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MSN: Nurse Practitioner Overview

The Nurse Practitioner Concentration at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing offers two specialty track options:

  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Lifespan

High Pass Rates

Students who complete the FNP program at UTC traditionally score above the national average on their certification examination after graduation. In 2018, our first cohort of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Adult Gerontology track completed testing. In 2018, our FNP and ACNP-AG graduates had a 100% pass rate on their respective certification exams. Overall, the first time pass rate for our students is above 96%.


Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology

The Master's of Science in Nursing degree, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP-AG) Concentration is a six-semester program that allows students to continue working full or part-time. The BSN to MSN program consists of 49 credit hours over a period of 24 months. Courses are delivered in a variety of formats including online, hybrid, and face to face. Clinical/practicum courses provide experiential learning in the acute care setting.

Didactic and clinical coursework with preceptorships in Advanced Acute Care, Advanced Critical Care, and an Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Residency prepares students for the national certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP-AG). The student's education provides theoretical and evidence-based clinical knowledge and learning experiences emphasizing the development of clinical expertise needed to provide care for young adults (including late adolescents), adults, and older adults (including young-old, old, and old-old adults) in the acute care setting. Course work prepares students in theoretical foundations for advanced practice, health care policy, and clinical assessment and management.

Students have didactic and clinical courses concurrently, reinforcing course 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 role-specific courses in Advanced Acute Care and Advanced Critical Care. The final ACNP-AG practicum allows immersion in the role as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Once certified, students who earn their MSN as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from UTC may begin work as an ACNP-AG feeling confident that they have the skills needed to work in acute care.


Family Nurse Practitioner Lifespan

NP student examines earThe 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.


Post-Masters Certificate

Nurses with a MSN can enroll to earn a post-master’s certificate in either track.

Applicants must meet all entry criteria for admission to the MSN program except for the MAT or GRE requirement. Post Master’s Certificate students in either specialty would typically be required to take the concentration courses in their desired specialty along with health promotion, advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology. However, some Post Master’s Certificate students may require more or less coursework depending upon courses taken.


CCNE logoThe master’s degree in nursing at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).