Apply for our 2020 cohort today!

 Apply today for our 2020 FNP cohort! Early application deadline: November 15, 2019.

Stop by the Graduate Fair at the Dining Commons, October 23, 2019!

Family nurse practitioner
Leighton School of Nursing

Why should I become a family nurse practitioner?

There has never been a better time to get started on your path to becoming a family nurse practitioner. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted the demand for family nurse practitioners will be higher than any other area of advance practice nursing. And with the shortage of primary care physicians on the horizon, FNPs are well-suited to help meet the healthcare needs of our communities.

FNPs provide high-quality, cost-effective care for individuals and families across the lifespan. FNPs emphasize health promotion and disease prevention, assess patients, order and interpret tests, and diagnose and prescribe medications in managing acute and chronic illnesses.

As an independent provider or member of an interdisciplinary team, FNPs practice in a variety of settings including clinics, hospitals, schools, university medical centers, urgent care facilities, and private practices.

Steps towards applying (FNP)

  • Starting application: Applicants must create an account through the Graduate Admissions Portal, select the program of interest, complete and submit the Graduate Admissions Application.
  • Sending supporting documents: Go to the instructions tab located in the admissions portal. 
    • Letters of recommendation and clinical observation forms must be submitted by the recommenders to
    • Official transcripts:
      • Electronic (preferred) send to:
      • Mailed to:
        Marian University
        Office of Graduate Admission
        3200 Cold Spring Rd.
        Indianapolis, IN 46222
  • A completed application, supporting documents, background check, and drug screen must be received by the graduate admissions office by April 15, 2020.

Prerequisite requirement

An upper level statistics course is required prior to matriculation in the program.

Marian University offers NSG 500 Biostatistics online during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. To register for this course, apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student through the graduate admissions application portal.

  • Click on the yellow link that reads "Apply now as a graduate student" and select "Non-degree classes – graduate" as your program of interest.
  • Once you are accepted, you will receive an email that explains the enrollment process. If you have questions about applying, please contact Graduate Admissions at

Admission requirements

  • A BSN from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00/4.00
  • Current, valid RN license
  • A 500 word essay addressing your career goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Interview with the Admission Committee

100 best jobs

Nurse practitioners ranks #7 on the U.S. News & World Report's 2019 list of the best 100 jobs.

Family Nurse Practitioner track

The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum totals 71 credit-hours and prepares baccalaureate degreed registered nurses to deliver acute and chronic healthcare to the individual and family across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

  • Our FNP program administrators are responsible for securing clinical sites and student preceptors to ensure quality measures and meaningful experiential opportunities.
  • A transition-to-practice immersion experience provides clinical training with the depth, breadth, volume, and intensity necessary to deliver safe, quality patient-centered care as an entry level FNP.
  • Full-time and part-time curriculum options are available. The Leighton School of Nursing cannot guarantee required courses will be available in the needed sequence when students select the part-time option.

Why should I choose Marian University?

  • Attend a "Best Regional University" in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of the top American colleges and one of Indiana's top ten private colleges in 2016 according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • Prepare to be a FNP at the highest level of nursing education.
  • Practice in the state-of-the-art Hill-Rom Simulation Center.
  • Develop your nursing practice under the guidance of expert faculty practitioners.
  • Learn in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Program at a Glance

  • Credits

    71 credit hours
  • Enrollment options

    Full-time/part-time status
  • Admission type

    Regular annual summer admission
  • Accreditation

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

For more information:

Linda Overholt
(317) 955-6297

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