May 16, 2021
Jenny Sauls, Director
Academic Advisor for MSN Program
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 (FNP). 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.
NOTE: The Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is being phased out. New applications are no longer being accepted to this program.
Admission to the program is based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the College of Graduate Studies admission requirements.
Additional admission requirements for the Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program include
- a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program (ACEN or CCNE) that includes satisfactory completion of the following courses at the master’s level:
- Advanced Health Assessment with a didactic and clinical component equivalent to 3-4 semester credit hours;
- Advanced Pathophysiology equivalent to 3 semester credit hours; and
- Advanced Pharmacology equivalent to 3 semester credit hours;
- residence in Tennessee;
- an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee;
- an MSN degree with an overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (conditional admission will be considered with a 2.9 overall MSN GPA);
- TOEFL score of 600 if native language is not English;
- an updated vita or resume;
- three signed letters of recommendation.
Students are advised to contact the graduate program advisor in the School of Nursing before beginning the application procedure. Applications are due by 1 October for spring admission, 1 February for summer admission, and 1 April for fall admission.
- submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official copies of transcripts;
- submit three signed letters of recommendation;
- submit an updated vita or resume;
- submit a copy of RN license.
- complete 22 hours of graduate nursing courses with a B or better in all courses,
- maintain current documentation within the School of Nursing document storage account, and
- complete an Advanced Family NP practicum.
Curriculum: Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner
Candidate must complete 22 credit hours of graduate nursing courses.
Total contact hours - Advanced FNP Clinical/Practicum = 975.