The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions
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Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner Track

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track in the DNP Program prepares registered nurses (RNs) with a baccalaureate or master's degree as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) in the FNP role.

A Post-Graduate FNP Certificate Program is available for the doctorally prepared nurse.

Graduates of the program are equipped to design models of health care delivery, evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage the health care needs of diverse populations, and use technology and information to transform the field.

Students are also trained to practice as family nurse practitioners (FNP). FNPs are prepared to provide patient care in a variety of settings, including: homes, hospitals, offices, industry, schools, community agencies, public and private clinics, and private practices. FNPs act both independently and in partnership with other health care professionals, and are focused on health promotion and disease prevention. They are trained to conduct comprehensive health assessments, diagnose and manage acute illnesses (with appropriate referral), and manage chronic conditions.

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The program comprises 80 credits over the course of approximately four years of study. It’s part-time and flexible with classes held one evening a week during the first two years then teaching weekends plus practicum hours. Students complete coursework in the Master of Science in Nursing curriculum during the first two years of the program. The remainder is dedicated to the doctoral degree and additional certification as a family nurse practitioner. It is offered at the USF hilltop campus only.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Each track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, (Executive Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Systems Leadership, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) is included in the accreditation of the DNP program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions.


Graduates meet the outcome competencies and practice standards of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. In the program, students complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice, complete the DNP qualifying examination, and complete an evidence-based practice project (which replaces the dissertation). The program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

More Information

Please contact Tamara White, Graduate Enrollment Manager, in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at (415) 422-3627 or