Online MSN-FNP Program

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100% Online Coursework

CCNE Accredited Online FNP Program

Graduate in as few as 32 months

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Online MSN-FNP Program

Deliver Primary Care to Families and Communities as a Family Nurse Practitioner

Carson-Newman offers an accredited online Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program (MSN-FNP), taught by experienced faculty who are active practitioners in their own communities. Graduates are prepared with the skills necessary to define their own future as a holistic and confident family nurse practitioner or advanced practice nurse.

For MSN-prepared nurses, we offer an online Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program.

To learn more, request your free program brochure or schedule an appointment for a brief conversation with an enrollment advisor.


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Fast Facts

  • 100% online (not including clinical practicum or residency)
  • Stress-free clinical site placements
  • Complete the online MSN-FNP in as few as 32 months, taking twelve 15-week courses
  • Learn from experienced faculty of nurse educators who are active nurse practitioners in their communities
  • One three-day on-campus residency experience connects you with your peers and instructors
  • Accredited by:
    • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    • Approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing
  • #26 in Best Value Schools – U.S. News & World Report, 2018
  • #99 Best Nursing Schools: Masters – U.S. News & World Report, 2020


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*The master's 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 (

By the Numbers


avg. job offer rate for nurse practitioners at graduation (vs 46% for new grads across all disciplines)*


job placement 4-6 months after graduation*


female online FNP students at C-N


avg. age of online FNP students at C-N

*2017 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Report

Online Family Nurse Practitioner Program Highlights

  • Incorporate clinicals into your nursing practice. Enhance your nursing skills and advance your nursing career while continuing to work full-time.
  • Prepared practitioners. MSN-FNP students graduate ready to take the Family Nurse Practitioner National Certification exam.

  • Independent caregivers. Graduates are prepared to provide holistic primary care to individuals and families across the lifespan and thrive as a family nurse practitioner.


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Stress-Free Clinical Placements 

The Carson-Newman Department of Nursing believes you are only as successful as your training, which is why we have taken the stress out of the clinical placement process. As an online FNP student, you will be provided with clinical sites and preceptors for primary clinical rotations, so you can focus on coursework and building competency instead of worrying about the logistics of clinical placements.

Why Choose Carson-Newman's Online MSN-FNP Program

Our online programs provide unrivaled support and a user-friendly online learning system.

  • Convenient and flexible. Designed for working nurses, with 100% online coursework (not including clinicals, practicum or residency) and no mandatory login times.

  • Small class sizes. Enjoy an intimate learning environment focused on meeting your needs - we want you to succeed.

  • Stress-free clinical placement. You will be provided with a clinical site and preceptor, so you can focus on your studies.

  • Personalized support. A dedicated Student Success Advisor provides guidance and creates a supportive learning environment from registration to graduation day.

  • Affordable tuition. Our streamlined MSN-FNP program is competitively priced, saving you up to $200 per credit hour when compared with nationwide competitors.

To get more information, please request your free program brochure.

Online MSN-FNP Curriculum

Below are select courses from our program. For a complete curriculum and course descriptions, please download a free brochure:

Hear from One of Our Online MSN-FNP Students

Read more about Rhonda's Carson-Newman experience here.

Angela Wood, PhD

“Our small clinical groups learn first-hand from well prepared faculty who offer a wide range of clinical experience. Plus, their sincere interest in the success of each student results in prepared graduates who are ready to demonstrate servant leadership to their patients and families.”

- Dr. Angela Wood, PhD, RN (Chair)

NURS 501 - Advanced Pathophysiology, 3 credit hours

NURS 501 - Advanced Pathophysiology, 3 credit hours
Presentation and in-depth analysis of normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease as related to the provision and management of client care at the advanced level.

Residency Experience

One three-day required on-campus residency experience provides you the opportunity you to meet and connect with your peers and program faculty. During the campus residency, students will come to campus for hands-on skills practice and to complete an advanced assessment physical exam.

Learn more about the three-day on-campus residency experience.

Lauren Crowe, Online MSN-FNP Student at Carson-Newman

"Getting to meet the professors for the three-day residency has been nice. We get to put a face with the name of professors who have been so great to us."

- Lauren Crowe, Online MSN-FNP Student

NURS 503 - Advanced Pharmacology, 3 credit hours

NURS 503 - Advanced Pharmacology, 3 credit hours
Advanced pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of commonly used drug categories are analyzed in depth with consideration to safe, high-quality, cost-effective drug therapy for client care.

MSN-FNP State Restrictions

Currently, the Carson-Newman online MSN-FNP program is available in the following states:

Online MSN-FNP State Restrictions

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Online Family Nurse Practitioner Program Careers and Outcomes

Online FNP Program Career Stats

In-Demand Career

MSN Family Nurse Practitioners typically earn more than an RN or BSN-prepared nurse. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that the 2019 median annual pay for a nurse practitioner is $109,820. This is approximately $36,500 more than the 2019 median annual pay for a registered nurse at $73,300. By 2028, more than 53,000 nurse practitioner positions are expected to be created.

Fulfilling a Need

By earning an MSN-FNP degree and becoming a nurse practitioner, graduates will help fulfill a growing need for primary care providers. The projected shortage of primary care physicians is expected to reach as high as 55,200 by 2032. Family nurse practitioners are answering the call and filling the gap left by physicians.

High Job Satisfaction

Family nurse practitioners enjoy a high rate of job satisfaction. An FNP is one of the top four Best Healthcare Jobs and in the top five of the 100 Best Jobs according to U.S. News & World Report, 2020. Family nurse practitioners enjoy more autonomy than RNs. Some states grant prescriptive privileges to FNPs. FNPs can also provide a variety of primary care services.


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Other Options for MSN-Prepared Nurses

At Carson-Newman, all nurses learn from a caring faculty of active practitioners who provide stimulating clinical experiences that directly connect hands-on assessment with comprehensive patient care opportunities. For MSN-prepared RNs who wish to earn their FNP licensure, we offer an online Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program.

If you haven’t yet earned your BSN degree, we also offer an online RN to Master of Science in Nursing - FNP program.

Family Nurse Practitioners Fill a Growing Need for Primary Care Providers

An online Master of Science in Nursing-FNP degree is a doorway to a lucrative and in-demand career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Family Nurse Practitioners, or FNPs, are registered nurses who have achieved the advanced education needed to act as family-focused primary care providers, either autonomously or in collaboration with medical physicians. Graduates of online MSN-FNP programs will join a field that is expected to grow by 36% by 2026.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC 2018), the number of new primary care physicians is not keeping pace with the needs of a growing and aging U.S. population. By 2030, the projected shortage of primary care physicians is expected to reach as high as 49,300. Online Family Nurse Practitioner programs are helping to close the gap, as MSN-FNP qualified nurses are well positioned to fill the role that has historically been filled by family doctors, particularly in states where FNPs have full practice authority.

Online nurse practitioner programs like the MSN-FNP degree offered by Carson-Newman prepare qualified nurses to take the FNP National Certification exam upon graduation, through an advanced curriculum that focuses on the provision of holistic care to individuals and families throughout every stage of life. Obtaining an FNP degree online is an ideal option for busy working nurses, as all coursework can be completed online and there are no mandatory class login times.

An FNP nurse who graduates from Carson-Newman’s MSN-FNP online degree program will be prepared with the knowledge and skills required to succeed as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a variety of health care settings, including outpatient medical clinics, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.

NURS 507 - Advanced Health Assessment, 3 credit hours

NURS 507 - Advanced Health Assessment, 3 credit hours

Comprehensive health assessment of the client with advanced application and synthesis of physiologic, psychological and sociocultural concepts as applied to comprehensive health appraisal of individuals, families and community groups. (60 Clinical Hours)

NURS 516 - Research Methods and Design in Nursing, 3 credit hours

NURS 516 - Research Methods and Design in Nursing, 3 credit hours

Exploration of quantitative and qualitative methods and research designs useful in clinical investigation for health-related trends in healthcare delivery.

NURS 537 - Advanced Primary Nursing Care for Adults, 7 credit hours

NURS 537 - Advanced Primary Nursing Care for Adults, 7 credit hours

Exploration and application of advanced nursing theory in the provision of a wide range of health promotion and care services for adults, including the elderly population. (240 Clinical Hours)