Complete the Highest Level of Nursing Education with Liberty’s Online Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Liberty’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degree can help you pursue top-level roles as a nursing professional. This program provides advanced training in clinical care, with an emphasis on family medicine. You’ll be equipped to serve as a nurse practitioner (NP) in a variety of healthcare settings and offer family-focused care to many populations.
Learn how to synthesize academic knowledge with ethically sound nursing practices. At Liberty, you can receive a flexible education that’s also rigorous, accredited, and high quality. We can help you lead with excellence and integrity in your industry.
Partner with us and learn how to provide the best possible care to your patients.
What is a family nurse practitioner (FNP)?
FNPs provide comprehensive healthcare to people of all ages, usually within the context of a family practice or clinical setting. As an FNP, you can help your patients maintain health and wellness over a long period of time — and our DNP program can prepare you to do just that.
Liberty’s baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate are all accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additionally, Liberty is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Why Choose Liberty University’s FNP Program?
We’re committed to Training Champions for Christ — and we’ve designed our online DNP program with this goal in mind. At Liberty, you’ll receive affordable tuition rates, respected credentials, and mentorship from industry experts. Join us and prepare to take the next step in your career.
Flexibility | Most of our FNP courses are offered 100% online. That means you can complete your classes from the comfort of your home and easily access your books and materials whenever you need them. Most importantly, you can stay invested in the things that really matter — like your family, job, church, and community — while taking the next step in your academic journey.
Experienced Faculty | In this online BSN to FNP program, you’ll study under nursing professionals with years of real-world experience. Our faculty can provide valuable instruction and guidance that will help strengthen your expertise and boost your marketability. For some of your courses, you will have weekly online meetings with your professors, allowing you to further benefit from their mentorship.
BSN to NP Program Online | If you want to earn your nursing doctorate but don’t have a master’s degree, then Liberty University’s DNP program is for you! This degree is a BSN to NP online program — meaning you can apply as long as you have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and at least 1 year of professional experience. And, if you already have a master’s degree, this DNP also serves as an MSN to NP program online!
Practical Training | Liberty University’s online DNP program includes 3 residential intensives. During these intensives, you’ll have the opportunity to study at our beautiful campus in Lynchburg, Virginia, and gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art facilities. Additionally, you’ll get to connect in-person with other nursing students and faculty and build your network!
Military Tuition Discount
Lead your field with the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and reach the pinnacle of your profession — for less.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get a nurse practitioner degree online?
Yes! At Liberty, you can earn your DNP – FNP degree almost completely online. You will need to complete 3 residential intensives at our campus in Lynchburg, Virginia, but the rest of our DNP courses are offered 100% online.
How long is a family nurse practitioner program?
Liberty’s online nursing doctoral program can be completed in about 3 years. We offer a fast, flexible path to graduation that lets you further your education without uprooting your personal and professional life.
How long should you be a nurse before becoming a nurse practitioner?
To qualify for this online NP program, you’ll need to have a BSN degree and at least 1 year of professional nursing experience.
Why pursue a DNP – FNP degree?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average yearly salary for nurse practitioners is $115,800. This field is projected to grow 45% from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the average for all industries.* Earning your FNP doctorate is a great way to advance your career and take advantage of exciting, lucrative job opportunities.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners (viewed online October 2, 2020). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
Are online nursing schools legitimate?
Yes — as long as you attend an accredited institution, you can be confident that your online nursing degree will be respected in the professional workplace.
Liberty’s online doctorate in FNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). We provide a rigorous curriculum and hands-on training that can equip you for success.
How do online nurse practitioner programs work?
At Liberty, you can complete most of your DNP – FNP classes online. You’ll also attend 3 on-campus intensives and have weekly online meetings with your professors for some of your courses. Additionally, you will gain real-world experience by completing several practicums.
What Will You Learn in Our BSN to Nurse Practitioner Program?
This degree is broken down into 4 main parts: core nursing courses, advanced practice classes, project and practicum courses, and the FNP specialization. Throughout the program, you will explore the theoretical, clinical, and administrative aspects of nursing. With this knowledge, you can pursue many career paths at the highest level of nursing practice.
Learn how to design and implement innovative solutions to healthcare challenges. Our core DNP classes provide a solid foundation in nursing research, evidence-based care, interprofessional collaboration, translational research, and clinical prevention. You’ll also learn how to address various ethical challenges that arise in the healthcare industry. That way, you can make medical decisions that are morally and scientifically sound.
Within the FNP concentration, you will study topics like family nursing, global health, women’s health, and children’s health. You’ll complete extensive DNP and FNP practicums, allowing you to gain hands-on clinical experience. Additionally, you’ll write and defend a scholarly project based on original research in the field.
If you want to become a teacher or professor, we encourage you to enroll in our nurse educator elective series. These optional courses are designed to meet the National League for Nursing (NLN) nurse educator curriculum requirements. By completing these classes, you can further expand your marketability and career options.
Please note: In support of students and in compliance with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) requirements, Liberty University School of Nursing DNP and APRN Certificate programs work with students to provide precepted practicum placements. During this time of COVID 19, many hospitals and clinics have closed their sites to nurse practitioner and DNP students. This may lead to sites being unavailable to students for a time. This inability to place students in practicum sites may delay enrollment in practicum courses and ultimately graduation.
- NURS 716 – Applications of Evidence-Based Care
- NURS 718 – Informatics, Technology, and Trends for Transforming Healthcare
- NURS 733 – Women’s Health
- NURS 734 – Family Nursing I: Acute Health*
- NURS 735 – Infant and Children’s Health
- NURS 737 – Family Nursing II: Chronic Health*
- NURS 832 – Clinical Prevention and Biostatistics
*Course guide coming soon.
Highlights of Liberty University’s Nurse Practitioner School Online
- Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by BestColleges.com — and one of the top 10 online schools in America by Niche.com. Earning your DNP – FNP online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.
- Your success is our success, which is why we’re committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 6 years — and counting.
- This degree serves as both 1) a BSN to DNP online program and 2) an online MSN to DNP program. If you have practical nursing experience and either a BSN or MSN degree, you can apply to Liberty’s online FNP program!
- Liberty University’s NP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
- You can access a wealth of resources through our top-notch research portal while completing your DNP at Liberty University.
- Liberty University’s nursing programs are designed to help you graduate career-ready. To fulfill this mission, we’ve designed a top-notch curriculum based on cutting-edge research and biblical principles. Apply to our online DNP – FNP program today and prepare to become a Champion for Christ.
DNP Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Degree Information
- This program falls under the School of Nursing.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan for our FNP online program.
- View the Graduate Nursing Course Guides (login required).
- This program contains a mix of online classes and 3 residential intensives. Some online courses have synchronous login times.
Additional Doctor of Nurse Practitioner Online Program Information
Students must hold a current and active RN license within the United States.
Enrollment in one of Liberty University’s licensure programs does not guarantee a degree from Liberty or qualification for licensure. Students are responsible for meeting all academic and professional requirements for graduation. Further information regarding these academic and professional requirements are outlined on this program page and on the full admission page linked on the Admission Requirements tab. Students enrolled in a licensure program are responsible for knowing the material outlined for their program. Further, it is the sole responsibility of the student, not the institution, to obtain information regarding prerequisites for licensure as outlined by their particular state Board of Nursing.
Licensure requirements for any state are subject to change without notice. Liberty University is not responsible for knowing when changes occur. Additionally, there might be other states with unique licensure requirements. Please reference our State Requirements for NP and APRN Licensure page for further information.
Liberty University Online State Approval Disclosure
Students residing in the state of Washington are currently unable to complete their practicum within the state. However, it is possible for students to complete their practicum in neighboring states. Please contact the School of Nursing for more information.
The School of Nursing is unable to approve students to participate in practicums in the state of California. This is due to CA regulations which indicate that out-of-state nurse practitioner programs requesting clinical placements in a clinical practice setting must now obtain board approval. The board has not created an application or formalized process at this time. Students may be eligible for an appeal if they are able to complete the practicum requirements in a neighboring state.
Currently, Liberty’s DNP programs are not approved for students to participate in practicum requirements in the state of Louisiana. The LA Board of Nursing requires approval for all APRN programs and practicums. The School of Nursing will be seeking board approval; however, until granted, students are not permitted to participate in clinical/practicums in the state.
Potential Career Options with a Doctoral Family Nurse Practitioner Degree
Some of the roles you may qualify for after completing Liberty University’s nurse practitioner program include:
- Clinical nurse specialist
- Clinical researcher
- Family nurse practitioner
- Healthcare manager
- Military nurse practitioner
- Nurse advocate
- Nursing administrator
Admission Requirements for the Online FNP School Program
A regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions related information.
At this time, our DNP in Family Nurse Practitioner degree is unable to accept international students or students residing in New York.
In support of students and in compliance with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) requirements, Liberty University School of Nursing DNP and APRN Certificate programs work with students to provide precepted practicum placements. During this time of COVID 19, many hospitals and clinics have closed their sites to nurse practitioner and DNP students. This may lead to sites being unavailable to students for a time. This inability to place students in practicum sites may delay enrollment in practicum courses and ultimately graduation.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Admission application
- Application fee*
- Official college transcripts showing CCNE- or ACEN- approved BSN or MSN degree
- Current and active RN license issued in an approved state
- 1 year of professional nursing experience
- Documentation of APRN license and associated professional certification (if applicable)
- Clinical education prerequisites
- 1 academic, 1 professional, and 1 personal recommender contact information
- Consent to contact recent employers to verify 1 year of professional nursing experience
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- Statement of purpose
- American Heart Association BLS for healthcare providers with AED
- Proof of English proficiency
Students must have bachelor’s-level courses in statistics and research methods. Additionally, HLTH 501 or a master’s-level biostatistics course is required as a prerequisite to NURS 832.
*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses — documentation verifying military status is required.
Doctoral Nursing Information and Q&A Webinar
Below is an archived recording of the doctoral nursing informational webinar. Please note that this webinar covers all nursing doctoral programs. If you have further questions about a specific program, please request information.