Jun 21, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate

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Post-Master’s Certificate

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate program provides a formal program of study for master’s-prepared nurses interested in taking the national certification exam to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. To be eligible to take the national certification exam students must “successfully complete graduate didactic and clinical requirements of a master’s nurse practitioner program through a formal graduate-level certificate or Master’s level NP program in the desired area of practice.” The FNP Certificate program offers a formal program of study to meet this need for students who already have the Master of Science in Nursing degree without requiring a second master’s degree.


The following prerequisite courses must be completed at the master’s level with a grade of “B” or better prior to admission.

  1. Advanced Health Assessment, (3 semester hours)
  2. Advanced Health Assessment, Clinical or Lab (1 semester hour)
  3. Advanced Pathophysiology, (3 semester hours)
  4. Advanced Pharmacology, (3 semester hours)

Program Admission

Admission to the program is based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the College of Graduate Studies admission requirements.

Additional admission requirements for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program include:

  1. A Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE).
  2. Satisfactory completion (B or better) of the following courses at the Master’s level:
    1. Advanced Health Assessment : 3 semester hours
    2. Advanced Health Assessment - Clinical or lab : 1 semester hour
    3. Advanced Pathophysiology : 3 semester hours
    4. Advanced Pharmacology : 3 semester hours
  3. Eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or in an approved state in which clinical assignments are completed. Appropriate licensure/authorization must be obtained prior to the start of the program.
  4. Overall G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  5. Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to meet the University’s minimum required TOEFL score.
  6. A written document prepared by the applicant that includes a resume, a discussion of prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  7. Letters of recommendation from at least three persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant’s capabilities for graduate study and for future practice as an advanced practice nurse.


Retention requirements are the same as for the MSN degree. All requirements for the post master certificate must be completed in 5 calendar years

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