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 BSN to MSN FNP concentration track requires 46 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.
The PMC student will have a Gap Analysis completed by the Chair of the Program to determine what will be accepted into the program. All FNP Didactic and Clinical Specialty courses must be completed in the Tusculum MSN PMC 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.
Students will work with the Graduate Clinical Director and faculty to secure 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 required 660 clinical hours in the program.
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 Fitzgerald Exit Exams. In order to be successful, the student may take the exam up to 3 times. It is the responsibility of the student to schedule and pay for the exam and any subsequent exams.
Classes will be held on campus one day/week. Students will be expected to come to campus 2 or 3 times extra over the course of the first 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 event.
For more information regarding the FNP concentration please call 1-423-636-7433 or submit questions to MSN-FNP@tusculum.edu.