Accreditation and Rankings

Carson-Newman University campus with two College of Distinction badges

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The MSN-FNP degree program in nursing at Carson-Newman University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


Accreditation and Rankings

Accredited Online Nursing Programs

Carson-Newman's Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Both the Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner program and the Post-Master's FNP Certificate program are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Carson-Newman has been nationally recognized as one of the top 10 baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report lauded Carson-Newman as a “Great school at a great price.”

The Princeton Review commended Carson-Newman University as one of the “Best in the Southeast for 2016.” The university has also been recognized as a “college of distinction” by, and named to the President’s Honor Roll by the U.S. Department of Education for the university’s focus on ‘service with distinction’.

According to, Carson-Newman University earned the No. 8 spot in the ranking of the best four-year colleges in Tennessee. Additionally, Carson-Newman secured the No. 4 spot (of 49) for the top colleges in Tennessee that offer online degree programs announced by

Carson-Newman University has also been ranked No. 13 in Best Value Schools, No. 34 in Best Colleges for Veterans, No. 76 in Regional Universities South, a Best Online Master's Nursing Program (2020), and No. 68 as a Top Performer on Social Mobility (2021) by U.S. News & World Report.

Recently, Carson-Newman was named as one of the Best Nurse Practitioner Programs by, with a unique distinction for Military Friendly College.

"We offer online degree options that increase the availability and affordability of our programs for those students who seek opportunity for personal growth, new careers or expanding their current career."
- Dr. Jeremy Buckner, Dean of Adult & Graduate Studies

Carson-Newman’s online nursing programs provide busy nurses access to the same academic excellence enjoyed by on-campus students, while providing a supportive learning environment that works around your busy  schedule.

Learn more about our caring faculty of expert nurse educators who are active nurse practitioners in their own communities.