Online MSN-FNP Program

Online Education Icon

100% Online Coursework

CCNE Accredited Online FNP Program

Graduate in as few as 32 months

Nursing College of Distinction Badge

Clinical Placement Support

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 (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.

 

Get Your Free Program Guide

 

By the Numbers

78%

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

95%

job placement 4-6 months after graduation*

89%

female online MSN-FNP students at C-N

37

avg. age of online MSN-FNP students at C-N

*2017 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Report

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
  • #76 in Regional Universities South – U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Download our program guide to find out more.

*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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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.

To learn more, get your program guide now.

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.

  • 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 download our program guide.

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

Please see our free brochure for full course info now

Angela Wood“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.

 

Click to Learn More about FNP

 

Admissions Requirements

To view the Requirements for Admission, please download our program guide.

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 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 2018 Nurse Practitioner Compensation Survey conducted by the AANP indicates that the average total annual income (which includes base salary, productivity bonuses, incentive payments) for full-time NPs was $109,021. This is approximately $35,500 more than the 2017 average annual salary of a registered nurse at $73,550. By 2026, more than 56,100 nurse practitioner positions are expected to be created (according to the BLS).

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 five Best Healthcare Jobs and in the top seven of the 100 Best Jobs according to U.S. News & World Report, 2019. 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.

To learn more, please download our program guide.

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.

 

Click to Learn More about FNP

 

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.