MSN Family Nurse Practitioner to Doctor of Nursing Practice

This Dual Credit Advantage degree option provides current Wilmington University MSN Family Nurse Practitioner students the opportunity to take two selected DNP courses while enrolled in the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program:

DNP 7000           Bioethics for Advanced Nursing Practice
DNP 7106           Healthcare Informatics

Students, therefore, accelerate completion of the DNP program following successful completion of the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program. By participating in this option and completing the two selected courses above and the two required DNP courses in the MSN Family NP curriculum (DNP 7101: Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice and DNP 7104: Politics and Policy in the Healthcare System), the number of credits required to complete the DNP program at Wilmington University, following graduation from the MSN program, is 21 and will take 16 to 20 months to complete, as opposed to the traditional 33 credits over 28 months.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Completion of all MSN Family Nurse Practitioner courses with the exception of MSN 8223: Practicum III, MSN 8330: Practicum IV, and MSN 8343: Practicum V courses

2. GPA of 3.0 or greater

3. Letter of recommendation from a doctorally prepared professional (i.e. EdD, PhD, DNP, MD, etc.)

4. Goals statement (see page four of intent form for instructions)


The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner to DNP Intent Form is located in the College of Health Professions and Natural Sciences MSN NP Student Organization site. Upon submission of the intent to enroll form, the MSN NP and DNP Program Chairs will ensure that the eligibility criteria are met. If the eligibility criteria are met, students will be contacted by the DNP Program Chair to assist with appropriate course sequencing, advisement, and preparation for doctoral study.

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.