Online MSN-FNP Program

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100% Online (not including clinicals, practicum or residency)

CCNE Accredited Online FNP Program

Program Completion in as few as 32 months

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Connect with faculty and peers at one short residency

Online MSN-FNP Program

Inspire Positive Outcomes as a Family Nurse Practitioner

Carson-Newman offers an accredited online Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) taught by experienced faculty who are active nurse 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.

Fast Facts

  • 100% online (not including clinicals or practicum)
  • Complete the online MSN-FNP in as few as 32 months, taking twelve 15-week courses
  • Learn from experienced FNP and DNP faculty 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
  • #66 in Regional Universities South – U.S. News & World Report, 2018

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Online FNP 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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Online Experience

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

  • 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

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Online MSN-FNP Curriculum

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

NURS 507 Advanced Health Assessment

NURS 516 Research Methods and Design in Nursing

NURS 537 Advanced Primary Nursing Care for Adults

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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

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Admissions Requirements

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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 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 FNP 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 states that the average annual salary for a nurse practitioner was $100,000 in 2016. This is approximately $39,000 more than the 2016 average annual salary of a registered nurse at $68,450. Within the next decade, more than 60,000 advanced nursing specialty 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 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) predicts a shortage of more than 20,000 primary care physicians by 2020. 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 three Best Healthcare Jobs and in the top four of the 100 Best Jobs according to U.S. News & World Report, 2017. 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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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.

NURS 510 - Advanced Statistics, 3 credit hours

NURS 510 - Advanced Statistics, 3 credit hours

Statistical procedures and informative skills applied to the interpretation of quantitative data for improved client care. Prerequisite: Undergraduate Statistics or instructor approval.

NURS 513 - Theories of Nursing, 3 credit hours

NURS 513 - Theories of Nursing, 3 credit hours

Exploration and application of theoretical basis for advanced nursing practice.