Nurse Practitioner, Family, DNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

Millikin University's Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner DNP (FNP) is a clinical doctorate program that prepares BSN or MSN nurses to the highest level of clinical expertise and advanced practice nursing. Our students will receive personalized support from a dedicated nursing advisors and will be enrolled as a cohort group that will advance through the program together. In addition:

  • Cohorts begin each January
  • Part-time and full-time options offered
  • Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination and apply for licensure
  • Clinical rotations are arranged by Millikin University faculty

As the environment of health care in our nation has become increasingly complex, the nursing profession has responded by advancing a practice doctorate, which ensures that professional nurses have both the practice expertise and the evidence-based scientific knowledge necessary to impact positively the quality and safety outcomes for patients. In addition, the growing national shortage of nursing faculty who are prepared at the doctoral level can be improved with the increase of DNP-prepared advanced practice nurses.


Program Highlights

  • Classes delivered in a variety of methods including face-to-face, hybrid, and online.
    • First-year core classes are delivered in an online format that will allow the students to continue to work full time if desired.
    • Students will have face-to-face courses located in Decatur starting the second year.
    • Management courses are in-person with some hybrid components.
  • Courses delivered year round.
  • Theory and practice schedules are set by the School of Nursing in collaboration with its practice partners.
  • An advanced (graduate level) statistics course must be completed prior to enrollment.
  • Depending on your previous degree:
    • Maximum of 70 credit hours
    • 1,000+ clinical practice hours

How to Apply

The School of Nursing participates in Nursing’s Centralized Application Service (NursingCas). All materials will be submitted through NursingCas ( 

Recommendation Form for FNP Application

For more information, please contact our Graduate Recruiter Kathryn Hise at 217.424.3558 or email