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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.


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 nurses who already hold an MSN, we offer an online Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program.

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


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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 program guide.

Fast Facts

  • 100% online (not including clinical practicum or residency)
  • Stress-free clinical site placements
  • Earn your MSN and FNP certification part-time in as few as 32 months, taking thirteen 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


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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*


certification pass rate for Carson-Newman FNP graduates


clinical placement hours placed for you by Carson-Newman**

*2017 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Report
**Total clinical placement requirement is 660-690 hours depending on your capstone course.

Online Family Nurse Practitioner Program Highlights

  • Incorporate clinical training 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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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.

Carson-Newman Handles Your Clinical Placement

  1. Our Network Support – Your dedicated Placement Specialist will work with you and handle the logistics of securing quality placement sites and preceptors from our network of providers, as well as any referrals from you.

  2. Your Focus – Our support saves you hours, days, months of time, so you can focus on your coursework and core competencies

  3. Your Success – Your placement specialist will ensure clinical compliance for your program and state, to help you prepare for clinicals, supporting your clinical success

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 (Professor of Nursing)

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 clinical experience 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

Admissions Requirements

To view the Requirements for Admission, get your program guide.


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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 Program Availability by State

Currently, Carson-Newman is accepting applicants for the MSN-FNP program in the following states:

Online MSN-FNP State Restrictions

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Residents of Tennessee in the Jefferson City area who are interested in the on-campus FNP program may visit the on-campus MSN-FNP program page. If interested in the online program, please complete the form on this page.

Online Family Nurse Practitioner Program Outcomes

Online FNP Program Career Stats

What is a Family Nurse Practitioner?

A family nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has received the specialized clinical and educational training necessary to practice primary family-focused care. Like a family physician, a family nurse practitioner works with patients of all ages to diagnose medical conditions, treat illness, prescribe medications and maintain health over a lifetime.

The laws regulating family nurse practitioners differ from state to state. Certain states require FNPs to work under the supervision of a physician. In many states, however, family nurse practitioners are authorized to work independently.

What Does a Family Nurse Practitioner Do?

Think of a family nurse practitioner as a registered nurse who is licensed to perform many of the same roles as a family doctor. A family nurse practitioner sees patients of all ages for scheduled or drop-in health care appointments. Depending on state restrictions, he or she performs physical exams, orders diagnostic tests and procedures, diagnoses illnesses, prescribes and administers treatment, and educates patients on how to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Where Do Family Nurse Practitioners Work?

Family nurse practitioners work in a variety of advanced nursing practice settings. While many choose to work in private practice, others work in settings such as retail clinics, hospitals and schools.

  • Private Practice: Many FNPs work in private practice outpatient clinics, where they focus on providing primary care to their supervising physician’s patients or their own patients.
  • Retail Clinics: It is becoming common for FNPs to work in retail health clinics. Often these clinics are open during regular business hours up to seven days a week and attract a high percentage of walk-in patients.
  • Urgent Care Centers: Urgent care centers are where patients go for non-emergency urgent care such as minor fractures, sprains and allergic reactions, all of which FNPs are trained to handle.
  • Hospitals: Some FNPs choose to work in hospital settings. Because their training is in primary care, FNPs who want to work in hospitals often obtain additional certification as an acute care nurse practitioner or emergency nurse practitioner.
  • Schools: A small percentage of FNPs work in schools where they provide primary care for students.
What Are the Roles and Responsibilities of a Family Nurse Practitioner?

A family nurse practitioner has many important roles and responsibilities. Just like a primary care physician, an FNP provides diagnosis, treatment, disease management, health education, and preventive health care services. Depending on the state they work in, FNPs have the authority to:

  • Manage chronic health conditions like hypertension and diabetes
  • Treat minor acute injuries (such as sprains and strains) and illnesses (such as flu)
  • Provide health care to people of all ages, from infants and children to adults and the elderly
  • Conduct health assessments and physical examinations
  • Oversee women’s health requirements, including preconception and prenatal care
  • Educate patients about health, wellness and disease prevention throughout the lifespan
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests
  • Prescribe medication

FNPs work with a broad patient population including members of all genders and ages. In many parts of the country, particularly in rural areas, family nurse practitioners are the sole primary care providers in FNP-led care clinics.

How Much Do Family Nurse Practitioners Make?


The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual wage for a nurse practitioner was $111,680 in May 2020. This is over $38,000 more than the 2019 median annual wage of a registered nurse at $73,300.

The mean annual wage for a nurse practitioner is even higher at $114,510.

What is the Job Outlook for Family Nurse Practitioners?

The job outlook for family nurse practitioners is very good. Since the United States is currently facing a shortage of primary care physicians, there is a surging demand for family nurse practitioners. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that more than 110,700 new nurse practitioner jobs will be created by 2029, representing an employment growth rate of 52% (much faster than the average job growth rate).

Why Become a Family Nurse Practitioner?
  • Family nurse practitioners have a high earning potential. Family Nurse Practitioners typically earn more than an RN or BSN-prepared nurse. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that the 2020 median annual pay for a nurse practitioner is $111,680.
  • Family nurse practitioners fulfil a real 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.
  • Family nurse practitioners enjoy high levels of job satisfaction. Family nurse practitioners enjoy a high rate of job satisfaction and more autonomy than RNs. 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.
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)