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About the Christian FNP Degree

Why Pursue a Family Nurse Practitioner Degree at Cedarville?

Are you ready to take the next step in your career as an advanced practice nurse who leads with excellence and serves with Christian compassion? 

Cedarville's Christian MSN or DNP Family Nurse Practitioner program will prepare you to provide primary care across the human lifespan and use nursing as a ministry for Jesus Christ. Our affordable, accredited, and online nurse practitioner program includes assessment, diagnosis, management, and treatment of common acute and chronic health problems, health promotion, client and family education, and use of evidence-based practice for meeting the needs for primary care and prevention. The biblically integrated coursework will influence the care you provide as an advanced practice nurse.

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A limited number of $3,000 scholarships are now available to new graduate nursing students with financial need. Apply now to see if you qualify!

Top 5 in Ohio

U.S. News & World Report listed Cedarville University’s online graduate nursing program in the top 100 programs nationally and top 5 in Ohio.

For more information related to our MSN and DNP degree programs, visit our Insights Blog where you can read interesting posts like Balancing Job, Family, and Grad School: 5 Principles for Christian Nurses.

What Sets Cedarville Apart?

  • Biblical Worldview

    All courses are built on the solid foundation of Scripture.
  • Advanced Practice

    Cedarville's M.S.N. will equip you with the training and skills you need to serve as an advanced practice nurse.
  • Online

    All MSN and DNP courses are offered in an online format, with flexible part-time and full-time completion options.

Program Overview

MSN FNP Program Highlights

Convenient — All MSN and DNP courses are offered in an online format. Four required on-campus experiences include a Clinical Orientation prior to starting the FNP clinical specialty courses and during each semester of the clinical specialty courses.

Flexible — Part-time and full-time completion options.

Outstanding Christian Faculty — You will be taught and mentored by faculty members who have both high academic credentials and clinical experience. They are passionate about helping you use nursing as a ministry.

Affordable — Cedarville’s MSN FNP program has the lowest cost of all graduate nurse practitioner programs in the state of Ohio. The DNP program also offers an incredible value. Financial aid, including scholarships, is available.

What Can You Do With an FNP Degree?

The Family Nurse Practitioner area of focus prepares you as an advanced practice nurse to provide primary care across the human lifespan. As a graduate of the MSN FNP program, you will be qualified to seek national certification and employment as a family nurse practitioner.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

You will complete 800 hours of direct care clinical experience in various aspects of primary healthcare across the lifespan.

You will participate in four required 2–3-day on-campus experiences, which include face-to-face instruction of course materials and simulation experiences using our state-of-the-art, high- and low-fidelity simulators. As part of these simulations, faculty will guide you through clinical decision-making, gaining advanced practice nursing skills and competencies.

Admission, Costs and Aid, Start Dates

Admission Requirements — The first step in your graduate school journey at Cedarville is to apply for admission.

MSN Admission Requirements DNP Admission Requirements

Costs and Financial Aid — Your decision to pursue quality, Christian graduate education represents a valuable investment in your career and professional development. To assure your degree is also affordable, Cedarville graduate programs are competitively priced and can be supplemented with a variety of financial aid.

MSN FNP Cost Information DNP FNP Cost Information

Program Start Dates — You can enroll and begin classes in August, January, or May.

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Program Curriculum

You will complete 12 graduate nursing core semester hours, 9 direct care core semester hours, 20 semester hours of FNP specialty courses, and 3 semester hours of a graduate-level Bible course (if this Bible requirement was not previously satisfied with an undergraduate Bible minor or approved alternative).

See curriculum guides for further description of MSN part-time and full-time completion options.


MSN Curriculum

You will complete 12 graduate nursing core semester hours, 9 direct care core hours, 2 applied scholarship core hours, 22 hours of Family Care Nurse Practitioner specialty courses, and 3 hours of a graduate-level Bible course (if this Bible requirement was not previously satisfied with an undergraduate Bible minor or approved alternative).

See a helpful breakdown of part-time and full-time completion options for your MSN.


DNP Curriculum

BSN-to-DNP — You will complete 23 graduate nursing core semester hours, 31–35 DNP core hours, 22 hours of Family Nurse Practitioner courses, and 3 hours of a graduate-level Bible course (if this Bible requirement was not previously satisfied with an undergraduate Bible minor or approved alternative).

See a helpful breakdown of part-time and full-time completion options for your BSN-to-DNP.

MSN-to-DNP — You will complete 14 graduate nursing core semester hours, 31–35 DNP core hours, 22 hours of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner courses, and 3 hours of a graduate-level Bible course (if this Bible requirement was not previously satisfied with an undergraduate Bible minor or approved alternative).

See a helpful breakdown of part-time and full-time completion options for your MSN-to-DNP.

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

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Kim Higginbotham, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS

Associate Dean, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs, PNP Area of Focus Coordinator

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Cliff Fawcett, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, MED

Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) focus area, Associate Professor of Nursing

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Maggie Hess

Director of Graduate Recruiting - Nursing and Ministry Programs

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