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DNP Family Nurse Practitioner


The family nurse practitioner program prepares graduates at the doctoral level to provide comprehensive primary health care to individuals and families throughout the lifespan and across the continuum of health. Program emphasis is on health promotion, preventive health services, health education and counseling, and diagnosis and management of acute episodic and chronic illnesses to include prescribing medications and treatments. Interprofessional collaboration with the health care team is integrated throughout the curriculum.

Clinical and didactic course work at TCU prepares you for clinical practice in a variety of primary care settings, such as family practice, internal medicine, community health centers, rural health centers, academic health centers, nurse-managed clinics, school-based clinics, and retail clinics.

Graduates will be eligible for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB).

Clinical Experience

One year of full-time experience or its equivalent as a registered nurse is preferred.

*We currently accept students in the District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia. 

Program Highlights

  • Admission requirements
  • Online format
  • Spring and Fall term admission
  • 70 hours total (includes 1,000 minimum clinical hours)
  • Three-year track or four-year track available
  • Clinical practicum experiences with qualified preceptors take place close to home when possible
  • On-Campus Intensives for skills development (two required)

See the course catalog to learn more about our curriculum.