The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration provides comprehensive primary health care services to individuals from infancy through adulthood. FNPs are prepared to provide care to individuals with acute illnesses such as bronchitis or headache and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. Additionally, they provide preventive health services, patient education, disease management, illness prevention, and other kinds of care provided within the context of family and community. Family Nurse Practitioners are among those who, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), contribute significantly to providing health care to underserved populations residing in both urban and rural settings.

Dual concentrations are not allowed in the program. Students interested in a dual concentration are advised to pursue a Nursing Post Master's Certificate. Post Master's Certificates are available in Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, and Family Nurse Practitioner.
 
On-Campus Meeting Requirements
Institution On-campus Meeting Requirements
Austin Peay State University NO
East Tennessee State University NO
Middle Tennessee State University NO
Tennessee State University NO
Tennessee Technological University NO
University of Memphis YES*
*All University of Memphis students are required to attend an orientation program on campus prior to the beginning of their first semester in the program. FNP students are also required to attend orientation for FNP I Clinical, FNP II Clinical, FNP III Clinical, and FNP Advanced Practice Residency. Currently, the orientation is 1 day in duration, but will increase to 2-5 days in the 2013 fall semester. Students must also return to campus on one other occasion during the semester for competency testing in each of the above FNP clinical courses.

 

MSN RODP Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Curriculum & Course Requirements

Course No. Course Title Pre- and/or Co-Requisites Semesters Credit Hrs.
NURS 5000 Theoretical Foundations Admission to the RODP MSN Program Fall, Spring, Summer 3
NURS 5001 Health Care Policy Admission to the RODP MSN Program Fall, Spring, Summer 3
NURS 5002 Advanced Nursing Research NURS 5000 Theoretical Foundations Fall, Spring, Summer 3
NURS 5003 Advanced Role Development Admission to the RODP MSN Program Fall, Spring, Summer 3
NURS 5990 Scholarly Synthesis/Research

To be taken in the last semester of study only.

Pre-Requisites: All MSN RODP Courses. Co-Requisites based on area of concentration: NURS 5209; 5309; 5410; 5609

Fall, Spring, Summer 3

FNP Concentration Practice Core Requirements (10 Required Credit Hours)

NURS 5101 Advanced Health Assessment Admission to the RODP MSN Program; Co-requisite: NURS 5102.  Fall, Spring, Summer 3
NURS 5102 Advanced Health Assessment - Clinical Admission to the RODP MSN Program; Co-requisite: NURS 5101.  Fall, Spring, Summer 1
NURS 5103 Advanced Pathophysiology Admission to the RODP-MSN program Fall, Spring, Summer 3
NURS 5104 Advanced Pharmacology Admission to the RODP-MSN program Fall, Spring, Summer 3

FNP Specialty Core Courses (17 Required Credit Hours)

NURS 5601 FNP I Women’s Health

NURS 5003, 5101/5102; 5103; 5104

Co-requisite: NURS 5601

Fall, Spring, Summer 3
NURS 5602 FNP I – Women’s Health Clinical

NURS 5003, 5101/5102; 5103; 5104

Co-requisite: NURS 5601

Fall, Spring, Summer 2
NURS 5603 FNP II Adult Health

NURS 5003, 5101/5102; 5103; 5104 

Co-requisite: NURS 5604

Fall, Spring, Summer 3
NURS 5604 FNP II – Adult Health Clinical

NURS 5003, 5101/5102; 5103; 5104

Co-requisite: NURS 5603

Fall, Spring, Summer 4
NURS 5605 FNP III Pediatrics

NURS 5003, 5101/5102; 5103; 5104

Co-requisite: NURS 5606

Fall, Spring, Summer 3
NURS 5606 FNP III – Pediatric Clinical

NURS 5003, 5101/5102; 5103; 5104 

Co-requisite: NURS 5605

Fall, Spring, Summer 2

FNP Practicum Requirement (4 Required Credit Hours)

NURS 5609 FNP Practicum

NURS 5000 Theoretical Foundations;

NURS 5002; 5003; NURS 5601/5602; NURS 5603/5604; NURS 5605/5606.

Co-requisite: NURS 5990

Fall, Spring, Summer

4
Total FNP Concentration Program Hours 46

Total practice contact hours = 720

NURS 5602 = 120 contact hours

NURS 5604 = 240 contact hours

NURS 5606 = 120 contact hours

NURS 5609 = 240 contact hours

NOTE:  The 5000 level numbering of courses for APSU, ETSU and TSU are cross-listed with the 6000 level course numbers at MTSU and 7000 level courses at TTU and the UOM respectively.


Disclaimer:  Course syllabi are samples only and may not reflect recent changes to course content or textbook requirements.


Link to Clinical Placement Guidelines

Special Instructions for FNP Students Regarding Clinical Preceptorships

A preceptor must be an MD, DO, Nurse Practitioner or a Master's prepared Physician's Assistant. A Nurse Practitioner must be used as a preceptor during at least one clinical experience.

  • Upon approval of the FNP coordinator and faculty of record, urgent care clinics can be used for up to 80 hours of the required 240 clinical hours in an FNP II (Adult/Gero) and FNP practicum.
  • Upon approval of the FNP coordinator and faculty of record, an FNP practicum student may attend 40 hours of the 240 required clinical hours in a specialty area of choice, not to include the 80 hours in urgent or episodic care clinics.
  • Effective Spring semester 2014, FNP I (Women's Health) clinical students must participate in and document the care of 10 pre- and/or postnatal patients.

FNP students are required to wear name tags at all times during their clinical preceptorships. Name tags can be purchased at an office supply company and should include the following information: Student Name, Student Home School, FNP Student

FNP Concentration Coordinators

Concentration coordinators are responsible for approving all clinical sites and preceptors. For questions related to approval of sites, please contact your respective coordinator.

Dr. Michelle Robertson
(APSU students)
 
Dr. JoAnn Marrs
(ETSU students)
 
Dr. Leigh Ann McInnis
(MTSU students)
 
Dr. Diane Campbell
(TSU students)
 
Ms. Emily Lee
(TTU students)
 
Dr. Belinda Fleming
(UOM students)
 

Sample Sequence of Courses for Part-time and Full-time Study

Sample Part-Time Course Sequence of Study (Fall/Spring/Summer)

FNP Concentration

Fall (Year 1) CHrs Spring (Year 1) CHrs Summer (Year 1) CHrs
5000 Theoretical Foundations 3 5002 Advanced Research 3 5101 Advanced Heatlh Assessment 3
5003 Advanced Role Development 3 5103 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 5102 Advanced Health Assessment - Clinical 1
        5104 Advanced Pharmacology 3
Total Semester Hours 6   6   7
Fall (Year 2) CHrs Spring (Year 2) CHrs Summer (Year 2) CHrs
5603 FNP II Adult Health 3 5601 FNP I Women’s Health 3 5605 FNP III Pediatrics 3
5604 FNP II Adult Health-Clinical 4 5602 FNP I Women’s Health-Clinical 2 5606 FNP III Pediatrics–Clinical 2
    5001 Health Care Policy 2    
Total Semester Hours 7   8   5
Fall (Year 3)          
5609 FNP Practicum 4        
5990 Scholarly Synthesis 3        
Total Semester Hours 7        

Sample Full-time/Part-time Course Sequence of Study (Fall/Spring/Summer)
FNP Concentration

Fall (Year 1)   Spring (Year 1)   Summer (Year 1)  
5000 Theoretical Foundations 3 5104 Advanced Pharmacology 3 5603 FNP II Adult Health 3
5003 Advanced Role Development 3 5202 Advanced Health Assessment 3 5604 FNP II Adult Health-Clinical 4
5103 Advanced  Pathophysiology 3 5102 Advanced Health Assessment – Clinical 1    
    5002 Advanced Research 3    
Total Semester Hours 9   10   7
Fall (Year 2)   Spring (Year 2)   Summer (Year 2)  
5001 Health Care Policy 3 5605 FNP III Pediatrics 3 5990 Scholarly Synthesis 3
5601 FNP I Women’s Health 3 5606 FNP III Pediatrics–Clinical 2 5609 FNP Practicum 4
5602 FNP I Women’s Health-Clinical 2        
Total Semester Hours 8   5   7

 

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