrolled in the online DNP-FNP program. For a full list, please download a brochure.

NURS 610 – Advanced Pathophysiology 3 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on the interrelationships of human biological systems, biochemical, genetic and cellular concepts, providing the framework for the study of advanced pathological concepts. Case studies illustrate theoretical concepts and assist in the application of theory to practice.

NURS 614 – Adv Health Assessment 3 sem. hrs.

This course builds on the student’s knowledge and skills of basic health assessment and provides a foundation for the advanced nurse to evaluate the health of individuals across the lifespan. Theory and research-based methodologies and skills will be incorporated to assist students in the comprehensive assessment of individuals, including advanced communication skills such as clinical interviewing and focused history taking, psychosocial and physical assessment, critical diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making.

Interpretation of data for the purpose of differentiating normal from abnormal findings as well as for recognition of potential and/or actual health problems will also be addressed. This course requires 30 laboratory hours.

NURS 640 – Clinical Assessment & Management 3 sem. hrs.

This course builds on the student's knowledge and skills of Advanced Health Assessment, focusing on the diagnostic process within the primary care context. Evidence-based practice will be incorporated to assist students through the inductive process of moving from specific physical findings or patient concerns to possible diagnoses based on history, physical, and laboratory and diagnostic tests.

Students will be expected to synthesize diagnostic information in order to arrive at appropriate diagnoses and treatment plans. The course will require some lab time.

Prerequisite: NUR 614.

NURS 710 – Nursing Leadership Role and Ethics in Complex Health Care Systems 3 sem. hrs.

In this course students synthesize ethical theoretical leadership concepts with personal and professional values and gain an appreciation for the changing sociocultural context in which clinical leadership is practiced. Within a clinical context, working with multiple disciplines and stakeholders, communication, negotiation, and conflict management is addressed. Transformation of systems, informatics, demographic and cultural trends, and advocating for ethical decision-making are emphasized. Using principles of chaos and complexity theory, students will explore methods for assessing organizations, identifying emerging issues, and facilitating organization-wide changes.

MBA 723 – Healthcare Finance/Economic 3 sem. hrs.

This course explores healthcare specific financial policies and issues, analytical framework and economic transformation for financial decisions (such as investment and working capital), methods of financial management, insurance coverage and financing. In addition, the course focuses on the ability to apply economic and population health models to address health service issues and problems.