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 the lifespan. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Official transcripts:
- Electronic (preferred) send to: email@example.com
- Mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admission
3200 Cold Spring Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46222
- A completed application, supporting documents, background check, and drug screen must be received by the graduate admissions office by April 15, 2020.
An upper level statistics course is required prior to matriculation in the program.
Marian University offers NSG 500 Biostatistics online during the fall, spring, and summer 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 GRadmissions@marian.edu
- A BSN from an ACEN 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
The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum totals 71 credit-hours and prepares baccalaureate degreed registered nurses to deliver acute and chronic healthcare to the individual and family across the lifespan in a variety of settings.
- Our FNP program administrators are responsible for 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.
- Full-time and part-time curriculum options are available. The Leighton School of Nursing cannot guarantee required courses will be available in the needed sequence when students select the part-time option.