Marymount University Online FNP Programs: MSN, BSN-to-DNP, PMC (Post-Master’s Certificate)

The Malek School of Nursing Professions at Marymount University offers an online family nurse practitioner master of science in nursing (MSN-FNP), a BSN-to-DNP (doctor of nursing practice), and a post-master’s FNP certificate (PMC-FNP). Coursework is fully online with two campus visits and local practicums.

Marymount University is a Catholic university, promoting intellectual curiosity, service to others, and a global worldview. The university seeks to educate the whole person, including the ethical, intellectual, and spiritual facets of each student. 

The graduate nursing programs prepare nurses to care for families with patients of all ages. FNP students study both acute and chronic illnesses and how to diagnose and treat common illnesses. The programs are ethics-based and teach students to make research-informed decisions for the care of patients. 

Each of the programs offers local clinicals with free clinical placement services. The program curriculum is modeled after the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing. Additionally, the curriculum follows the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Criteria for the Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs.

MSN and BSN-to-DNP applicants must have at least one year of full-time nursing work experience beyond their bachelor’s degree. Graduates of these programs will be eligible to take the FNP certification exams through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). 

Marymount University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The online FNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Marymount University is located in Arlington, VA.

What to Expect from Marymount University Online FNP Programs

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the MSN-FNP and BSN-to-DNP programs must hold a BSN from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. These applicants must have at least one year of RN experience past the bachelor’s degree. Post-master’s certificate applicants must hold an MSN. All applicants must hold an unencumbered RN license in their state of practice. 

International students must provide proof of English language proficiency and hold an unencumbered U.S. RN license. Course evaluations may be necessary for foreign transcripts or courses transferred into the programs.

Applications must include official transcripts, a resume or curriculum vitae, and proof of RN licensure in the U.S. No GRE is required. Other items such as a personal essay and references may be required.

State Restrictions: Marymount University accepts students from all states and Washington D.C with the following exceptions: students from California and New York are not eligible to participate in the FNP programs through Marymount. 

Students outside of Virginia should inquire with the Malek School of Nursing Professions at Marymount University and their state Board of Nursing to determine licensure requirements and out-of-state distance learning eligibility.

Study Plan: Start dates for the FNP programs land in the fall, spring, and summer. The MSN-FNP program can be completed in a little over two years on a part-time basis. The BSN-to-DNP program can be completed in a little over three years. The FNP post-master’s certificate can be completed in 20 months. Students attend two campus residencies during the programs. Clinicals are completed locally and free clinical placement services.

MSN-FNP Curriculum: The online MSN-FNP program comprises 45 credits plus 700 clinical hours. Courses include population health; advanced pharmacology; theoretical, ethical, and professional foundations of advanced nursing practice; advanced pathophysiology; leadership, quality, and ethics in healthcare; advanced assessment and health screening for the family nurse practitioner; healthcare data analysis; advanced assessment and health screening for the family nurse practitioner; introduction to primary care of the family; primary care of the family I-II;  evidence-based practice; innovative models of care delivery; and policy and advocacy in healthcare. 

BSN-to-DNP FNP Curriculum: The online BSN-to-DNP program comprises 70 credits and requires the completion of at least 1,200 clinical hours. 700 of these hours are gained through family nurse practitioner clinicals. The rest must be earned in the DNP practicum. In addition to the courses listed for the MSN-FNP program, BSN-to-DNP students complete epidemiology; research methods and applications; multivariate analysis; accounting basics for healthcare managers; residency; doctoral project; and independent study. 

Post-Master’s Certificate FNP Curriculum: The online post-master’s FNP certificate comprises 30 credits plus 700 clinical hours. Courses include population health; advanced pharmacology; advanced pathophysiology; leadership, quality, and ethics in healthcare; advanced assessment and health screening for the family nurse practitioner; introduction to primary care of the family; and primary care of the family I-II.

Online Experience: Marymount online programs offer mostly asynchronous coursework with some synchronous elements. Through the Canvas learning management system (LMS), students log in and complete assignments, take assessments, participate in discussion boards and access any synchronous activities. Students communicate with instructors through email, discussion boards, and during online office hours, as well as during the two campus residencies. 

Student services may include technical support, a student success advisor, online tutoring, career counseling, academic advising, library and bookstore services, and disability services.

On-Site Requirements: All three nursing programs require attendance at two residencies in Arlington, VA. The first residency takes place before the beginning of clinical experiences. Lasting two to three days, the first residency seeks to give an opportunity for practicing advanced health assessment skills. Students will observe and conduct a head-to-toe physical examination. In addition, students may work with genitourinary teaching assistants who will guide students in performing rectal, prostate, breast, testicular, and GYN examinations under their supervision. 

The second residency offers the opportunity to participate in a primary care patient experience in which common patient complaints and diseases are identified and addressed. Other activities include an OB/GYN workshop and skills practice, a simulation of office experiences in the primary care setting, and training for common office procedures. Students also meet with a Congress member to discuss health policy. All other coursework is online with local clinicals.

Paying for Marymount University Online FNP Programs

Marymount University charges $1,140 per credit plus any related fees. Interested parties should contact the Malek School of Nursing Professions for current tuition information as costs generally change from year to year.

Financial aid may take the form of federal Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS Loans according to the FAFSA, private loans, and outside scholarships and grants. Additionally, graduate nursing students may want to check with their employers as to the existence of a tuition reimbursement program or tuition discounts.

Marymount University

The MaryMount University FNP nursing programs offer an ethics-based approach to healthcare using evidence to inform care decisions. with local clinicals and two campus residencies.

APRN Programs

BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner

Campus Address

2807 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, Virginia 22207

Marymount University – BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

70

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, NY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

70

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$1,140.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$79,800.00

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$1,140.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$79,800.00

Marymount University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

45

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, NY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

45

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$1,140.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$51,300.00

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$1,140.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$51,300.00

Marymount University – Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

30

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, NY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

30

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$1,140.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$34,200.00

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$1,140.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$34,200.00

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.

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