Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) - Post Master's Certificate in Nursing

Campuses that Offer this Program: 
Austin Peay State University
East Tennessee State University
Middle Tennessee State University
Tennessee State University
Tennessee Technological University
The University of Memphis

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate program provides a formal program of study for Master's-prepared nurses interested in taking the national certification exam to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. To be eligible for the certification exam, students must "successfully complete graduate didactic and clinical requirements of a Master's nurse practitioner program through a formal Master's level Nurse Practitioner program in the desired area of practice." The FNP Certificate program offers a formal program of study to meet this need for students who already have the Master of Science in Nursing degree without requiring them to complete a second Master's degree.

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.

Admission Requirements

  1. An unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed*.
  2. An earned Master's degree in Nursing with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale*.
  3. Successful completion of individual graduate-level courses in Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Pathophysiology; and Advanced Pharmacology. 
  4. Graduate school TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score as required by your TBR university. Consult the graduate admission requirements at each campus for further details.


    TOEFL Score Requirements
    School TOEFL Paper-based score Internet-based score Computer-based score
    APSU > 500 or 61 or 173
    ETSU > 550 or 79 or 231
    MTSU > 525 or 71 or 195
    TSU > 500 or 61 or 173
    TTU > 500 n/a n/a
    UOM > 550 or n/a 210

*Applications will not be accepted prior to completion of the MSN.

Required Courses

Students in the FNP Certificate program will complete all courses in the Family Nurse Practitioner option of the Advanced Practice Concentration in the Master's of Science in Nursing degree.

***IMPORTANT NOTICE*** Students must be prepared with clinical sites and preceptors in the first semester. Visit the following links for current policies, preceptorship procedures, preceptor selection criteria, forms and submission deadlines.

 
 

FNP Post-Master’s Certificate Course Requirements (All Required)

Course No. Course Title Pre- and/or Co-Requisites Semesters Credit Hrs.
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 21
*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 current course content or textbook requirements.

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)

FNP Post Master’s Certificate Sample Part-time Sequence of Study (Fall/Spring/Summer)

Fall (Year 1) CHrs Spring (Year 1) 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
Total Semester Hours 7   5   5
Fall (Year 2)          
5609 FNP Practicum 4        

FNP Post Master’s Certificate Sample Full-time/Part-time Sequence of Study (Fall/Spring/Summer)

Fall (Year 1) CHrs Spring (Year 1) CHrs Summer (Year 1) CHrs
5603 FNP II Adult Health 3 5601 FNP I Women's Health 3 5609 FNP Practicum 4
5604 FNP II Adult Health-Clinical 4 5602 FNP I Women's Health-Clinical 2    
    5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3    
    5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2    
Total Semester Hours 7   10   4

 

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