May 25, 2024  
2020-21 Graduate Catalog 
2020-21 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), M.S.N.

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Jenny Sauls, Director
(615) 904-8488

Academic Advisor for MSN Program
(615) 898-5252

Courses are offered each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer). All courses are taught in the online learning environment.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner requires

  1. residence in Tennessee;
  2. an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee;
  3. a bachelor’s degree in nursing with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (conditional admission will be considered with a 2.9 overall B.S.N. GPA);
  4. successful completion of a 3-semester-hour or 4-quarter-hour undergraduate level statistics course;
  5. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if needed.

Application Procedures

Students are advised to contact the graduate program advisor in the School of Nursing before beginning the application procedure. Applications are due by October 1 for spring admission and April 1 for fall admission.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
  2. submit official copies of transcripts including all universities attended;
  3. submit three signed letters of recommendation;
  4. submit an updated vita or resume;
  5. submit a copy of R.N. license.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing requires completion of a minimum of 42 semester hours.

Candidate must

  1. complete graduate nursing courses with a B or better in all courses,
  2. maintain current documentation within the School of Nursing document storage account, and
  3. complete an Advanced Family NP practicum.

Curriculum: Nursing, Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.

Withdrawal from a Course

Only two (2) instances of course withdrawal are permitted without consequences in the M.S.N. program. Withdrawal from one or more courses in any given semester is considered one (1) instance of withdrawal. Students with more than two (2) withdrawals from the M.S.N. program will not be readmitted to the program.

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