Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Type: Major
Program Level: Graduate
Department: Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner

Advance your nursing career as a family nurse practitioner with a holistic approach that emphasizes both care and cure.



The mission of the Mount Marty College Nursing Programs is to provide students with an integrated education in a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts setting and to promote personal character development, holistic professional and practical nursing expertise, and community service involvement. 


Caring for patients and people

As a family nurse practitioner, you’ll become a clinical expert in health promotion and disease prevention. You’ll apply cutting-edge science and manage the health needs of patients in primary care settings. Our program will prepare you with the knowledge and clinical skills you need to assess and manage common acute and chronic illnesses. But at Mount Marty, you’ll learn to not only provide advanced patient care but to also care for your patients with compassion, understanding, and a spirit of service—as part of our Catholic Benedictine values. And clinical experiences in rural and underserved settings mean you’ll be able to provide primary care to those who need it most.


Choose a program track.

Family Nurse Practitioner: Take your practice to the next level with a Master of Science degree in nursing and provide primary care for people of different backgrounds.

Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate: If you already have a master's degree in nursing, you are eligible for a family nurse practitioner certificate. After applying, we’ll assess your transcripts, coursework, clinical hours and grades, and course waivers may be granted. At the end of the program, you’ll be eligible for family nurse practitioner certification.



  • Skills you’ll use. After completing the six-semester accredited program, you’ll be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification examinations to gain licensure as a family nurse practitioner.
  • Convenient online and face-to-face courses. Coursework is both online and on campus. Most students enroll in the program while still working in their field.


Dr. Diane L. Smith
Chief Nurse Administrator and Assistant Professor of Nursing
Phone: 605-668-1437
Building: Bede Hall 
Room: BEDE-124B



Carol Stewart
Assistant Professor of Nursing and MSN Program Specialist
Phone: 605-668-1435
Building: Bede Hall 
Room: BEDE-321



Ashlyn Johnson
Assistant Professor of Nursing (MSN)
Phone: 605-362-0100
Room: NA



Wende Heckert
Assistant Professor of Nursing



Mary Holzwarth
Nursing Division Office Manager
Phone: 605-668-1511
Building: Bede Hall 
Room: BEDE-207



Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate Program

If you already hold a master’s degree in nursing, you may obtain the FNP Certificate. All students are eligible for the program following their application to the program and following a GAP Analysis (NFT Criteria, 2012) of transcripts, courses, clinical hours and grades. After advising sessions are provided to each student, students may be eligible for course waivers at the discretion of the Program Director. Upon completion of the Post-Graduate Certificate program, students will be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification examination for the Family Nurse Practitioner.


Master of Science

Major Course Requirements

  • NSG 500 Role of Advanced Practice Nurse
  • NSG 502 Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan
  • NSG 503 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan
  • NSG 504 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
  • NSG 506 Inquiry I
  • NSG 507 Legal/Ethical/Political Issues for APNs
  • NSG 514 Inquiry II
  • NSG 515 Capstone
  • NSG 550 Advanced Practice in Care of Families
  • NSG 551 Advanced Concepts in Care of Adults
  • NSG 552 Advanced Concepts in Care of Women
  • NSG 553 Advanced Concepts in Care of Children
  • NSG 554 Advanced Concepts in Care of Older Adults


Related Course Requirement

  • MTH 519 Introduction to Statistics – Grad Research


Program Completion Requirements

  • No grade lower than B in any courses
  • Completion of all required courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Satisfactory clinical evaluations and completion of program terminal objectives

Our Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Mount Marty College are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

One Dupont Circle 

NW, Suite 530

Washington, DC 20036

(202) 887-6791


We've prepared a few documents to make the application process easier for you. Please click the MMC FNP Application Packet button to download and fill out the necessary forms. Please make sure that you've requested official transcripts to be sent to the Mount Marty College admissions office.