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Earn your DNP online from a leader in doctoral nursing education.1

Healthier communities start with healthier families. In our DNP family nurse practitioner specialization, you’ll explore how to assess, diagnose, and treat patients of all ages. Work with children, adolescents, and adults to maintain health and wellness throughout their life span. Learn to treat the whole patient by understanding the various factors that impact their health.

A DNP-FNP program prepares nurses to manage disease prevention, health promotion, and restorative care in patients from birth through older adulthood. As a graduate of this online DNP-FNP program, you’ll be academically prepared to sit for the national family nurse practitioner certification exam.

Treat Patients at All Stages

Focus on the proactive diagnosis and management of primary healthcare needs for children, adolescents, and adults.

Be an Advocate for Women

Promote health and wellness in your female patients by providing comprehensive and personalized information, diagnoses, and treatment.

Practicum Advantage

Get the support you need for a successful experience at all stages of your nursing practicum.

Start With Your BSN

Many of our DNP specializations offer a BSN entry point if you’re ready to move your education forward but don’t have your MSN.

Join Walden Grand Rounds

Meet virtually with faculty and classmates to critically examine real-life scenarios you’ll encounter in your specialty.

Program Savings

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Personalized Practicum Support

Caroline SanchezWe know how valuable practicums are to your learning experience and career goals. That’s why we are committed to Practicum Advantage™—a collaborative process of coaching, resources, and self-help tools to help you identify local sites that match your needs.

Your Doctoral Journey

At Walden, we’ll guide you every step of the way with a comprehensive suite of support resources designed to help you confidently pursue the finish line, including our Doctoral Degree CoachTM. Are you ready to reach a higher level in your field?

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Choose the Path That Is Right for You

Choose the BSN to DNP track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have earned your bachelor’s in nursing degree.

Choose the MSN to DNP track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have earned your master’s in nursing degree.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations (BSN-DNP track): You must have a current, active RN license, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or equivalent from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements.

Program Admission Considerations (MSN-DNP track): You must have a current, active RN license, a Master of Science in Nursing or equivalent from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts.

Explore Real-Life Clinical Scenarios With Walden Grand Rounds

''As a nurse practitioner student at Walden, you can take part in Walden Grand Rounds several times throughout the quarter. Meet virtually with faculty and classmates to review clinical patient scenarios that are focused on assessing, differentiating, and treating pathological conditions. This is a unique opportunity to connect what you’ve learned in class with real-life situations and challenges you’ll encounter in the field as an NP.

Be a Catalyst for Healthier Communities

In Walden’s DNP Family Nurse Practitioner specialization, you’ll discover how to reach your potential as a clinician and healthcare change agent. Examine the importance of providing holistic, evidence-based care to patients from birth to end of life. Learn to use advanced clinical judgment to diagnose and treat illness, advocate for patients, and encourage them to live healthier lives.

Walden practicum coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your DNP-FNP practicum requirements. Explore our FAQ document for answers to some of the most common questions.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Nancy Moss

    Program Director

    With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Moss is a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner (FNP). With deep expertise in online learning, she has developed and implemented curricula for various nursing programs, including a university nurse-midwifery program and nurse-midwifery practices for rural communities.

  • Deborah Lewis

    Deborah Lewis

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Lewis has extensive experience in teaching nursing and informatics courses and has coordinated and been an instructor in healthcare informatics academic programs. Dr. Lewis also has worked as a researcher in the area of consumer health informatics.

  • Maria Ojeda

    Maria Ojeda

    Core Faculty

    Prior to joining Walden, Dr. Ojeda worked as a nurse scientist at a major hospital system. She is a nationally certified family nurse practitioner, licensed in the state of Florida since 1999. Her clinical experience is in adult medicine, geriatrics, employee/occupational health, and women’s health.

Career Outlook

As a registered nurse, you’re more than a caregiver. You’re a champion of equitable, and accessible healthcare for all. With a DNP-FNP program, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to have clinical autonomy and oversee your own patients. Open the door to new opportunities—and a new future. Become a catalyst for better outcomes in your healthcare facility and community.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for NPs are expected to soar 52% through 2030—a rate much faster than average for all occupations.2

A DNP FNP specialization can academically prepare you to work in settings and areas such as:

  • Private practice
  • Healthcare systems
  • Universities
  • Community health centers

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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