Nursing - Advanced Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner [Certificate]

Program Director:

Jenny Sauls, Director
Room 0243 Bldg CKNB
(615) 898-2437






The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate program provides a formal program of study for Master’s-prepared nurses interested in taking the national certification exam to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). To be eligible for the certification exam, students must successfully complete graduate didactic and clinical requirements of a Master’s nurse practitioner program through a formal Master’s-level Nurse Practitioner program in the desired area of practice. The FNP Certificate program offers a formal program of study to meet this need for students who already have the Master of Science in Nursing degree without requiring them to complete a second Master’s degree.

Application Procedures

Students are advised to contact the graduate program director in the School of Nursing before beginning the application procedure. Applications are due by October 1 for spring admission, February 1 for summer admission, and April 1 for fall admission.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee;
  2. submit official copies of transcripts;
  3. submit three signed letters of recommendation;
  4. submit an updated vita or resumé;
  5. submit a copy of R.N. license;
  6. submit background check information;
  7. submit proof of immunizations;
  8. submit proof of malpractice insurance.

NOTE: Applicants residing in Middle Tennessee (Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Coffee, Davidson, Dickson, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Stewart, Wayne, Williamson, and Wilson counties) are randomly assigned to one of the three TBR institutions in Middle Tennessee (APSU or TSU). Students who reside in one of these counties must first apply to the ROCC program at Students approved and assigned to MTSU will then apply to the MTSU College of Graduate Studies.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the College of Graduate Studies admission requirements from the designated home school.

Additional admission requirements for the Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program include

  1. a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE) that includes satisfactory completion of the following courses at the master’s level:
    • Advanced Health Assessment with a didactic and clinical component equivalent to 3-4 semester credit hours;
    • Advanced Pathophysiology equivalent to 3 semester credit hours; and
    • Advanced Pharmacology equivalent to 3 semester credit hours;
  2. eligibility to practice as a registered nurse in Tennessee or the compact state in which clinical assignments are completed;
  3. overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale;
  4. TOEFL score of 600 if native language is not English;
  5. a written document prepared by the applicant that includes a resumé, a discussion of prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing the certificate program;
  6. letters of recommendation from at least three persons (a minimum of one academic) familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice.

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Submit Application Materials to:

College of Graduate Studies
MTSU Box 42
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Test Codes for Middle Tennessee State University:
INFS - 6ZR-KJ-37
MBA (Full-time) - 6ZR-KJ-25
MBA (Part-time) - 6ZR-KJ-52
GRE 1466
MAT 1751
Praxis 1466
TOEFL 1466