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Nurse Practitioner Programs in Tennessee - 2020 Rankings



What are the 10 Best Nurse Practitioner Programs in Tennessee (Online & Campus) for 2020?


1) Vanderbilt University - Nashville


Programs Offered: ASN to MSN, BSN to MSN, BSN to DNP, andPost-Master's Certificate, and PreSpecialty Entry(Entry with a BA/BS in a field other than nursing)

Vanderbilt University in Nashville provides more nurse practitioner programs in TN than any other school in the state. Its School of Nursing offers multiple entry options into its multiple NP programs and is renowned for its ground-breaking educational approach. “U.S. News & World Report” ranks both its MSN and DNP programs among the top 10 in the nation. Five of the NP tracks associated with its MSN program and one of the NP tracks associated with its DNP program are ranked among the top 10 in their category as well.

Fourteen nurse practitioner programs are associated with Vanderbilt’s ADN to MSN pathway. The same 14 can also be pursued in conjunction with the university’s BSN to MSN and BSN to DNP programs. Vanderbilt also administers an innovative PreSpecialty Entry program for non-nurses who want to become a nurse practitioner in Tennessee, which offers eight nurse practitioner options. Additionally, MSN- and DNP-prepared nurse practitioners can expand into new advanced practice specialties by enrolling in one of Vanderbilt’s 10 NP certificate concentrations.

ADN to MSN Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Hospitalist, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Intensivist, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner - WHNP, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner/ Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Nurse Practitioner - Dual Focus, and Nurse-Midwifery/Family Nurse Practitioner - Dual Focus

Vanderbilt’s ADN to MSN program is designed for nurses with diplomas or associate degrees who want to enhance their professional standing. It’s a two-year program, and during your first pre-specialty year, you’ll be able to pursue most of your coursework online though you will be required to live within commuting distance of Nashville because you will be making up to four campus visits per semester. Once you have completed your pre-specialty training, you’ll begin acquiring the necessary knowledge and clinical skills for the specialty advanced practice option you’ve chosen to pursue.

Most of the 14 nurse practitioner specialties involve an additional three semesters, but a few involve more. Coursework is offered in a modified distance-learning format, which consists largely of online coursework, but which does require students to make visits to campus over extended weekends. Clinical rotations are scheduled to take place at health care facilities within a 150-mile radius of the School of Nursing, including hospitals and clinics in Kentucky and Alabama as well as in Tennessee.

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) specialty, however, is taught for the most part in a traditional classroom setting and consists of 40 credits. Nurses studying the AGACNP curriculum have the opportunity to pursue one of two optional focus areas. The AGACNP-Hospitalist focus is for nurse practitioners who will be providing care in rural and urban acute care settings, and requires 41 credits while the AGACNP-Intensivist focus is for nurse practitioners who will be providing care in rural and urban intensive care units, and requires 42 credits. Students can also do a dual focus Women's Health Nurse Practitioner/ Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Nurse Practitioner specialty, which requires four semesters and 56 credits to complete.

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) specialty entails 40 credits. The Emergency Nurse Practitioner specialty is spread out over four semesters and involves 51 credits. The Family Nurse Practitioner specialty requires 38 to 40 credits. The dual focus Nurse-Midwifery/Family Nurse Practitioner specialty takes place over five semesters and requires 67 credits.

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty can be pursued full-time (three semesters) or part-time (three years); it involves 40 credits. Both the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care specialty (PNPAC), the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (PNPPC), and the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) specialties each require 40 credits; the PNPPC specialty can be taken part-time over three years. The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty entails 41 credits.

BSN to MSN Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Hospitalist, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Intensivist, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner - WHNP, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner/ Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Nurse Practitioner - Dual Focus, and Nurse-Midwifery/Family Nurse Practitioner - Dual Focus

Many of the NP specialties Vanderbilt offers in conjunction with its BSN to MSN program can be completed in a single year. Students who enroll in this program also have the option of transitioning into Vanderbilt’s DNP program without an additional application. Most of the coursework uses a distance-learning format; students have the option of participating in real-time online classwork or the option of pursuing coursework asynchronously at their own pace. Coursework is similar to the coursework required for the NP specialty training associated with the ADN to MSN track.

BSN to DNP Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Hospitalist, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Intensivist, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner - WHNP, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner/ Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Nurse Practitioner - Dual Focus, and Nurse-Midwifery/Family Nurse Practitioner - Dual Focus

DNP core requirements consist of 32 credits. The curriculum for DNP-related advanced practice specialties is similar to the curriculum that aspiring nurse practitioners pursue in the ADN to MSN and BSN to MSN tracks.

Post-Master's Certificate Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse Practitioner (FNP/ENP), Emergency Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate for Family Nurse Practitioners, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Lifespan), and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Vanderbilt’s certificate NP programs in TN offer opportunities to explore new professional directions to nurse practitioners who already hold graduate degrees in nursing. The certificate program is also open to NPs who hold master’s degrees in fields other than nursing. Students must complete a minimum of 500 clinical hours in their chosen specialty. Students’ past academic work and professional experience will be compared to the criteria for national certification in the specialty they’ve chosen; this gap analysis will help the program director develop an individualized course of study for each student.

PreSpecialty Entry Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery/Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner/ AGPCNP

People who are looking at ways to jumpstart a new career may be very interested in Vanderbilt’s innovative PreSpecialty Master’s of Nursing Science program. The program is designed to teach people who have no background in nursing the knowledge and clinical skills they’ll need to become advanced practice practitioners.

Students will spend their first three semesters completing accelerated coursework that provides the foundational equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Students will spend between 30 and 40 hours a week in classroom and clinical experiences, which will take place on the Vanderbilt campus. Thereafter, however, students pursuing the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner/ AGPCNP specialties will be able to do so through a hybrid-learning format. The specific coursework and clinical experiences associated with the NP specialization component of the PreSpecialty MSN program are similar to the coursework and clinical experiences required for the NP specialty training offered in conjunction with the MSN and ADN to MSN tracks.

2) University of Tennessee-Knoxville - Knoxville


Programs Offered: BSN-DNP and Graduate Certificate

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is one of the oldest public universities in the entire United States. Its College of Nursing is closely associated with the University of Tennessee Medical Center, which is the primary center for health care referrals in eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and southeastern Kentucky, and one of only three Level I trauma centers in eastern Tennessee. UT offers four Tennessee NP programs as part of its BSN-DNP program. The university also makes four nurse practitioner specialties available to NPs pursuing certificate education.

BSN-DNP Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Primary and Dual Track Primary/Acute)

In addition to the four concentrations within the BSN-DNP program listed above, UT also offers an MSN-DNP track for aspiring NPs who wish to specialize in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty. The BSN-DNP combines online learning with two face-to-face campus intensives each semester. Students will be required to complete an evidence-based project in their NP specialty field in order to graduate. Students pursuing the DNP degree must complete 1,000 clinical hours, a portion of which will be related to their specific NP specialty track.

The Family Nurse Practitioner track requires 600 clinical hours and 67-semester credits. The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty consists of 600 clinical hours and 69-semester credits. The dual-track Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary/Acute specialty involves 800 clinical hours and 80-semester credits.

Graduate Certificate Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

UT’s graduate certificate NP options are open to nurses who’ve already earned an MSN, DNP, or Ph.D. in Nursing Science, and who want to advance their clinical knowledge and skills. All four options require a minimum of 600 clinical hours. The Family Nurse Practitioner track entails 19 credits. The Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner tracks each involve 20 credits. You’ll need to earn 21 credits to complete the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track.

3) University of Tennessee-Chattanooga - Chattanooga


Programs Offered: MSN and Post-Master's Certificate

The University of Tennessee in Chattanooga joined the UT system in 1969; before that, it was a private university. This university partners with the Health Resources and Services Administration to provide educational opportunities for underrepresented minorities through its innovative DREAMWork Nursing Diversity Program. This NP school in TN offers two nurse practitioner programs in conjunction with its Master’s in Nursing Science program. The same two NP specialties are also available to MSN-prepared nurses who want to enhance their scope of practice.

MSN Concentrations: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology and Family Nurse Practitioner Lifespan

Students can pursue the NP specialties associated with the university’s MSN track either fulltime or part-time. Full-time students should be able to finish the 49 credits required for both specialties in six semesters (24 months.) Both the ACNP-AG and FNP pathways are taught through a hybrid format that utilizes online coursework as well as face-to-face classes, and didactic courses and clinical experiences are scheduled concurrently.

Post-Master's Certificate Concentrations: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology (ACNP-AG) and Family Nurse Practitioner Lifespan (FNP)

The university’s post-master’s certificate pathway has the same admission requirements as its MSN program. Your course of study will be individualized to some extent depending upon the results of a gap analysis that looks at your prior academic record. The specific courses you’ll be expected to take for your specialty, however, are more or less the same as the courses you’d be expected to take if you pursued your NP concentration as an MSN option.

4) East Tennessee State University - Johnson City


Programs Offered: MSN, BSN to DNP, MSN to DNP, and Post-Masters/Post-DNP Certificate

East Tennessee State University is home to the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, which is consistently ranked as one of the top schools in the United States for the study of rural medicine and the provision of primary health care. Its College of Nursing is the largest nursing school in Tennessee, and its DNP program was named by registerednursing.org as the best online nurse practitioner program in Tennessee. ETSU has a number of avenues for nurses who wish to enhance their clinical competencies with an advanced practice degree. Its MSN program offers two NP tracks; its BSN to DNP, six; and its MSN to DNP program, three. ETSU also administers a post-graduate certificate program with three nurse practitioner specialties.

MSN Concentrations: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner

East Tennessee State University’s two MSN-affiliated NP options are taught entirely online. Both specialties focus on rural clinical practice in primary care settings. Students have the option of pursuing their NP education fulltime (five semesters) or part-time (eight semesters.) The Family Nurse Practitioner specialty entails 51-semester credits and 540 clinical hours. The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty consists of 48-semester credits and 540 clinical hours.

BSN to DNP Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Nurses pursuing advanced practice specialties in conjunction with ETSU’s BSN to DNP program will be best prepared to practice in rural settings. “U.S. News & World Report” ranks this program among the top 100 DNP programs in the United States. The program is only open to residents of Tennessee or residents of states that participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement and live within 250 miles of Johnson City. The six BSN to DNP-NP options can be pursued full-time or part-time.

All coursework is presented online, but students are expected to visit the campus in Johnson City one or two times each semester. The Family Nurse Practitioner track requires 83-semester credits and 1,040 clinical hours. The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track involves between 87 and 90-semester credits and 1,000 clinical hours. The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty consists of 82-semester credits and 1,000 clinical hours while the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty entails 86 semester credits and 1,040 clinical hours. If you want to complete your Psych/Mental Health Nurse practice training, you’ll need to earn 80-semester credits and 1,040 clinical hours while the Women’s Health practice training calls for 85-semester credits and 1,000 clinical hours.

MSN to DNP Concentrations: AGNP, FNP, and PMHNP

The academic requirements for the three NP specialties that are open to students pursuing the MSN to DNP track are similar to the requirements for the NP specialties that are associated with the MSN and NSN to DNP pathways.

Post-Masters/Post-DNP Certificate Concentrations: Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

ETSU’s post-graduate advance practice certificate training is designed to enable NPs to expand their scope of practice into new specialties. Full-time students can complete certificate training in five semesters. The Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificates require 24-semester credits and 480 clinical hours. In order to complete the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner training, you will need to complete 86 semester credits and 1,040 clinical hours.

5) University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis


Programs Offered: DNP, Post-MSN/Post-DNP Certificate, and Post-DNP Certificate

Some of the best nurse practitioner programs in Tennessee are affiliated with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. This university, which is affiliated with the multi-campus University of Tennessee system, is a major research center, and it receives approximately $100 million in grants annually from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations. UTHSC’s College of Nursing is the oldest nursing school in the Volunteer State. Eight NP specialties are offered in conjunction with its DNP program. The university also offers two NP specialties as post-MSN/post-DNP certificate concentrations and an additional four NP specialties as post-DNP certificate concentrations.

DNP Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care/Family Nurse Practitioner (Dual), and Psychiatric Mental Health/ Family Nurse Practitioner (Dual)

Fulltime and part-time study plans are available for all the NP specialties associated with the DNP track. Courses are mostly conducted online, but students will be required to attend campus intensives three or four times a year. Clinical hours are interspersed throughout the didactic components of the classwork, and students who live outside the Memphis metropolitan area will need to assist faculty in identifying appropriate clinical sites.

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner pathways require 59-semester credits while the dual concentration Adult-Gerontology Acute Care/Family Nurse Practitioner specialty involves 73-semester credits. You will need to earn 61-semester credits to complete the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner tracks; if you are pursuing the dual Psychiatric Mental Health/ Family Nurse Practitioner specialty, you’ll be responsible for completing 73-semester credits. The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty consists of 61-semester credits.

Post-MSN/Post-DNP Certificate Concentrations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Licensed NPs who are interested in learning Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse practice skills can do so by enrolling in UTHSC’s Post-MSN/Post-DNP option. This program will require 20-semester credits to complete.

Post-DNP Certificate Concentrations: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

DNP-prepared advance practice nurses can add another specialty area through UTHSC’s post-DNP certification program. All four post-DNP certificate NP specialties involve 23 credits.

6) Union University-Tennessee - Jackson


Programs Offered: RN-MSN, MSN, RN-DNP, BSN-DNP, and Post-Graduate Certificate

Union University is a Christian evangelical institution of higher learning that’s associated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. While Union accepts students from other religious backgrounds, its educational approach is very firmly grounded in Christian principles. The university offers two NP specialties, which can be taken in association with the RN-MSN, MSN, RN-DNP, and BSN-DNP tracks. Additionally, Union also offers these two NP specialties as post-graduate certificate concentrations.

RN-MSN Concentrations: Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner

Union’s RN-MSN track is designed for nurses who don’t have bachelor’s degrees in nursing science but who want to earn an MSN. The program uses a hybrid-teaching format that blends online coursework with campus classes. Students are responsible for completing a core curriculum that includes 41-semester credits and 380 clinical hours. Thereafter, both the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty and the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty involve 46-semester credits and 560 clinical hours.

MSN Concentrations: Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner

For nurses who already have a BSN, the NP specialty training requirements are similar to the NP-specific requirements for the RN-MSN track.

RN-DNP Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Union also sponsors a program for nurses who don’t have a BSN but who want to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Union only admits full-time students into this track, and coursework is delivered in a hybrid format. Students are responsible for completing a minimum of 41 general education credits as well as a DNP project. Following that, the Family Nurse Practitioner pathway entails 73-semester credits and 1,220 clinical hours, and the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner pathway consists of 76-semester credits and 1,220 clinical hours.

BSN-DNP Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Academic requirements for the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialties associated with Union’s BSN-DNP program are similar to the specialty-specific requirements in the RN-DNP concentration.

Post-Graduate Certificate Concentrations: Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner

Nurses holding MSNs who would like to advance into the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner specialties are eligible to apply to Union’s post-graduate certificate training. The FPMHNP track consists of 29-semester credits and 560 clinical hours while the FNP track consists of 26-semester credits and 560 clinical hours.

7) University of Memphis - Memphis


Programs Offered: MSN and Post-MSN Certificate

Memphis University was founded in 1912 as a Normal College, dedicated to the education of teachers. Its nursing school opened in 1967 in response to a chronic nursing shortage in the western regions of the Volunteer State. “U.S. News & World Report” ranks the Loewenberg College of Nursing at the University of Memphis among the nation’s top online nursing programs. Memphis University offers Family Nurse Practitioner education as part of its MSN program and as a standalone certificate concentration.

MSN Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner

The FNP program offered in conjunction with the university’s MSN track uses a distance-learning format. Students are required to complete 46-semester credits. The university will not accept applicants from California or other states where Memphis University is not authorized to offer distance learning.

Post-MSN Certificate Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner

Memphis University’s Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program is for MSN-prepared nurses who want to expand their clinical competencies. Students can choose between online and campus classes. The curriculum consists of 21-semester credits. Coursework can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

8) Middle Tennessee State University - Murfreesboro


Programs Offered: MSN

Middle Tennessee State University is the second-largest university in the Volunteer State. This is one of the nurse practitioner schools in Tennessee that’s committed to addressing the state’s critical shortage of primary health care providers. Aspiring nurse practitioners can choose between two NP programs at MTSU; both are affiliated with the university’s MSN program.

MSN Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Coursework for the MSN program is delivered entirely online, but applicants must be residents of Tennessee. Whenever possible, clinical rotations will be scheduled for the geographical region where students live and work. The Family Nurse Practitioner specialty consists of 42 credits and a minimum of 420 clinical hours. The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty requires 42 credits and 630 clinical hours.

9) Belmont University - Nashville


Programs Offered: MSN, BSN-to-DNP, and Post Graduate APRN

Belmont University is another one of the Christian-identified NP schools in Tennessee. Although the university is open to students of all faiths, its educational process reflects the school’s commitment to Christian values. “U.S. News & World Report” has singled Belmont out as a good value for the money spent on tuition and as an excellent school for veterans. Belmont offers a single NP program, which can be pursued as part of the MSN or BSN to DNP tracks, or as a certificate concentration.

MSN Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Belmont’s MSN program is mostly taught on campus though some coursework is offered online. The program is offered in a traditional seven-semester format as well as in an accelerated four-month format. Family Nurse Practitioner students are responsible for completing 41 credits and between 620 and 770 clinical hours.

BSN-TO-DNP Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

When pursued in conjunction with Belmont’s BSN-to-DNP program, the Family Nurse Practitioner pathway consists of 75 credits.

Post Graduate APRN Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

When pursued as a post-graduate advance practice concentration, the FNP specialty requires 24 credits and between 620 and 770 clinical hours.

10) Austin Peay State University - Clarksville


Programs Offered: MSN and Post-Graduate Certificate

Austin Peay State University is the fastest-growing institution of higher learning in the state of Tennessee. This is another one of the nurse practitioner programs in Tennessee that’s dedicated to helping remediate the state’s lack of primary health care providers. The university’s FNP track can be taken as part of its MSN program or as a post-graduate certificate option.

MSN Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The FNP track associated with Austin Peay’s MSN program is mostly taught online though three campus visits are required throughout the degree program. Full-time students should be able to complete the degree in six semesters while part-time students will take eight semesters. The FNP track consists of 43 credits and 600 clinical hours.

Post-Graduate Certificate Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The post-graduate FNP certificate track is designed for nurses who already have an MSN or DNP and who want to expand their scope of practice into the direct provision of primary care. It requires 20 credits and 600 clinical hours.

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