Marymount University Graduate Nursing Programs (M.S.N. and D.N.P.)

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Specialize as a Family Nurse Practitioner  

Marymount’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is a specialized course of study to prepare students to be a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).  Students are trained in the primary care of individuals and families. An in-depth study is made of health, as well as common acute and chronic illnesses throughout the life cycle. Laboratory and clinical experiences are provided to develop competence in the diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses.

The program is 45 credits and includes 700 direct patient care clinical hours.  Students can complete the program at a full-time (5 semesters) or part-time (7 semester) pace.

This degree program prepares graduates to sit for nationally recognized certification examinations offered by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

  • 100% of our 2018 graduates passed their certification examination on their first attempt

  • Apply to our graduate nursing programs via NursingCAS


Instruction & Clinical 
  • The MSN program utilizes multiple instruction methods including on campus or audio-video conference options, synchronous learning, standardized patients, and hands on laboratory instruction.  
  • Our small cohort size fosters collegiality, collaboration, and professional success.
  • Students complete their required clinical practicums in health care settings throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Marymount University is affiliated with numerous health care agencies and clinical sites throughout the National Capital Region. These partnerships provide students with rich opportunities  to participate in advanced nursing practice. Students are prepared to provide compassionate, skilled primary care to diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  • Marymount’s family nurse practitioner curriculum is designed and based upon the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing as well as "The Criteria for the Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs" from the National Organization of Nursing Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).
  • The Master's degree program in Nursing at Marymount University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Marymount’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program provides the highest credential in nursing practice and prepares professionals to assume leadership roles in the health care system.  The program emphasizes quality instruction in evidence-based practice, health care policy, leadership and epidemiology.  Graduates are expert clinicians, prepared to serve as nursing leaders and change agents in the complex and rapidly evolving health care environment.
There are two ways to achieve your DNP at Marymount:

  • BSN to DNP is for BSN prepared nurses who wish to obtain their DNP and complete the required course and clinical work to specialize as a Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Credits  75 credits
    • Full-time: 8 semester
    • Part-time: 11 semesters
    • 700 direct patient care hours & 500 project hours
  • Post-master’s DNP is for students who already hold a masters degree in nursing
    • Credits 31-35 credits
    • Part-time: 6 semesters
    • 1,000 post-baccalaureate practice hours (500 can be carried over from previous MSN degree)

The DNP specific courses are offered in an executive format that combines independent asynchronous learning with virtual online meetings through audio video conferencing culminating in a two-day on-campus executive experience at the end of each semester.  Small cohort sizes foster collegiality, collaboration and professional success.
Marymount University is affiliated with  numerous  health care agencies and clinical sites throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia area. These partnerships provide students with rich practice opportunities in clinical settings.  Close proximity to the nation’s capital opens students to experiences with lobbyists, health care policy makers and nursing executives as courses with residency requirements are completed. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Marymount University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,




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