Sacred Heart University

College of Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner


Office of Graduate Admissions

5151 Park Ave

Fairfield, CT 06825

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Earn a clinical doctorate and expand your qualifications through the rewarding career track as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) at Sacred Heart University. The College of Nursing’s BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree educates nurses to become advanced practice nurses in the role of the family nurse practitioner. Our program is best suited for nurses with both direct experience in patient care and a robust clinical background but recent graduates will be considered.

Graduates are eligible to take a national examination for certification as a family nurse practitioner and to apply to practice in the expanded role in Connecticut or other states based on regulatory guidelines.

Upon graduation, successful board certification, and state licensing, Family Nurse Practitioners provide comprehensive primary health care to patients across the lifespan.

FNPs educate patients on health promotion strategies, as well as treat acute illnesses and chronic diseases. This includes taking histories, performing comprehensive physical exams, making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests. The FNP typically works in the primary care setting in private practice or in a community health center as a health care provider. 


The baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs in nursing at Sacred Heart University are accredited through June 2020 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120 or 1- 202-887-6791. All programs of study leading to undergraduate or graduate degrees (including online programs) are fully accredited and approved by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education Board of Governors and regionally accredited by NEASC, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 77

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 950 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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