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The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree prepares graduate advanced practice registered nurses as quality providers to meet the healthcare needs of individuals, families and populations in surrounding communities. The MSN is the professional degree that prepares nurse practitioners to meet the dynamic and identified health care needs of local, regional and global societies. Upon completion of the accelerated Masters of Science in Nursing Program, graduates are eligible to sit for certification in the chosen specialty area. Tusculum University School of Nursing currently offers the MSN concentration area of Family Nurse Practitioner. This masters program is offered exclusively online for busy, working adults starting January 2021. For further information on the MSN program, please contact the MSN Program Director.

The Tusculum University MSN program provides students with the opportunity to provide advanced practice nursing care in a variety of practice settings. The MSN program has experienced faculty that provide mentorship and support to students.  The emphasis of the program is on use of evidence-based knowledge and skills to lead the healthcare team, encourage health promotion, diagnose and treat acute and chronic illness and evaluate the plan of care. However, critical thinking and decision-making skills are also emphasized and upon completion of the program, the student is prepared for doctoral-level study in nursing. For more information regarding course requirements, please visit the Tusculum University Academic Catalog.

Program Admission and Progression

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration is now an online curriculum. Specifically, courses are both asynchronous and synchronous. Students may request full or part-time status. Part-time graduate nursing students must meet with the MSN Program Director 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.


Comprehensive Examination Requirements

All students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination to complete the program. The comprehensive exam is given in the last semester in NURS 592 Integrative Practicum in Family Practice. The comprehensive exam will be given through HESI Exit Exams. Students have 3 opportunities to pass the exam. Students are responsible to pay the fee for the exam and repeat attempts on the comprehensive exam.

Course Delivery

Classes will be held online one day/week. Students will be expected to be online weekly for synchronous learning.

Clinical Sites

Students will work with the Graduate Clinical Director and faculty to locate appropriate clinical placements that meet the academic requirements for the clinical course. While students may identify potential clinical sites, they are not guaranteed any particular site placement. Some clinical placements may require the student to travel 2-3 hours or more for a clinical site placement. Travel to and from clinical sites is part of the FNP concentration requirement to meet the program’s required 540 clinical hours.


For more information regarding the FNP concentration please call 1-423-636-7431 Nursing Office or submit questions to MSN-FNP@tusculum.edu.

Also, see the TU Nursing Graduate Program Handbook on the Graduate Program Handbook page.