Post Master’s Certificate
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration prepares graduates for advanced practice with competencies in delivering primary care to individuals across the lifespan. Classroom experiences, group conferences, and clinical experiences with preceptors offer opportunities for students to delivery comprehensive and culturally competent health care to individuals across the lifespan.
The Post Master’s Certificate (PMC) track is for those MSN prepared registered nurses who do not have a concentration as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The PMC track requires 45 semester hours of graduate course work including a minimum of 660 clinical hours. The concentration courses (NURS 551, NURS 552, NURS 561, NURS 562, NURS 571, NURS 572, NURS 581, & NURS 582) build upon and expand knowledge and concepts from the core courses of the curriculum and the unique life and academic experiences of the students. A comprehensive exam is required during the final semester. Students also complete a directed scholarly project. Students may transfer a maximum of 12 credit hours toward degree requirements. Transfer credits must be approved by the Chair of Graduate Programs. Credit for some courses may not be transferred. Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for a list of courses that may not be transferred into the Master’s program.
Program Admission and Progression
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration is a blended curriculum. Specifically, classes include both on campus and online activities. However, this is not an on-line program. Students may request full or part-time status. Part-time graduate nursing students must meet with the Chair of Graduate Programs to plan an individualized progression plan. This ensures that course prerequisites and future course availability will be incorporated into the part-time plan. Anytime there is a change in status, a new program plan must be designed.
Program of Study Schedule
The FNP concentration is typically a rigorous full-time program (four consecutive semesters). Student curriculum plans in the part-time program are individually worked out and are carefully outlined with the Chair of Graduate Programs.
Classes will be held on campus one day/week. Students will be expected to come to campus 2 or 3 times over the course of the semester for unique health assessment lab opportunities. Health assessment lab opportunities not scheduled on regular class days will be announced two to three weeks prior to the health assessment opportunity.
Curriculum Full Time PMC FNP Concentration
These are the courses the PMC student is required to have at the end of the program. Transfer credits will be approved by the Chair of Graduate Programs, and the plan of study will be individualized according to the approved transfer credits.
Fall 1 Credits
NURS 520 Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 2
NURS 521 Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab 1
NURS 530 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NURS 501 Theoretical Foundations and Research Design 4
NURS 502 Health Care Systems and Informatics (online) 2
Spring 1 Credits
NURS 503 Leadership and Contemporary Roles in Advanced Practice 3
NURS 540 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice 4
NURS 551 Differential Diagnosis and Primary Care of Young and
Middle Adult 3
NURS 552 Differential Diagnosis and Primary Care of Young and
Middle Adult 2
NURS 504 Bioethical Issues and Health Care Policy 3
NURS 561 Differential Diagnosis and Primary Care of Pediatric
NURS 562 Differential Diagnosis and Primary Care of Pediatric
NURS 571 Differential Diagnosis and Primary Care of Women 2
NURS 572 Differential Diagnosis and Primary Care of Women Lab 2
NURS 581 Differential Diagnosis and Primary Care of Older Adult 2
NURS 582 Differential Diagnosis and Primary Care of Older Adult
NURS 505 Scholarly Synthesis 3
NURS 592 Integrative Practicum in Family Practice 3
For more information regarding the FNP concentration please call 1-423-636-5430 Nursing Office or submit them to MSN-FNP@tusculum.edu.