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Pre-Program Qualifications

Yes. Admission to the program is contingent upon fulfilling one year of clinical practice, either in the acute or primary care setting.
Students entering the FNP program need to be able to document current certifications in BLS only on the first day of classes. Current status in BLS must be maintained throughout the program. If the student has ACLS and/or PALS, they have the choice on whether or not they maintain these certifications.
Yes. We highly encourage all applicants to become familiar with the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner through "shadowing." Spending time with an FNP is one of the best ways to determine if this the advanced practice nursing role which will be meet your professional goals.

Admission/Academic

Applications are accepted with a deadline of October 1st. No late submissions will be considered.
Admission to the program is competitive but we look more to applicant qualification and potential than to class size when making admission decisions.
Personal statements should be no more than two pages.
No. Admission into our program is competitive. All submitted applications are reviewed by the admissions committee. Each application is thoroughly reviewed by the committee with regard to GPA, GRE/MAT score, clinical experience, reference letters, and personal statements. Invitations to interview are extended to those applicants who the committee feels are most qualified to meet the rigor of the program.
Applicants for admission will be contacted within two weeks following completion of the interview process. Individuals selected for admission must notify the School of Nursing in writing, with their decision to accept the position.
The UTC Family Nurse Practitioner Program will not maintain a waiting list of prospective applicants. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply in following years.
No. We can only consider applicants who have earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
The Graduate School and the SON require students to have a 3.0 for consideration for the FNP program. A strong science GPA is essential.

GRE and MAT scores must be from testing no more than five years old. The Analytical Writing test of the GRE is required. Weakness in one area can be offset by strength in another area. When looking at each application, we are looking for indicators of strong critical thinking skills - the information obtained from GRE and MAT exams are part of the decision-making process. Our goal is to admit students who will have the best chance at success in the program. Scores within the 50% range may be considered competitive, but this is dependent upon the applicant pool.
The MAT code is 1759 and the GRE code is 1831.
An undergraduate course in health assessment and statistics is required. Bachelor's or post-bachelor's course work, however must be satisfactory. Given the strong science-based curriculum in an advanced practice nursing degree, it is important that you can demonstrate undergraduate success in all science-related course work (anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, biology, chemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, etc). If you make a "C" or lower in any of your science courses, we strongly recommended that you re-take those course(s) to better improve your academic profile.
It is possible to transfer up to 6 credits of graduate work earned elsewhere. Only courses in which a student has obtained a grade of "B" or better, and which have not been applied to another degree, will be accepted. Following acceptance into the program you need to provide the Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner program with copies of course syllabi as well as other documentation so that they can be compared with the course at UTC.
Most nurses who already possess a master's or doctoral degree have the option of earning either an additional master's degree or a post master's certificate. In either case, the number of required courses and overall program length may change depending on the previous degree. The GRE and MAT requirement, however, is waived. Please go the Admissions section of the website for more information.
Yes, eventually. However, until the SON adopts the BSN-DNP program of study, those with a MSN as a FNP will be able to progress as a post master's candidate into the DNP concentration.

Financial Aid and Housing

Further information regarding current tuition and fees can be found at www.utc.edu/Bursar/fees.php.
There are several expenses, in addition to tuition, for which the student will be responsible. See expenses.
Financial aid is available for FNP students. Awards include aid from Federal Stafford loans and potential employers. Accepted applicants should contact the UTC Financial Aid office (423-425-4667) when they are notified of acceptance. Begin the process early by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
To those students who choose to live on campus, UTC provides an array of attractive housing options. For more information please go to: www.utc.edu/housing.

General

The program is 6 semesters (2 years).
The school year begins in May of each year.
Yes, this is a part-time program. However, if you do not follow the course of study this lengthens your time in the program as all courses are only offered one time each year.
First, an explanation on the differences between the two. Integrated FNP programs typically arrange their curricula so that students participate in didactic and clinical education concurrently while front loaded program students complete all didactic courses before beginning their clinical experience. UTC's FNP program follows an integrated model.
Yes, we use simulation to enhance the learning experience.
Yes. This program is designed so the student may continue to work either part of full time. However, the curriculum is very demanding. The time commitment involved is a very individualized issue. When the student is in the clinical practicum, a minimum of 6 hours each week should be spent in the clinic. Additionally, classes are a full day one day each week. When the student starts the first spring semester, this means that 2 days of each week will be spent in course related activities. With that said, we strongly advise the student to consider the amount of time needed to complete the academic requirements and the amount of time he/she is working.
Students are required to have access to a computer. Several students have laptops and bring them to class. UTC has wireless access in most areas of the campus, including the School of Nursing. Computer requirements include high speed internet access, CDROM or DVD capability, and Microsoft Office software.
We are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).The Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration adheres to the Criteria for Evaluation as set forth by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF), 2012.

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