For more information about the DNP program please visit the DNP section of our website.
UTK College of Nursing Elevates Advanced Practice Registered Nursing to the Clinical Doctorate
In 2004, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommended moving all Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) programs to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) level. Today’s health care environment requires APRNs who can deliver high-quality, safe, and effective care to individuals, families and communities. As the state’s flagship institution, we are committed to educating the best prepared APRNs at the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to lead changes in health delivery systems, explore and implement ways to cut health care costs, measure outcomes of groups of patients, populations and communities and provide evidenced-based care.
These principles guided our decision to elevate all APRN concentrations (except nurse anesthesia) to the DNP-degree level. Students seeking admission in fall 2018 to APRN clinical specialties will apply to the BSN-to-DNP program as we will not be accepting MSN applicants. We will continue to offer the post-masters certificates programs in each of the specialty areas.
As the healthcare system continues to evolve, APRNs will assume greater authority and independence for providing a broader range of clinical care than ever before. The UTK College of Nursing’s move to the DNP as entry into advanced practice is congruent with the national trend to empower nurses and advance the profession.
For more information about the DNP program please visit the DNP section of our website.
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 (N570, N571, N572, & N573) 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.
The FNP concentration is typically a full-time program (involving five consecutive semesters—mini-term included). 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.
Applications are no longer accepted for this program, please see our DNP program.
The FNP concentration is part of the College of Nursing MSN graduate program and follows the standard admission process and cycle.
Applicants for the FNP concentration must meet the following admission requirements:
- Meet all admission requirements of the Graduate School and the College of Nursing.
- Submit an online application to UT Graduate Admissions.
- Achieve a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper test or 80 on the internet-based test if native language is not English.
- Hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) from a regionally accredited program.
- Hold or be eligible for licensure to practice nursing in the state (or a compact state as applicable) for which the student will be earning clinical credit as an advanced practice nursing student.
- Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale, or a GPA of 3.3 or higher for courses in the undergraduate major.
- Have completed an undergraduate-level health assessment course.
- Have completed 3 hours of graduate-level statistics. This requirement may be completed during the summer once admitted—see the statistics requirement chart for additional information. Any statistics course taken at another college must be preapproved by the College of Nursing after admission. Submit a copy of the course syllabus to firstname.lastname@example.org for review.
GRE: The GRE is not required for admission to the MSN program unless an applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or lower.
Credit transfer: A maximum of 9 graduate hours taken before acceptance into the master’s program may be applied toward the degree (does not include statistics course prerequisite); none may be clinical. Transferred courses must have been completed within the six-year period prior to receipt of the degree.
You may find additional information on acceptance details, tuition and fee estimates, scholarships, thesis vs. nonthesis options, and comprehensive exams on the Acceptance and Program Information portion of our website.
|Fall I (12 hours)||Hours|
|504 Advanced Health Assessment||3|
|505 Advance Pharmacology||3|
|510 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing||3|
|515 Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|Spring I (12 hours)|
|501 Nursing Research||3|
|507 Leadership and Change in Dynamic Systems||3|
|570 Family Nurse Practitioner I||6|
|Summer I (5 hours)|
|571 Family Nurse Practitioner II Didactic (mini-term)||3|
|572 Family Nurse Practitioner III Clinical (1st session)||2|
|Fall II (12 hours)|
|572 Family Nurse Practitioner IV||8|
|512 Practice Issues: Nurse Practitioner||1|
In addition to the core nursing classes, the FNP concentration includes the following:
NURS 570 Family Nurse Practitioner I—6 credit hours
Application of advanced assessment skills, health promotion concepts, and pathophysiologic alterations to develop beginning clinical decision-making skills in the primary care of individuals and their families with common health problems; clinical experience in the role of nurse practitioner in a variety of settings.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 didactic and 4 practicum. (RE) Prerequisite(s): 504 and 505 and 515. Credit Level Restriction: Graduate credit only. Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Nursing—nursing major. Minimum student level— graduate.
NURS 571 Family Nurse Practitioner II—3 credit hours
Continuation of 570. Emphasizes increasing advanced nursing competencies in the management and primary care of individuals and their families in all developmental stages.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 570. Credit Level Restriction: Graduate credit only. Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Nursing—nursing major. Minimum student level—graduate.
NURS 572 Family Nurse Practitioner III Clinical—2–4 Credit Hours
Clinical experience in a variety of settings emphasizing advanced nursing competencies in the primary care of individuals and their families in all developmental stages.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 practicum. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 8 hours. (RE) Prerequisite(s): 571. Credit Level Restriction: Graduate credit only. Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Nursing—nursing major. Minimum student level—graduate.
NURS 573 Family Nurse Practitioner IV—8 credit hours
Advanced nursing management of complex health problems of individuals and their families in all developmental stages; role refinement and exploration of major practice issues; clinical experience in a variety of settings.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 didactic and 6 practicum. (RE) Prerequisite(s): 501 and 572. (RE) Corequisite(s): 582. Credit Level Restriction: Graduate credit only. Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science in Nursing—nursing major. Minimum student level—graduate.
Get in touch with FNP Coordinator Karen Lasater.
Clinical Associate Professor