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Family Nurse Practitioner

This concentration is a five-semester course of study that builds on baccalaureate knowledge with preparation for advanced practice roles specializing in primary care. The focus is advanced theoretical knowledge and practice skills needed to function in increasingly complex care settings. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, outcomes management, clinical research, and advanced clinical decision making.

Graduates are prepared to assume the role of advanced practice nurse in primary care across the human lifespan. At completion of the FNP course of study, graduates are eligible to take the National Certifying examination and may apply for an advanced practice nurse certificate as appropriate in their legal state of practice.

The FNP is availabe on ground in Abingdon, Kingsport, and Knoxville.


Concentration Objectives

  1. Provide health maintenance and health promotion services to individuals and families across the lifespan.
  2. Diagnose and treat a variety of common health problems (actual and potential) commonly encountered in primary care settings.
  3. Utilize advanced practice nursing knowledge and clinical skills to help patients to achieve and/or maintain optimal health or to manage chronic conditions.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis in the provision of safe, patient-centered, effective, and evidence-based primary care services.
  5. Provide knowledgeable and sensitive services to multicultural and diverse patient groups across the lifespan.
  6. Provide holistic care and serve as a patient advocate in accordance with the Christian belief in the dignity and worth of the individual and family.

Clinical Requirements

A minimum of 600 clinical practicum hours are required for the advanced practice role as a family nurse practitioner. Students will gain experience in primary care across the lifespan within settings specializing in Pediatrics, Women's Health, and Care of Geriatric and Adult Populations.

These clinical experiences are accomplished under the guidance of a faculty member and a community-based faculty approved preceptor.

The graduate nursing curriculum consists of courses in three areas of study:

  1. The advanced practice nursing core (required of all students)
  2. The advanced practice specialty core
  3. The nursing clinical and/functional specialization

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Requirements

NURS 5002 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 s.hr.
NURS 5004 Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion 3 s.hr.
NURS 5006 Advanced Pharmacology 3 s.hr.
NURS 5018 FNP I Care of Women and Families 3 s.hr.
NURS 5019 FNP II Care of Geriatric and Adult Populations 6 s.hr.
NURS 5023 FNP III Care of Pediatric Population 3 s.hr.
NURS 5024 FNP IV Seminar and Intensive Practicum 6 s.hr.
NURS 5026 Practice Management and Advance Role Development 3 s.hr.
NURS 5990 Comprehensive Assessment 0 s.hr.
  Total Hours: 45 s.hr

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Plan of Study


Nursing Coursework

To view all required courses for a MSN with a FNP Concentration please click here.

For MSN course descriptions please click here.