Jun 21, 2024  
2022-23 Graduate Catalog 
2022-23 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. a current, 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 www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php). 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 an updated vita or resume;
  4. 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.


Both full-time and part-time students must register for each term (fall, spring, and summer). Failure to register for any semester/term constitutes a lapse in the program of study requiring readmission to the program. See readmission requirements in the policy.

Students who do not plan to register for a particular term/semester must complete and submit an Interruption of Program (IOP) form to the MSN academic advisor before completing the current term. Failure to submit the IOP will result in the necessity for reapplication.

Note that students may wish to submit a Stop Out form to the College of Graduate Studies and will need to fill out a readmission application form (without being required to submit any additional materials) before enrolling for the next term/semester.  This will ensure that the College of Graduate Studies has all current student information and will trigger the process required for re-enrollment. 

Curriculum: Nursing, Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner

The following illustrates the 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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