Why Choose UTC's FNP Program?
Rewarding Learning Experience
A six semester program of coursework with preceptorships in Adult, Women and Pediatric Primary Care prepares our students for the national certification exam offered by either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). The student’s education provides theoretical and evidence-based clinical knowledge and learning experiences for role development as a family nurse practitioner, emphasizing the development of clinical expertise needed to deliver primary care for families. Course work prepares students in theoretical foundations for advanced practice, professional role, health care policy, and clinical assessment and management.
Students have didactic and clinical courses concurrently, reinforcing classroom work in the clinical setting. Course work includes “the 3 p’s”, advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment and advanced pharmacology. From there students complete the advanced practice core courses and the three role specific courses in the primary care of adults, children and women. The final family nurse practitioner practicum allows immersion in the role as an FNP. Once certified, students who earn their MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner from UTC may begin work immediately as a graduate FNP feeling confident that they have the skills needed to work in primary care as well as a variety of settings.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the region. In addition, financial aid, and a variety of scholarships in the School of Nursing helps students achieve their goals. Recently UTC announced a program with provides full accessibility for North Georgia and Alabama graduate students seeking advanced degrees. Residents of Catoosa, Dade, Fannin, Murray, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia and Jackson county in Alabama qualify for a regional tuition rate for graduate classes at UTC. Eligible students pay a tuition rate equal to in-house fees plus 25 percent of out of state tuition. Currently, these out-of-state students pay $3,834 per three hour credit course. That same three hour credit course will cost approximately $2,401. Contact the Bursar's Office for current tuition and fees.
High Pass Rates
Students who complete the FNP program at UTC traditionally score above the national average on their certification examination after graduation. Since 2005, 95% of our students have passed the national certification exam of their choice on the first attempt. The overall pass rate on the first attempt since the first class graduated in 1997 is 94%.
The UTC FNP Program is accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Family Nurse Practitioner Program adheres to the Criteria for Evaluation as set forth by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF), 2012.
2012 Komen Race for the Cure (click to enlarge.)
The 2014 FNP Class (click to enlarge.)
Congratulations to our 2012 graduates! (Click to enlarge.)
FNP Faculty (Click to enlarge.)
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Dr. Chris Smith