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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.

The FNP concentration courses expand on concepts from the DNP core curriculum as well as students’ life and previous academic experiences. Course requirements facilitate examination of current evidence based practice in the delivery of primary care.

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 Family Nurse Practitioner concentration is a hybrid online curriculum with on-campus visits twice per semester throughout the students’ clinical courses in their areas of concentration. On-site requirements provide opportunities for networking with peers, formative learning, and summative assessments of advanced clinical skills within the College of Nursing’s high-fidelity simulation center. Synchronous online course meetings will also occur throughout the semester for case discussions, content review, and presentations. These mandatory online course meetings will be scheduled prior to the beginning of the term so students may arrange their schedules accordingly.

FNP students will complete a minimum of 600 hours of direct patient care clinical hours as part of the 1000 required hours to confer the DNP degree. Clinical rotations offer the student opportunities to practice their clinical skills and be mentored by licensed heath care providers. Identification of clinical sites and preceptors involves a collaboration between the student and CON faculty and staff. Students are encouraged to identify potential clinical sites and preceptors. Concentration Coordinators have ultimate approval of all clinical placements. Students desiring to complete clinical rotations outside the state of Tennessee must be familiar with their state Board of Nursing requirements for graduate clinical placements. Questions should be directed to the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs.

FNP 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). In 2018, the FNP program boasted a 100% School First Time Past Rate as reported by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Graduates from the program are employed in multiple areas, including community health centers and agencies, health departments, Primary care clinics, 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.

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.

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.


Questions?

FNP Coordinator Graduate Programs Advisor
Karen Lasater
Karen M. Lasater
DNP, FNP-BC
Clinical Associate Professor
klasater@utk.edu
865-974-7629



April Gonzalez
April Gonzalez
M.Ed
Graduate Programs Advisor
agonza16@utk.edu
865-974-2594