The Master's of Science in Nursing degree, Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration is a six semester program that allows students to continue working full or part time. Coursework with preceptorships in Adult, Women and Pediatric Primary Care prepares 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. Courses include 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.
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.