Family Nurse Practitioner

Requirements & Program of Study

All AgesA Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) works with individuals throughout the lifespan...

  • delivering holistic care to individuals of  all ages,
  • conducting client examinations,
  • diagnosing and treating illnesses,
  • and prescribing medications.

Graduates will enhance and advance their practice in settings of greatest need.  

The FNP program can be completed full time or part-time. Full time hours are 9—12 credits per semester (Fall & Spring). Part-time hours are less than 9 credits per semester (Fall & Spring). The maximum load for either Summer Session I or Session II is 6 credits. 

Sample Program of Study

Courses are offered sequentially once a year. A nurse working full-time and attending graduate school part-time may complete the program in 6 semesters: four 15 week semesters and two summer sessions. Other part-time options are available. Courses are offered one to two days per week for the convenience of working part-time students. There are some online courses in the on-ground program as well to cater to working students. 


NURS 5000 Nursing Theory 3
NURS 5020 Research 3
NURS 5040 Role Development 3
NURS 5070 Health Policy 3
NURS 5210 Pathophysiology 3


NURS 5100 Advanced Assessment (summer offering) 4
NURS 5280 Pharmacotherapeutics (spring offering) 3
NURS 5120 Family Health Nursing I (fall offering) 4
NURS 5124 Family Health Nursing I Clinical (fall offering) 3  
NURS 5140 Family Health Nursing II (spring offering) 5
NURS 5144 Family Health Nursing II Clinical (spring offering) 3

 ELECTIVES (6 Hours):

Approved Elective
Approved Elective 3
See Academic Advisor  


NURS 5200 Thesis Writing 3/3
NURS 5220 Project Writing 3/3

Total program semester hours = 49 credit hours

Upon program completion the student will have 600 clinical hours. This is only a sample program of study and does not imply a contract for degree completion. Required courses may change. Please consult your academic adviser for additional information.

patient on crutchesPost-graduate Certificate - FNP

Nurses who hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited program and are interested in continuing study for FNP Nursing may be eligible to enter post graduate studies. The three pre-requisite courses required for Advanced Practice Nursing are Advanced Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Pharmacology, and will need to have been completed within five years before beginning courses. If the MSN program from which the applicant graduated did not include any of these courses, they must be taken through TSU before admission to the post-graduate certificate program. Graduation requires successful completion of nine didactic hours (NURS5120 & NURS5140) required in the FNP Concentration and all associated six clinical credit hours (NURS5124 & NURS5144 = 600 total clock hours) to total 15 credit hours.

For More Information

Tennessee State University-Division of Nursing
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Box 9590
Nashville, TN 37209-1561
(615) 963-5252
FAX: (615) 963-7614

E-mail: Dr. Donna Kenerson at