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  The Summer 2022 DNP: FNP program application cycle opens August 15, 2021.

Family Nurse Practitioner
Leighton School of Nursing

Why should I become a family nurse practitioner?

There has never been a better time to get started on your path to becoming a family nurse practitioner. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted the demand for family nurse practitioners will be higher than any other area of advance practice nursing. And with the shortage of primary care physicians on the horizon, FNPs are well-suited to help meet the healthcare needs of our communities.

FNPs provide high-quality, cost-effective care for individuals and families across generations. FNPs emphasize health promotion and disease prevention, assess patients, order and interpret tests, and diagnose and prescribe medications in managing acute and chronic illnesses.

As an independent provider or member of an interdisciplinary team, FNPs practice in a variety of settings including clinics, hospitals, schools, university medical centers, urgent care facilities, and private practices.

Congratulations to our first DNP-FNP cohort!

100 percent of our Class of 2019 passed their certification exams and have been hired within the community!

Family Nurse Practitioner track

The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum totals 71 credit-hours and prepares baccalaureate-degreed registered nurses to deliver acute and chronic healthcare to individuals and families in a variety of settings.

  • Administrators will assist students in securing clinical sites and student preceptors to ensure quality measures and meaningful experiential opportunities.
  • A transition-to-practice immersion experience provides clinical training with the depth, breadth, volume, and intensity necessary to deliver safe, quality patient-centered care as an entry level FNP.

Why should I choose Marian University?

  • Attend a "Best Regional University" in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 list of the top American colleges.
  • Prepare to be a FNP at the highest level of nursing education.
  • Practice in the state-of-the-art Hill-Rom Simulation Center.
  • Develop your nursing practice under the guidance of expert faculty practitioners.
  • Learn in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

100 best jobs

Nurse practitioner ranks #5 on the U.S. News & World Report's 2020 list of the best 100 jobs.

Steps towards applying (FNP)

  • Starting application: Applicants must create an account through the graduate admissions portal, select the program of interest, complete and submit the Graduate Admissions Application.
  • Sending supporting documents: Go to the instructions tab located in the admissions portal. 
    • Letters of recommendation and clinical observation forms must be submitted by the recommenders to
    • Official transcripts:
      • Electronic (preferred) send to:
      • Mailed to:
        Marian University
        Office of Graduate Admission
        3200 Cold Spring Rd.
        Indianapolis, IN 46222

Prerequisite requirement

A graduate level statistics course is required prior to matriculation in the program.

Marian University offers BMS 511 Biostatistics online during the fall and spring semesters. To register for this course, apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student through the graduate admissions application portal.

  • Click on the yellow link that reads "Apply now as a graduate student" and select "Non-degree classes – graduate" as your program of interest.
  • Once you are accepted, you will receive an email that explains the enrollment process. If you have questions about applying, please contact Graduate Admissions at

Admission requirements

  • A BSN from an ACEN, CNEA, or CCNE accredited program
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00/4.00
  • Current, valid RN license
  • A 500 word essay addressing your career goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Interview with the Admission Committee

For tuition rates, please visit the Business Office "Tuition Rates" page.


The Marian University Family Nurse Practitioner Program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program enrolls only Bachelor of Science in Nursing students from an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) or CCNE accredited program, who meet all admission criteria annually.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program of Marian University Leighton School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Program at a Glance

For more information:

Linda Overholt
(317) 955-6400