Family/Individual Across the Lifespan NP

Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) are providers of primary health care and assume responsibility for promoting, maintaining, and restoring the health of individuals and families. The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration at the University of Delaware prepares nurses to provide primary health care to persons of all ages.

The University of Delaware School of Nursing DNP with specialization in Family Across the Lifespan prepares clinicians to deliver high quality care to patient populations across the vast primary care continuum. The program focuses on developing practitioners skilled in managing care of patients with acute episodic and chronic illnesses through in class and practicum experiences. Student gain knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention, as well as developing the skills needed to be primary care practitioners working with patients in a variety of practice settings. Practitioners are prepared to tackle the latest clinical challenges in the field and to provide leadership in integrated healthcare delivery models and interdisciplinary collaboration.


Clinical Requirements:

Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner (FNP) 81 credit hours and 1120 clinical hours (direct care: 784 /indirect: 336)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program admits students once a year. Applications and supplementary materials for admission must be submitted by February 1st for the summer/fall semester admission. Upon review, qualified applicants with completed applications will be scheduled for an interview prior to admission.

Admission Criteria:

Students will be admitted to the program based on enrollment availability, and their ability to meet the following minimum recommended entrance requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited School of Nursing (for Post-Baccalaureate Program).
  • A master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited School of Nursing (for Post-Master’s Program).
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (post-baccalaureate); a master’s GPA of 3.5 or higher (post-master’s).
  • Certification as an APRN (post-master’s)
  • Eligible for RN licensure in Delaware
  • A letter from Master’s program indicating the number of clinical hours completed.

Admission Requirements

  • A written statement of goals and objectives that clearly identifies the applicant’s career goals and how admission to the program will facilitate his or her professional objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation from an academic, employer and/or other professional source, preferably from those holding graduate degrees. All letters of recommendation should be uploaded by each reference person to the Office of Graduate Studies online application website.
  • Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam taken within the last 2 years (for non- native English speaking applicants only).
  • Copy of U.S. Registered Nurse (RN) license(s)
  • A curriculum vitae or resume.
  • A successful interview with the DNP Program Coordinator and members of the DNP Subcommittee.
  • Prior to the students first clinical course they must have completed one year of full time (or the equivalent) work experience as a registered nurse (RN).


Fall start: July 15