The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration, prepares nurses in an advanced practice role with competencies in family health promotion and culturally competent clinical management of common conditions across the life span. The 17-month FNP concentration requires 43 semester hours of graduate course work including a minimum of 660 clinical hours. A comprehensive exam is required during the final semester. Students also complete a directed scholarly project. Students may only transfer a maximum of six (6) credit hours toward degree requirements.
Students may request full or part-time status. Part-time graduate nursing students must meet with their advisor to plan an individualized progression plan. This will help to ensure that course prerequisites and future course availability will be incorporated into the plan. A change in status from faculty advisor and a new progression plan must be designed (see LMU MSN Student Handbook).
See the MSN Student Handbook for details regarding additional requirements for admitted students such as health status forms, proof on insurance, current immunization, CPR certification, drug screens, and background checks.
At LMU, the FNP concentration has been designed to meet standards for advanced practice education as mandated by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).
The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs are approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. The ASN program offered in Kentucky is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. Furthermore, the ASN, BSN, MSN, and DNP programs in Tennessee are accredited with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) which includes the off-campus instructional site in Corbin, Kentucky.
The ASN and BSN programs offered in Florida are approved by the Florida Board of Nursing. The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) programs at the Tampa site are candidates for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
ACEN is officially recognized as a national accrediting agency for nursing education by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and by the U.S. Department of Education. ACEN, may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 or call 404-975-5000 or visit www.acenursing.org.
In Tennessee and in many states, being recognized as an advanced practice nurse requires a master's degree in nursing and national certification. Completion of FNP concentration provides the eligibility requirements for the FNP certification examinations offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). If you plan to practice in a state other than Tennessee, it will be important to contact the state board of nursing for details about advanced practice nursing in that state.
Information about pass rates, employment rates and completion rate can be found here.
FNP Program Statistics (PDF)
Cedar Bluff - Spring admission (January)
Harrogate - Fall admission (August)
Kingsport- Fall admission (August)
Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
Applications are being accepted for Fall 2019.
For more information regarding the FNP concentration, please call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 6283