Family Nurse Practitioner
Leighton School of Nursing

Why should I become a Family Nurse Practitioner?

There has never been a better time to get started on your path to becoming a family nurse practitioner. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted the demand for family nurse practitioners will be higher than any other area of advance practice nursing. And with the shortage of primary care physicians on the horizon, FNPs are well-suited to help meet the healthcare needs of our communities.

FNPs provide high-quality, cost-effective care for individuals and families across the lifespan. FNPs emphasize health promotion and disease prevention, assess patients, order and interpret tests, and diagnose and prescribe medications in managing acute and chronic illnesses.

As an independent provider or member of an interdisciplinary team, FNPs practice in a variety of settings including clinics, hospitals, schools, university medical centers, urgent care facilities, and private practices.

100 Best Jobs

Nurse practitioners ranks #2 on the U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of the best 100 jobs.

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum totals 69 credit hours and prepares baccalaureate degree registered nurses to deliver acute and chronic healthcare to the individual and family across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

  • Our FNP program administrators are responsible for securing clinical sites and student preceptors to ensure quality measures and meaningful experiential opportunities.
  • A transition-to-practice immersion experience provides clinical training with the depth, breadth, volume and intensity necessary to deliver safe, quality patient-centered care as an entry level FNP.
  • Full-time and part-time curriculum options are available. Total program length varies according to student enrollment status.

Why should I choose Marian University?

  • Attend a "Best Regional University" in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of the top American colleges and one of Indiana's top ten private colleges in 2016 according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • Prepare to be a FNP at the highest level of nursing education.
  • Practice in the state-of-the-art Hill-Rom Simulation Center.
  • Develop your nursing practice under the guidance of expert faculty practitioners.
  • Learn in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Admission requirements

  • A BSN from an NSNAC or CCNE accredited program
  • Undergraduate BSN GPA of at least 3.00/4.00
  • Current, valid RN license
  • A 500 word essay addressing your career goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Interview with the Admission Committee

Program at a Glance

  • Credits

    70 credit hours
  • Enrollment options

    Part-time/full-time status
  • Admission type

    Regular annual summer admission
  • Accreditation

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

For more information

Bonnie J. Kruszka, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC
Director DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Program
(317) 955-6238


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