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Master of Science in Nursing - MSN | Austin Peay State University

Master of Science in Nursing - MSN

Major: Nursing
Concentration: Family Nurse Practitioner
Austin Peay State University
Credit Hours Required: 46

Program Description

The SR Education Group, an education research publisher founded in 2004, rates APSU's FNP program as a "2018 Top Value Online Program." APSU was ranked #20 on the list of national programs. Top Value Program Logo

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The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration provides comprehensive primary health care services to individuals from infancy through adulthood. FNPs are prepared to provide care to individuals with acute illnesses such as bronchitis or headache and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Additionally, they provide preventive health services, patient education, disease management, illness prevention, and other kinds of care provided within the context of family and community. Family Nurse Practitioners are among those who, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), contribute significantly to providing health care to underserved populations residing in both urban and rural settings.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is offered through a partnership with Austin Peay State University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, and The University of Memphis.

The program is designed to offer didactic/theory courses online through the universities and to coordinate clinical study in each student's home area when possible. The partnership allows the universities to share their most valuable resources to enrich program offerings. Classes are taught by faculty from all of the universities. Faculty members are recognized experts in their content area, regardless of institution of employment.

The Master of Science in Nursing program is fully accredited through fall 2019 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Priority deadlines for admission are:

  • October 1 - Spring admission
  • February 1 - Summer admission
  • April 1 - Fall admission
Who Should Apply?

The FNP concentration is designed for Registered Nurses who have an unencumbered license to practice and have an earned Bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree prepares you for work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, businesses, private practices, HMOs, schools and community centers. Some APNs have their own practices or work in collaboration with a physician. 

Dual concentrations are not permitted in the Master's degree program. Students with an earned Master's degree in Nursing who are interested in seeking certification in additional concentration areas are advised to pursue a Nursing Post Master's Certificate. Certificates are available in Nursing AdministrationNursing Education and Family Nurse Practitioner