Austin Peay State University Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

The School of Nursing through Austin Peay State University (APSU) offers an online Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN – FNP) program and a Post-Master’s FNP Certificate. Coursework is completed online and students come to the Clarksville, TN campus for three intensives during the program. Practicums are also completed at approved facilities local to the student.

The APSU graduate nursing program is new, beginning in the spring of 2019. Then MSN and Post-Master’s certificate programs are seeking initial accreditation with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The APSU School of Nursing operates out of the following core values: quality, change, innovation, collaboration, global awareness, community, professionalism, caring, and safety. Some of the learning outcomes for the online nurse practitioner programs include the proper use of evidence and practice to create safe, quality patient care; effective use of clinical reasoning and ethical decision-making; effective communication and proper patient advocacy; the use of scientific inquiry to affect clinical decision-making and improve care quality; and professional behaviors and leadership competency.

Family nurse practitioners typically work in primary care clinics, schools, hospitals, community health and government facilities, long-term care and nursing home facilities, and home health care situations. Graduates of the online FNP programs are eligible to sit for the family nurse practitioner certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Corporation (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Austin Peay State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The online MSN programs are seeking initial accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Austin Peay State University is located in Clarksville, Tennessee.

What to Expect from the Austin Peay State University Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

General Graduate Nursing Admissions Requirements: Students must hold a current, unencumbered RN license. Application materials include an application, application fee, a one-page goal statement, proof of unencumbered RN license in Tennessee or the state of residence, and proof of completion of undergraduate statistics. No GMAT or GRE is required.

  • Specific Program Requirements:
  • MSN: Students must hold a BSN degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have completed undergraduate statistics
  • Post-Master’s Certificate: Students must hold an MSN degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have completed undergraduate or graduate-level statistics, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment

State Restrictions: Austin Peay State University is an NC-SARA participant, therefore the program is approved in all states that fall under this agreement. The only state not included is California, however, California is not required to be monitored. To be sure, students should contact state nursing boards for their state of residence to determine licensing eligibility for out of state nursing programs. Additionally, students should contact the School of Nursing through APSU to confirm eligibility.

Study Plan: The APSU online FNP programs are offered both full-time and part-time. Students may begin in the Fall or Spring semester, however, Fall courses begin in the Summer II term. MSN students typically complete two courses per semester to finish the program in approximately two years. There are 6-semester plans (full-time) and 8-semester plans (part-time). Post-Master’s FNP students can complete the program in approximately four semesters taking two courses per semester. Students complete courses online as well as clinicals local to the student. In addition, students come to campus for three intensives for the MSN program and two intensives for the certificate program.

MSN – FNP Curriculum: The online MSN – FNP program comprises 43 credits plus at least 600 clinical hours. Core courses include Transition to Graduate Nursing; Healthcare Policy with an Emphasis on Prevention and Population Health; Scientific Inquiry; Advanced Rural Development with an Emphasis on Quality, Safety, Ethics, and Interpersonal Collaboration; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care Practice; Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning Across the Lifespan; Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning Across the Lifespan Lab; and Capstone Project I-II.

FNP courses include Advanced Family Practice I-II; Primary Care Practicum I-II; and Family Practice Residency.

Post-Master’s FNP Certificate Curriculum: The online Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program comprises 20 credits plus at least 600 clinical hours. Courses include Advanced Family Practice I-II; Primary Care Practicum I-II; and Family Practice Residency.

Online Experience: Austin Peay State University utilizes D2L Brightspace as its online Learning Management System (LMS). This LMS is mobile friendly and easy to use. Most courses are asynchronous and are not self-paced. Courses may include readings, videos, assignments, projects, and assessments. Students may also engage in virtual classes, discussion boards, online chat, and email. Courses typically require a minimum of 9 hours of outside work by the student. Online student services include admissions counseling, academic advising, disability services, library services, faculty office hours, career planning services, and 24/7 technical support.

The online learning experience includes low student-to-faculty ratios, personal access to faculty members, and one-on-one advising. The program is interactive and requires on-campus intensives for hands-on practice, simulations, and contact with fellow students and faculty, as well as industry experts.

On-Site Requirements: Austin Peay State University MSN – FNP students are required to come to the Clarksville, Tennessee campus for three immersions. These take place during the Primary Care Practicum II, Family Practice Residency, and Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning Across the Lifespan (Lab). Certificate students are required to come to campus twice, during the Primary Care Practicum II and Family Practice Residency. All other coursework is online and practicums are completed local to the student.

Paying for the Austin Peay State University Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

Austin Peay State University charges $529.15 per credit plus fees for the online MSN – FNP and Post-Master’s Certificate programs for in-state residents. Out-of-state tuition is $808.15 per credit plus fees. Note that travel costs for on-campus intensives are not included in tuition. Interested students should contact the School of Nursing at APSU for an updated and complete list of tuition costs and fees as tuition generally changes from year to year.

Austin Peay State University offers graduate students unsubsidized federal graduate loans in accordance with the FAFSA. Online MSN and certificate students may also check with their employers concerning a tuition reimbursement program. Additionally, nursing students may find other opportunities for outside funding such as religious, community, and organizational scholarships and grants.

Austin Peay State University

The APSU graduate FNP programs are available in most states offering affordable tuition, three campus visits, and curriculum based on the core values of quality, change, innovation, collaboration, global awareness, community, professionalism, caring, and safety.

APRN Programs

Family Nurse Practitioner – MSN
Family Nurse Practitioner – Post Master's Certificate

Campus Address

McCord, Room 118
Clarksville, Tennessee 37044

Austin Peay State University – Family Nurse Practitioner – MSN

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

3

Credits Needed to Graduate

43

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (pursuing initial accreditation)

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, DC, NC, NY, PR

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

43

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$529.15

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$22,753.45

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$808.15

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$34,750.45

Austin Peay State University – Family Nurse Practitioner – Post Master's Certificate

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

20

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (pursuing initial accreditation)

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, DC, NC, NY, PR

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

20

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$529.15

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$10,583.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$808.15

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$16,163.00

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.