Take your career to the top of the nursing profession through our BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner degree program.

With 30 years of experience, our fully accredited BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner program is known for its excellence in clinical preparation. As a student, you’ll gain a strong background in health promotion and disease management for acute and chronic health problems, preparing you to become a family nurse practitioner.

Take the First Step
Get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission.
We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

Projected 10-year growth in nurse practitioner jobs

Program Length

As little as 2.7 years


  • Online with week-long intensives on the main campus in Bismarck, ND

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Nurses who hold a BSN and want to become a family nurse practitioner with the authority of a DNP
  • Nurses who want to take an accelerated path from BSN to DNP

Career Paths

  • Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Educator
  • Public Health Program Directors
  • Health Policy Specialists
  • Chief Nursing Executive Officer
  • Chief Clinical Officer
  • Vice President of Patient Services

What You’ll Learn

The University of Mary has more than 30 years of experience preparing family nurse practitioners and a documented history of graduates who are nursing leaders and agents of change, promoting high quality and safe patient care. When you graduate, you will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate competence in health promotion, disease prevention, and illness management of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Use servant leadership principles to promote change in the delivery of care in the health care industry.
  • Act as a leader in knowledge translation and application of evidence-based practice through critical evaluation, synthesis, and integration of health information data and research findings.
  • Manage change among an inter-professional team for purposes of advancing health care quality among patients, populations, and systems.
  • Be aware of and responsive to environmental contexts that shape health care decision making.
  • Apply Benedictine values to foster spiritual integrity, human dignity, and cultural diversity to health care and improve patient outcomes.


Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

Human Responses, Clinical Decision Making and Diagnostic Testing (3 credits)

This course is an integrated approach to utilization of evidence-based skills in development of a holistic, high-quality, and cost-effective plan of care through emphasis of sound clinical reasoning with relationship to differential diagnosis, diagnostic testing, and laboratory investigation. Principles of intercollaborative communication, ethical influences, and cultural specificity will promote and strengthen critical thinking in primary care patient populations.

Common & Chronic Health Management (4 credits)

Knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and comprehensive physical assessment is integrated with principles of health promotion as well as management of common and chronic health problems seen in maturing adults. Collaboration models of practice within the rural and urban health settings are introduced. Evidence-based practice protocols are examined and utilized in the primary care setting.

Special Populations Clinical (3 credits)

This course provides the family nurse practitioner student a focused practical experience in the application of health promotion, clinical prevention, and health management of special populations through advanced practice assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and education. The clinical experience is designed to facilitate the reflection, synthesis, and integration of program coursework in clinical settings. The special population clinical challenges students to deepen their level of competence related to history collection, physical examination, diagnostic testing and interpretation and management of individuals with deviations of health presenting to the assigned specialty care area complementing their preparation as primary care providers.

For a list of courses for the Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, D.N.P. (BSN to DNP), please visit the catalog.

View a sample program of study.
View the student handbook for more information.

If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the doctoral program. The application deadline for this program is February 1 of each year. 

  • Official transcripts showing a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
    • Graduated from the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to registrar@umary.edu
  • Application/enrollment fee - This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.
  • Current unencumbered RN license

For more information about our admission requirements, please visit this page.

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