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Family NP Major

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Admission Term and Enrollment Level:

  • Fall (MSN and Post-Graduate Certificate), Full-time or Part-time
  • Spring (MSN and Post-Graduate Certificate), Full-time or Part-time

Enrollment Mode: Distance-based


49 credit hours, including 728 clinical hours*

Family nurse practitioners serve as the primary health care providers in many settings. The family nurse practitioner (FNP) major in the Duke MSN Program focuses on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver nursing care to persons of all ages across primary care settings, including those in rural and under-served areas. FNP graduates are prepared for advanced clinical practice that involves individuals and families throughout the lifespan and across the health continuum.

* Based on State Boards of Nursing and/or State Higher Educational rules, the School may not be able to provide clinical placements in your location of choice or state, but every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your placement request. If you have any questions about this, please contact Ernie Rushing.

Employment Preparation

Clinical and state of the art simulation techniques prepare students for clinical practice in a variety of primary care settings such has family practice, internal medicine, community health centers, rural health centers and academic health care centers.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Program ranked #4 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Dedicated Pediatric and Perinatal Care courses for the FNP Student
  • Opportunities for clinical work in international sites
  • Faculty with extensive experience in clinical practice, teaching, and research
  • Extensive precepted clinical experiences in a range of health care settings
  • Options for choosing an area of specialization (cardiology, endocrinology, oncology, orthopedics, or HIV)

Learn more about our curriculum and matriculation plans.