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Family Nurse Practitioner

The family nurse practitioner (FNP) concentration prepares graduates for advanced nursing practice in delivering primary care to individuals across the lifespan.

Classroom experiences (both lecture and group conferences) and precepted clinical experiences allow students to develop clinical knowledge and reasoning skills to provide quality primary care.

The concentration courses expand on concepts from the core curriculum as well as students’ life and previous academic experiences. Course requirements facilitate examination of current research in the delivery of primary care. Students base their holistic advanced nursing practice on theories from the biological, sociological and nursing sciences.

A large number of community professionals, nurse practitioners, physicians, and some FNP faculty volunteer their time as preceptors, giving FNP students access to patients in their clinical sites.

Graduates are prepared to take the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Graduates from the program are employed in multiple areas, including community health centers and agencies, health departments, physician’s offices, industrial settings, and specialty practices. The varied preparation of the FNP allows graduates to take advantage of new and emerging areas of advanced practice nursing.

The FNP concentration is a blended curriculum. Most courses are held in a traditional on-campus classroom setting. Some classes include both on-campus and online activities. Other courses may be offered through a hybrid of traditional online learning and video conferencing.

Specific questions about core nursing courses should be directed to the faculty instructor; questions about concentration courses should be directed to the Concentration Coordinator or Graduate Programs Advisor.

The FNP concentration is typically a full-time program. Student curriculum plans of study are individualized and carefully determined under the guidance of the concentration coordinator. A part-time program of study may also be available upon coordinator approval.

All prospective College of Nursing students must apply directly through UT Graduate Admissions. All required application materials must be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions prior to the posted program deadline. To be considered for Fall admission, the priority application deadline is December 15. Please note the priority deadline must be met in order to be eligible for scholarships and fellowships.

For more details, please review our Graduate Admissions page.

For course descriptions, see the Graduate Catalog.


FNP Coordinator Graduate Programs Advisor
Karen Lasater
Karen M. Lasater
Clinical Associate Professor

April Gonzalez
April Gonzalez
Graduate Programs Advisor