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.

 

Core Requirements (all required)

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NURS 5000 Theoretical Foundations 3
NURS 5001 Health Care Policy 3
NURS 5002 Advanced Nursing Research 3
NURS 5003 Advanced Role Development 3
NURS 5990 Scholarly Synthesis/Research 3
Core Requirements - Total Hours: 15

Specialty Requirements (all required)

NURS 5101 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NURS 5102 Advanced Health Assessment - Clinical 1
NURS 5103 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 5104 Advanced Pharmacology 3
Specialty Requirements - Total Hours: 10

Family Nurse Practitioner Courses

NURS 5601 Family Nurse Practitioner I (Women's Health) 3
NURS 5602 Family Nurse Practitioner I - Clinical 2
NURS 5603 Family Nurse Practitioner II (Adult/Geriatric Health) 3
NURS 5604 Family Nurse Practitioner II - Clinical 4
NURS 5605 Family Nurse Practitioner III (Pediatric Health) 3
NURS 5606 Family Nurse Practitioner III - Clinical 2
Family Nurse Practitioner - Total Hours: 17

Advanced Family Nurse Practicum Requirements

NURS 5609 Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum 4
Advanced Family Nurse Practicum - Total Hours: 4
Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty - Total 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

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 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 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 Study

The links below provide students with a suggested sequence of study based upon semester of program entry and part-time or full-time status.
 
 

Sample Sequence of Study

Requiring core courses first with 5000 as pre- or co-requisite to 5002

Part-time

Part-time Fall / Spring

Fall (Year 1)   Spring (Year 1)  
5000 Theory 3 5001 Policy 3
5002 Research 3 5003 Roles 3
Fall (Year 2)   Spring (Year 2)  
5103 Adv. Pathophysiology 3 5101 & 5102 Assessment & Clinical 4
5104 Adv. Pharmacology 3    
Spring (Year 3)   Fall (Year 3)  
5603 FNP II (Adult Health) 3 5601 FNP I (Women's Health) 3
5604 FNP II -- Clinical 4 5602 FNP I -- Clinical 2
Spring (Year 4)   Fall (Year 4)  
5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3 5609 FNP Practicum 4
5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2 5990 Scholarly Synthesis 3

Part-time Continuous (all three semesters)

Fall Semester Start

Fall (Year 1)   Spring (Year 1)   Summer (Year 1)  
5000 Theory 3 5001 Policy 3 5104 Pharmacology 3
5002 Research 3 5003 Roles 3 5103 Pathophysiology 3
Fall (Year 2)   Spring (Year 2)   Summer (Year 2)  
5101 & 5102 Assessment & Clinical 4 5603 FNP II (Adult Health) 3 5601 FNP I (Women's Health) 3
    5604 FNP II -- Clinical 4 5602 FNP I -- Clinical 2
Fall (Year 3)   Spring (Year 3)      
5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3 5609 FNP Practicum 4    
5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2 5990 Scholarly Synthesis 3    

Spring Semester Start

Spring (Year 1)   Summer (Year 1)   Fall (Year 1)  
5000 Theory 3 5001 Policy 3 5104 Pharmacology 3
5002 Research 3 5003 Roles 3 5103 Pathophysiology 3
Spring (Year 2)   Summer (Year 2)   Fall (Year 2)  
5101 & 5102 Assessment & Clinical 4 5603 FNP II (Adult Health) 3 5601 FNP I (Women's Health) 3
    5604 FNP II -- Clinical 4 5602 FNP I -- Clinical 2
Spring (Year 3)   Summer (Year 3)      
5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3 5609 FNP Practicum 3    
5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2 5990 Scholarly Synthesis 3    

Summer Semester Start

Summer (Year 1)   Fall (Year 1)   Spring (Year 1)  
5000 Theory 3 5003 Roles 3 5104 Pharmacology 3
5002 Research 3 5001 Policy 3 5103 Pathophysiology 3
Summer (Year 2)   Fall (Year 2)   Spring (Year 2)  
5101 & 5102 Assessment & Clinical 4 5603 FNP II (Adult Health) 3 5601 FNP I (Women's Health) 3
    5604 FNP II -- Clinical 4 5602 FNP I -- Clinical 2
Summer (Year 3)   Fall (Year 3)      
5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3 5609 FNP Practicum 4    
5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2 5990 Scholarly Synthesis 3    

Full-time / Part-time

Full-time / Part-time, Fall / Spring

Fall (Year 1)   Spring (Year 1)  
5000 Theory 3 5101 & 5102 Assessment & Clinical 4
5001 Policy 3 5103 Pathophysiology 3
5002 Research 3 5104 Pharmacology 3
5003 Roles 3    
Fall (Year 2)   Spring (Year 2)  
5601 FNP I (Women's Health) 3 5603 FNP II (Adult Health) 3
5602 FNP I -- Clinical 2 5604 FNP II -- Clinical 4
5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3    
5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2    
Fall (Year 3)      
5609 FNP Practicum 4    
5990 Scholarly Synthesis 3    

Full-time / Part-time Continuous (all three semesters)

Fall Semester Start

Fall (Year 1)   Spring (Year 1)   Summer (Year 1)  
5000 Theory 3 5101 & 5102 Assessment & Clinical 4 5603 FNP II (Adult Health) 3
5001 Policy 3 5103 Pathophysiology 3 5604 FNP II -- Clinical 4
5002 Research 3 5104 Pharmacology 3    
5003 Roles 3        
Fall (Year 2)   Spring (Year 2)      
5601 FNP I (Women's Health) 3 5609 FNP Practicum 4    
5602 FNP I -- Clinical 2 5990 Scholarly Synthesis 3    
5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3        
5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2        

Spring Semester Start

Spring (Year 1)   Summer (Year 1)   Fall (Year 1)  
5000 Theory 3 5101 & 5102 Assessment & Clinical 4 5601 FNP I (Women's Health) 3
5001 Policy 3 5103 Pathophysiology 3 5602 FNP I -- Clinical 2
5002 Research 3 5104 Pharmacology 3 5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3
5003 Roles 3     5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2
Spring (Year 2)   Summer (Year 2)      
5603 FNP II (Adult Health) 3 5609 FNP Practicum 4    
5604 FNP II -- Clinical 4 5990 Scholarly Synthesis 3    

Summer Semester Start

Summer (Year 1)   Fall (Year 1)   Spring (Year 1)  
5001 Policy 3 5000 Theory 3 5601 FNP I (Women's Health) 3
5101 & 5102 Assessment & Clinical 4 5002 Research 3 5602 FNP I -- Clinical 2
5103 Pathophysiology 3 5104 Pharmacology 3 5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3
    5003 Roles 3 5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2
Summer (Year 2)   Fall (Year 2)      
5603 FNP II (Adult Health) 3 5609 FNP Practicum 4    
5604 FNP II -- Clinical 4 5990 Scholarly Synthesis 3    

 

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