In modern healthcare settings, it’s not uncommon for nurse practitioners to fill the roles that were formerly reserved for physicians. As the shortage of primary care providers intensifies, family nurse practitioners are stepping up with the clinical expertise and credentials to fill the gap. And you can join them.
Choose Duquesne University’s online MSN‑FNP program, and you can gain the skills to interpret diagnostic information and deliver holistic treatment plans that emphasize both care and cure.
3 start dates
No GRE required
Earning a graduate degree takes your delivery of patient care to a new level — a deeper one. Family NPs are more involved with their patients, families, and community.
When you really get to know your patients, you actually discover more about who you are as a nurse practitioner. That’s just one of the many rewarding aspects of becoming an FNP.
She’s more than a lead faculty member at Duquesne University’s School of Nursing. She’s also an alumnus, having earned her BSN in 1990. She knows firsthand what it’s like to balance graduate school, work, and family. She’s passionate about educating the next generation of family nurse practitioners. And she’s ready to pass her knowledge along to you.
Director, Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner Program
Professor Crimm started her career as a clinical nurse on the Heart Lung Transplant Unit at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. After earning her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1997, she worked in a variety of settings, including:
Currently, Laura is working with several physician colleagues and nurse practitioners in a palliative medicine and geriatric practice.
She is a DNP student and maintains an active role in the advanced‑practice nursing community:
We are known for our personal touch with students. It’s what sets us apart. Our curriculum is built to prepare you for advanced practice certification — and you’ll receive regular, one-on-one support from our FNP faculty throughout the program. We’re on this journey with you. And your success is our highest priority.
Note: If you have previously earned master’s‑level nursing credits with a grade of “B” or higher, you may be able to transfer up to 9 credit hours and apply them toward your MSN at Duquesne.
|GPNG 523||Historical and Contemporary Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice||3 Credits|
|GPNG 524||Evidence Based Nursing Practice and Policy Development||3 Credits|
|GPNG 525||Organizational and Clinical Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare||3 Credits|
|GPNG 526||Health Care Ethics in Practice and Policy||3 Credits|
|GPNG 527||Clinical Prevention and Population‑Based Health Promotion||3 Credits|
|GPNG 528||Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing
Includes 25 hours on-campus residency and 50 precepted hours.
|GPNG 529||Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing||3 Credits|
|GPNG 530||Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing||3 Credits|
|GNFN 508||Foundations of Family Care: Women
75 precepted clinical hours
|GNFN 509||Foundations of Family Care: Infants, Children & Adolescents
150 precepted clinical hours
|GNFN 510||Foundations of Family and Individual Care I
Course includes 25 hours on‑campus residency and 200 precepted clinical hours
|GNFN 511||Foundations of Family and Individual Care II
225 precepted clinical hours
|GNFN 512||Transitioning to Advanced Practice Nursing||3 Credits|
Note: Curriculum is subject to change.
Understand a forensic nurse’s core competencies and role responsibilities and meet the objectives to provide trauma-informed care while bridging the gap between the law, forensics and healthcare.
|GNFO 518||Criminal Law and the Courts||3 Credits|
|GNFO 519||Advanced Forensic Nursing I – Theory and Practice||3 Credits|
|GNFO 520||Advanced Forensic Nursing II – Program Development, Leadership & Policy||3 Credits|
A concentration in nursing education can prepare you to teach in your area of expertise as an academic or professional nurse educator. The coursework also makes you eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator examination.
|GNED 507||Foundations in Education Theory for Professional Practice||3 Credits|
|GNED 522||Innovative Curriculum Design and Evaluation||3 Credits|
|GNED 532||Emerging Trends and Innovations in the Teaching of Nursing||3 Credits|
Prepare to deliver culturally competent care to patients by learning to care for vulnerable patient populations, minimize health disparities and understand your patient’s cultural beliefs when it comes to healthcare.
|GPNG 917||Transcultural & Global Health Perspectives||3 Credits|
|GPNG 921||Foundations of Social & Distributive Justice in Health Policy||3 Credits|
|GPNG 928||Social Justice & Vulnerable Populations||3 Credits|