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Family Nurse Practitioner DNP

  • Delivery: 
    Partially Online
  • Cost: 
    $973.75 per credit
  • Total credits: 
  • Credential: 
    Doctorate Degree
  • Admission GPA: 
  • Application deadlines: 
    Priority: October 15; Final: February 1
  • Campus: 
    Twin Cities
  • College: 
    School of Nursing

The Family Nurse Practitioner specialty of the DNP program prepares nurse leaders for health promotion and the clinical management of health conditions in individuals across their lifespan, within the context of their families and environment.

This program is accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 


Successful completion of required Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) FNP coursework and practice hours provides eligibility to sit for the FNP Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Program Format

The post-baccalaureate option of the DNP program is a three-year full-time program. All DNP students are required to come to campus for a four-day session (Tuesday through Friday) each semester that includes: core courses, enhancement programming, specialty courses, and meetings with their adviser.

In addition, beginning in the second year of the program, students in the FNP specialty are expected to be on campus one to two days every other week for coursework throughout the semester. Students also complete 1,000 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school.

Length and Commitment: Complete 900 hours at clinical sites arranged by the school. Complete an additional 160 hours in systems improvement.

Recommended 3-Year Program Plan
Recommended 4-Year Program Plan

International Students

Applicants who are not US citizens or Permanent Residents should understand that the University of Minnesota’s DNP program does not meet the requirements for eligibility needed to obtain the appropriate F-1 student visa or status because the DNP has limited (fewer than four) face-to-face on-site classes per DNP course. During the application process, we ask that international students use ECE or WES credential services for the evaluations.

Student Profile

Mark Romportl

Mark Romportl’s work at a camp for children with diabetes has had a lifelong effect on him. “It solidified my compassion for patients with endocrine disorders,” he said. That compassion—and desire to help improve the lives of those living with endocrine disorders—led him to his current position at an adult endocrinology clinic. There, he works with patients to help them better understand how to live with their conditions, from diabetes to thyroid disease to growth disorders.

While he enjoys providing one-on-one care, he found himself appreciating the population perspective as he completed his undergraduate studies in nursing. During his studies, he connected with a professor who was conducting research about Hmong community members’ views on exercise, as there were higher rates of diabetes within that population. This population-based approach resonated with Romportl, who hopes to continue that level of work.

He is seeking a DNP degree, with a family nurse practitioner specialty, to better help patients live well. He sought the degree, he said, because he wanted to expand his scope and have prescriptive authority. “I wanted to be surrounded by students who were whole-heartedly invested in their work,” said Romportl. “Their experiences are broad and their viewpoints are broad. They are leaders.”