Program Overview

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) plan of study in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares registered nurses (RNs) with a baccalaureate or master's degree to function as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners in the FNP role.

Students are able to complete the program in​ ​four (4) years with a BSN and ​t​hree (3) years with a Master's degree​. ​Courses are offered year round​ consisting of online and classroom learning during fall, spring and summer semesters​.​ Students may remain active in their nursing careers while engaged in a rigorous academic curriculum thoughtfully balanced between online and classroom learning. Student clinical placements are facilitated by the FNP program.

As an FNP, you will be prepared to conduct comprehensive health assessments, diagnose and manage acute and chronic conditions, and serve as the primary health care providers in a wide variety of settings. DNP FNP graduates are further prepared to design models of health care delivery, evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage the health care needs of diverse populations, and use information technologies to transform the field.

The Family Nurse Practitioner DNP focus offers the opportunity to earn a Master of Public Health along the way, saving time and streamlining required coursework for the two degrees.


Master of Public Health Dual Degree Option

The MPH degree program is CEPH accredited and promotes community engagement, professional collaborations, evidence-based practice, and public health advocacy. This track helps nurses develop practice-oriented skills and competencies to promote population health.

  • Delivery format: MPH courses – Hybrid in-person or online; DNP and FNP courses - Hybrid in-person and online formats.
  • Time to degree: Bachelor's-prepared nurses – 7 semesters (MPH earned midway through DNP FNP); Four (4) years. Master's-prepared nurses - MPH degree completed along the way to DNP; Three (3) years.

The MPH-DNP FNP dual degree option enhances students’ population health leadership with exposure to the esteemed faculties of both programs.

Program Delivery

The nurse practitioner DNP plans of study have a variety of delivery methods due to their interprofessional nature.

  • The DNP program at USF is formatted as a hybrid program. Through direct instruction by faculty members we ensure a robust learning experience by combining in-person attendance along with online instruction. We are committed to accessible education for the working professional and continue to develop our program to ensure a quality learning and interactive experience between faculty and students.
  • You attend Teaching Weekends (Friday (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) For dates, see our Teaching Weekend schedule. In-person requirements for courses will be confirmed by faculty.

Clinical/Practicum Hours

DNP students must complete 1,000 supervised clinical practice hours. DNP PMHNP students complete approximately 1,000–1,200 clinical hours throughout the program. The number of hours varies depending on which plan of study students choose to pursue.

Upon completion of the program, you will have completed the required coursework and clinical hours to meet the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

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 schedule. The current estimated tuition costs based on the 2020-21* academic year rate is $1,480 per credit. You can expect to pay about $2,000 more in books and expenses over the course of the program. In addition to tuition, there are fees for graduate students, including mandatory health insurance, a $50 per semester (Spring/Fall semesters only) Associate Graduate Students of USF (AGSUSF) fee, and a $125 fee per fieldwork course (includes malpractice insurance).

*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 schedule.

State Authorization

Please check our State Authorization Status List for the states and territories from which we can enroll students in specific online degree programs.

Contact Info

School of Nursing & Health Professions

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-4124