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. 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.

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 Bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale*.
  3. Successful completion of a 3 semester hour or 4 quarter hour undergraduate level Statistics course.
  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 BSN and attainment of RN licensure.

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 who are not required to take the pre-requisite courses need to 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:

 
Contact the advisor at your home school as soon as possible (prior to admission) for further information and assistance.
 
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
NURS 5609 Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum* 4
Total hours: 21

*Total contact hours- Advanced FNP Clinical/Practicum = 720

For consumer information on certificates offered by a TBR University, please contact your university campus directly.

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 Course Sequence of Study

Part-time

Part-time Fall / Spring

Spring (Year 1)   Fall (Year 1)  
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 2)   Fall (Year 4)  
5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3 5609 FNP Practicum 4
5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2    

Part-time Continuous (all three semesters)

Fall Semester Start

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

Spring Semester Start

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

Summer Semester Start

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

Full-time / Part-time

Full-time / Part-time, Fall / Spring

Fall (Year 1)   Spring (Year 1)  
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    

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

Fall Semester Start

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

Spring Semester Start

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

Summer Semester Start

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

Part Time Continuous (all three semesters)

Fall Semester Start

Fall (year 1)   Spring (year 1)   Summer (year 1)  
5603 FNP II (Adult Health) 3 5601 FNP I (Women's Health) 3 5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3
5604 FNP II -- Clinical 4 5602 FNP I -- Clinical 3 5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2
Fall (year 2)          
5609 FNP Practicum 4        

Spring Semester Start

Spring (year 1)   Summer (year 1)   Fall (year 1)  
5603 FNP II (Adult Health) 3 5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3 5601 FNP I (Women's Health) 3
5604 FNP II -- Clinical 4 5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2 5602 FNP I -- Clinical 2
Spring (year 2)          
5609 FNP Practicum 4        

Summer Semester Start

Summer (year 1)   Fall (year 1)   Spring (year 1)  
5601 FNP I (Women's Health) 3 5603 FNP II (Adult Health) 3 5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3
5602 FNP I -- Clinical 2 5604 FNP II -- Clinical 2 5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2
Summer (year 2)          
5609 FNP Practicum 4        

Full Time / Part Time

Full Time / Part Time Fall / Spring

Fall (year 1)   Spring (year 1)  
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 2)      
5609 FNP Practicum 4    

Full Time / Part Time Continuous (all three semesters)

Fall Semester Start

Fall (year 1)   Spring (year 1)   Summer (year 1)  
5603 FNP II (Adult Health) 3 5601 FNP I (Women's Health) 3 5609 FNP Practicum 4
5604 FNP II -- Clinical 4 5602 FNP I -- Clinical 2    
    5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3    
    5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2    

Spring Semester Start

Spring (year 1)   Summer (year 1)   Fall (year 1)  
5601 FNP I (Women's Health) 3 5603 FNP II (Adult Health) 3 5609 FNP Practicum 4
5602 FNP I -- Clinical 2 5604 FNP II -- Clinical 4    
5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3        
5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2        

Summer Semester Start

Summer(year 1)   Fall (year 1)   Spring (year 1)  
5603 FNP II (Adult Health) 3 5601 FNP I (Women's Health) 3 5609 FNP Practicum 4
5604 FNP II -- Clinical 2 5602 FNP I -- Clinical 2    
  3 5605 FNP III (Pediatrics) 3    
  2 5606 FNP III -- Clinical 2    

 

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