Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Family Nurse Practitioner

Achieve the highest level of nursing education

The Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares actively practicing RNs to care for patients across their lifespan.

As a FNP student, you will be taught how to complete comprehensive health assessments, order appropriate diagnostic tests, complete advanced level procedural skills, manage and diagnose acute and chronic conditions and serve as a primary healthcare provider in a variety of settings. Students are able to design models of healthcare delivery, evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage the healthcare needs of diverse populations, and use technology and information to transform the field.

In addition, you will be able to provide patient care in a variety of practice settings, including homes, hospitals, offices, schools, community health centers, rural health centers, public and private clinics, and private practices.

Priority acceptance given to applications submitted by February 15th. General applications open through July 1st.


Tuition & Fees

Tuition is charged based on the number of credits taken per semester.

DNP-FNP: $898 per credit hour

You will also be charged a Program Fee and a Technology Fee each semester. In some semesters, you may be charged additional fees (such as simulation laboratory fees) that are associated with certain courses.

Estimated Program Fee: $375 per semester
Estimated Technology Fee: $150 per semester
Estimated Cost of Textbooks: $1500 per year

Other anticipated expenses for 2023-2024:

Loan Fees: $216
Housing and Food: $10,500
Books and Supplies: $1200
Travel: $750
Personal Expenses: $2250

Financial Information

Personalized financial assistance is available through the financial aid office.

There may be opportunities for tuition discounts if you are an alum or employee of CentraCare. There are limited opportunities for graduate nursing assistantships that could reduce tuition cost. Please contact the graduate nursing program chair at [email protected] for more information about tuition discounts or the graduate nursing assistantship.


After completion of the DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner degree, students are eligible to take the national certification examination in their Nurse Practitioner population focus of Family/Individual across the Lifespan. Further information about the certification exams is available at the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board websites.