BSN to DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner Option

Become a family nurse practitioner

Reach the highest clinical level of your career: family nurse practitioner (FNP).

Give better primary care to underserved populations. Diagnose, treat, educate and manage patients throughout the lifespan.

Thrive as an FNP at your practice.

Degree plan

Sample schedule

Complete your DNP in four years with full-time study.

Why take the family nurse practitioner option?


Hybrid format

Study on your schedule. This option has a hybrid format, where you take both online and seated classes.

Two DNP students practicing on a fake patient.

Get local experience

Complete your required clinical rotation at MSU Care, a primary care clinic that is a convenient on-campus option.

Student testing a patient's blood pressure.

Cost and quality

Get the high-quality education that you expect while saving on tuition costs.

Nursing students looking at tablet before class.

Gain certification

Be eligible and prepared to take the FNP national certification exam to practice as an FNP in primary care. Our students have a 100% first-time pass rate for this exam.

DNP student in uniform.
Careers and outcomes

A DNP degree enhances your career as a certified family nurse practitioner.


Here, you'll live by a code of ethics and adopt a culture of caring.


The BSN, MSN, DNP and  post-master's Health Educator and Population Health certificate programs at Missouri State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


Missouri State Board of Nursing: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (four-year BSN).