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As a nursing student in one of our online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) programs at Carson-Newman, you’ll be asked to participate in one, three-day, on-campus residency experience as part of your required coursework.

The experience is designed to immerse you in the clinical skills needed to properly assess patients, as well as opportunities to practice those skills with peers and professors.

Integrated With NURS 507

The Carson-Newman hands-on FNP Residency experience takes place during course NURS 507: Advanced Health Assessment, typically taken during the third or fourth semester of the program. The 3-credit course is centered on teaching students how to conduct a comprehensive health assessment, as well as how to apply advanced application and synthesis of physiological, psychological, and sociocultural concepts to appraise holistic health. As such, the majority of the residency experience is focused on honing assessment skills, practicing, and demonstrating them.

Carson-Newman family nurse practitioner student taking a patient's blood pressure during residency

What To Expect

During the FNP Residency experience, students will participate in lectures, hands-on practice of assessment, and demonstration of clinical skills that culminate in the completion of an advanced assessment physical exam. Students can expect the FNP Residency to take place over three days at the Department of Nursing on the Carson-Newman campus in our new state-of-the-art Health Sciences facility.

The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with a lecture on various health topics including physiology, women’s health, and more.

The lecture is followed by introductions and time for the cohort to interact.

Students then practice assessing models for things discussed in the lecture. These skills are video-recorded and previewed by faculty. 

Residency Questions? 

For more information about our residency experience, connect with a helpful online Enrollment Advisor.

*Students are responsible for their travel costs while participating in the residency experience. Typical costs include travel to and from Jefferson City, Tennessee, lodging, and meals for two to three nights.


This three-day experience is designed to ensure that FNP students’ health assessment and interview skills are at the premium level of care.

This experience provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy face-to-face interactions with peers and program faculty. It offers the chance to learn from each other, and it brings the cohort together in meaningful and lasting ways.

Lauren Crowe

"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

Ready to get started? Learn more about our online FNP programs.

Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
  •  100% Online Coursework
  •  Earn Your MSN-FNP For Less Than $30k
  •  We Handle Your Clinical Placement
Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  •  100% Online Coursework
  •  Graduate in 24 Months or Less
  •  Clinical Placement Services Provided
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