The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration prepares nurses to deliver care and improve health outcomes in the outpatient primary care setting. Graduates of this program can assess, diagnose, prescribe medications and evaluate care for patients throughout the lifespan. Students who complete the FNP concentration are prepared to sit for the FNP specialty certification exam. The 43-hour curriculum is designed with the working professional nurse in mind and primarily delivered online. There are three required on-campus visits designed to enhance learning, practice hands-on skills, participate in simulation, and for professional networking/socialization. Family Nurse Practitioner students take approximately two courses per semester and complete the program in about two years.
Austin Peay State University is not able to accept students who are residents of certain states for enrollment in courses and programs delivered via distance education at this time. This decision is based on the following: Federal law requires that an institution offering postsecondary education through distance education to students in a State in which it is not physically located meet that State's requirements for approval and/or licensure. At present, APSU has determined that the administrative requirements, including the fee charged to obtain proof of authorization, are prohibitively burdensome.
If you are a student that does not reside in the state of TN you must email firstname.lastname@example.org and request information to determine if your state of residence allows you to participate in our program. Email your name, what concentration you are considering, what semester you would like to begin the program, and your state of residence.
1. Application for admission to APSU
2. $45 application fee. (Non-refundable)
3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended (graduate and undergraduate) verifying that a bachelor’s degree in nursing has been earned with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For the RN bridge option, verification of the A.S. degree or diploma and a B.S. in another field will be required with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
4. Applicant Resume.
5. Applicant Goal Statement (e.g., reasons for pursuing graduate studies). The personal goal statement should be a one-page essay. It must be written in your own words. It should contain the following:
- Details on your decision to obtain a Master's degree in nursing
- Description of your particular interest in and potential for contributing to the nursing profession, specifically as a Master's prepared nurse
- Career objectives
- Plan to be successful in the MSN program, specifically addressing your goal of full or part-time study and the many hours required studying and in clinical.
6. Licensure Verification (proof of an unencumbered, current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed).
7. Military documents if applicable.
8. Successful completion of a 3 semester hour or 4 quarter hour undergraduate level Statistics course is required.
9. Reply from Nursing Admission committee. Admission decision will be rendered from APSU’s School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee.
The Master of Science in Nursing program admits for all terms governed by admission deadline dates listed above. Admission decisions for APSU are made by the admissions committee in the School of Nursing.
MSN Progression Policy
Graduate nursing students complete all required courses with a grade of B or better. If student’s grade is lower than B, s/he may repeat the course. However, no more than one required course can be repeated. In repeating a course, the previous grade as well the grade earned from the repeated course will be included in the calculation of the GPA.
Students will be dismissed from the MSN program if they do not meet the requirements in this policy.