Family Nurse Practitioner ( FNP) Program

One Common Core – Multiple Paths to Success

RNs seeking to advance in their career now have a flexible way to develop their expertise to become a nurse practitioner, professional nurse leader, or nursing educator, leading to advance practice roles. Our post-baccalaureate degree programs now share a common 24-credit core curriculum—12 credits of graduate core and 12 credits of advanced nursing science core, which includes advanced patho, pharm, and physical assessment—the foundation for your subsequent 18-credit chosen area of specialization. Once you complete your first degree objective, you can apply for a program to be certified in another specialty.

Advance your practice with our renowned Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program

Pace’s Family Nurse Practitioner program offers a 42-credit Master’s of Science degree, and a 78-credit advanced standing FNP-DNP. This allows you to complete the MS-FNP and begin practice as an FNP, or if you are already a master’s prepared FNP, to apply to continue on and complete additional courses for your FNP-DNP. Pace also offers a certificate of advanced graduate study for master’s prepared nurses who wish to pursue family nurse practitioner studies (36 credits), as well as nurse practitioners who wish to expand their practice through family nurse practitioner education and certification (credits determined by a Gap Analysis).

·         A unique blend of online and on-campus classes, and individually precepted clinical practicum hours in diverse healthcare settings.

·          A leader in the field—Pace’s FNP was one of the first programs of its kind to focus on family and primary healthcare and prepare you for the FNP role.

·         Our FNP program will prepare you to deliver evidence-based, culturally competent primary health care to individuals within the context of family and community.


Doctor of Nursing Practice (FNP-DNP) Program

Prepare yourself to be a clinical leader in primary healthcare with Lienhard’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program.

Our DNP graduates are sought by top area facilities as they assume leadership roles in primary healthcare delivery, with the necessary expertise to manage the complexity of new models of care.

·         Executive format—Allows you to maintain your career trajectory while completing your degree in three years with five on-campus meetings per semester.

·         Opportunities—You’ll have the opportunity to be published internationally before graduation.

·         Innovative curriculum—Meets the eight essential areas identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for the DNP.

·         Highly interactive and technologically advanced—Hybrid model of online and in-person coursework creates a regular feedback loop throughout the learning process and educates graduates whose practice incorporates the meaningful use of health information technology.


DNP Bridge Program

Although the Pace FNP-DNP Program is designed for family nurse practitioners (FNPs), Pace now has an option for primary care, adult, pediatric, geriatric, and women’s health nurse practitioners with master’s degrees who wish to obtain FNP certification as an FNP-DNP. If you are interested in this option, you will need to meet with the FNP-DNP Program Director who will conduct a gap analysis to determine what additional clinical courses and precepted clinical hours will be required.


Common Core


Graduate Nursing Core


NURS 801

Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing


NURS 802

Leadership for Advanced Nursing


NURS 803

Advanced Nursing in Primary Health Care


NURS 804

Scholarly Inquiry in Advanced Nursing



Advanced Nursing Science Core


NURS 681

Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses


NURS 682

Clinical Pharmacology for Prescribing Advanced Practice Nurses


NURS 640

Advanced Physical Assessment

(60 clinical lab hours)


lab hours 60

Total Common Core credits




Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization**





Common Graduate Core


Family Nurse Practitioner 



NURS 650

Advanced Theory and Practice I for Family Nurse Practitioners


NURS 660

Advanced Theory and Practice II for Family Nurse Practitioners


NURS 671

Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (110 clinical hours)


NURS 672

Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (110 clinical hours)


NURS 673

Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum III (110 clinical hours)


NURS 674

Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum IV (110 clinical hours)


NURS 675

Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum V(110 clinical hours)


Total Credits

Conferral of Master’s Degree after 42 credits and a minimum of 550 supervised clinical practicum hours across the family population foci





Advanced Standing DNP




MS* in nursing with family nurse practitioner specialization


NURS 830       

Health Care Policy: Strategic Action


NURS 840       

Teaching and Learning in Advanced Practice Nursing


NURS 860       

EBP Methods & Techniques                                                                            


NURS 870       

Health Care Economics and Finance for Advanced Practice Nursing 


NURS 880       

Technology and Information Systems for Advanced Practice Nursing


NURS 900A    

Mentorship IA: Doctoral Project       (1 seminar/ 2 clinical 140 hours)


NURS 900B   

Mentorship IB: Doctoral Project       (1 seminar/ 2 clinical 140 hours)                                                          


NURS 850     

Ethical Choices and Legal Context for the Advanced Practice Nurse


NURS 910     

Mentorship II: Doctoral Project  (6/ 3 seminar & 3 clinical 170 hours)



Minimum of 78 credits and 1,000 supervised clinical hours for FNP-DNP conferral





*NURS 803 & 804 required for all non-Pace graduates & Pace graduates who did not complete these courses in their curriculum

** Pace offers a certificate of advanced graduate study for master’s prepared nurses who wish to pursue family nurse practitioner studies (36 credits, and includes NURS 803, 804, 681, 682, 640, 650, 660, and 671-675), as well as nurse practitioners who wish to expand their practice though family nurse practitioner education and certification (credits determined by a Gap Analysis).