Family Nurse Practitioner DNP: MSN-DNP Plan of Study

Master of Science in Nursing with Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN-DNP) Family Nurse Practitioner DNP

The Family Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice plan of study for registered nurses with a MSN, is responsive to the needs of working professionals. MSN-DNP students also have the option of completing a Master of Public Health or MS in Behavioral Health specialty master's in conjunction with the DNP degree. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for Family Nurse Practitioner Certification and will have completed the required coursework and clinical hours to meet the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Program Delivery

The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Role programs have a variety of delivery methods due to their interprofessional nature.

  • A key element of our program is the in-person intensives. These intensives provide time for you to work together and receive feedback from faculty and peers.
  • Our program is committed to accessible education for the working professional. However, clinical practicum requirements of the program require flexibility in your schedule.

The Nurse Practitioner Courses Are Offered In A Variety Of Delivery Formats

  • Some plans of study have courses which meet during the week during business hours or in the evening.
  • Some courses are offered in a blended format where the courses are offered one week on-campus and the alternating week online.
  • Some plans of study are offered entirely online.
  • It depends upon the specialty you choose to pursue to determine what specific course delivery you will follow.
  • Contact us for more information about program delivery.

The DNP Courses Are Offered In 2 Delivery Format Options: Online and On-campus

  • Both options follow the same course progression and requirements leading to the same degree.
  • You will generally take your Doctor of Nursing Practice courses in the second half of the BSN-DNP program. You can determine which courses are DNP courses in the curriculum plan as they begin with NURS. Choose your program plan of study option and refer to the curriculum plan for a course list.


  • In-person teaching intensives are every other weekend on Friday (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) during the day. For dates, see our Teaching Weekend schedule.


  • Our online option includes in-person intensives that are scheduled once a semester, Friday (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Clinical Practicum Hours

As a Doctor of Nursing Practice student, you must complete a total of 1,000 clinical hours during the MSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner program plan of study. Students are eligible to transfer in up to 500 clinical hours from approved master's level practicum coursework.

Estimated Cost

Please note that tuition rates and fees are subject to change and more information can be found about tuition and graduate student fees on the university tuition and fees webpage. The current estimated tuition costs based on the 2015-16 academic year rate is $1,245 per unit. You can expect to pay about $2,000 more in books and fees over the course of the program. In addition to tuition there are fees for graduate students including mandatory health insurance, Associate Graduate Students of USF (AGSUSF) of $50 per semester (Spring/Fall semesters only), and an applicable fieldwork fee of $100 per fieldwork course. 

Course Details

You can complete this plan of study in 3 years, or 8 semesters, depending upon how many courses are taken in a semester. Individual curriculum plans are negotiated between the you and your adviser. A detailed progression of the courses linked below will be provided to you in your acceptance packet or upon request.

Download the MSN-DNP FNP course list.

Course descriptions are available in the catalog.

Course list is a sample curriculum pattern and is subject to change.

Contact Info

School of Nursing & Health Professions

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-3627