Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner

Ranked #46 for Regional Universities Midwest by US News & World Report

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

Approved Institution - National Council for State Authorization

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner

Your Pathway to Meaningful Leadership

In Walsh University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP-FNP) track, you will gain didactic and clinical experiences that will position you to lead patient care across the lifespan as you earn the highest credential available for clinical nursing practice.

Online BSN to DNP-FNP

In Walsh University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP-FNP) track, you will:

  • Prepare to deliver evidence-based care that focuses on the health needs of unique populations and cultures
  • Develop advanced clinical and leadership skills
  • Leverage health care technologies to transform health care
  • Promote health care policy that prioritizes the needs of patients

While earning your BSN to DNP-FNP, you will conveniently earn your MSN credential along the way.

Learn more by getting your program guide.


Online BSN to DNP-FNP Fast Facts

  • Choose a Convenient Pathway to Leadership
    • Complete your DNP in as little as two more semesters than earning an MSN (74 credits total)
    • Choose from three intakes a year so you can start when it makes sense for you
    • Balance your education while continuing to work full time
    • Take advantage of flexible financial aid
  • Learn within a Supportive Community
    • Join a community of nurses united by their passion for service through Judeo-Christian values
    • Connect with engaged faculty of experienced nurses and benefit from small class sizes
    • Receive proactive, dedicated support and one-on-one coaching to help you succeed

Walsh University Recognition

Reach your goals at a school recognized for its value and academic excellence.

  • #58 in Best Value Schools (U.S. News and World Report)
  • #46 in Regional Universities Midwest (U.S. News and World Report)
  • Ranked #5 in the 50 Best Nursing Schools in Ohio (Nursing Schools Almanac) 
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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.