East Tennessee State University Online NP Programs – FNP, PMHNP, AGPCNP

The College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) offers several online nurse practitioner programs, with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializations.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is offered with FNP and PMHNP specializations in both part-time and full-time completion plans. These programs are 100 percent online plus clinical practicums which are completed in person. The MSN program can be completed in five semesters on a full-time basis or eight semesters part-time. In addition to BSN entry, the MSN is offered to RNs with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree (this latter program is called the RN to MSN Bridge program). Completion of the RN to MSN Bridge program adds one to two semesters and 12 credits to the standard program. These students do not earn a BSN.

ETSU also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program with BSN entry (BSN-to-DNP), with FNP, PMHNP, and AGPCNP specializations. The BSN-to-DNP program takes nine semesters to complete full-time, or 15 semesters part-time. Students come to campus once per semester for a total of nine visits for the full-time program. Part-time students should check with their advisor to learn how many campus visits are required.

ETSU also offers two Post-Master’s NP Certificates: FNP and PMHNP. These certificate programs are 100 percent online, with clinicals that must be completed in person, locally. Each certificate requires the completion of 24 credits, plus clinical hours, and can be completed in three to four semesters.

Finally, ETSU offers a Post-DNP Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Practitioner (AGPCNP) Certificate, with one campus intensive per semester. This certificate comprises 32 credits and can be completed in four semesters. For reference, FNPs and PMHNPs serve patients across the lifespan, while AGPCNPs serve patients 13 years and older.

Graduates of the FNP specializations are eligible to take the FNP certification exam through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Graduates of the PMHNP specialization are eligible to take the PMHNP certification exam through the ANCC. Graduates of the AGPCNP specialization are eligible to take the AGPCNP certification exam through the AANPCB or the ANCC.

East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). East Tennessee State University is located in Johnson City, TN.

What to Expect from the East Tennessee State University Online NP Programs

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the nurse practitioner programs at East Tennessee State University must fulfill all requirements for the ETSU College of Graduate Studies and the ETSU College of Nursing. Interested nurses must hold an unrestricted RN license in their state of residence. International students must show proof of English language through the appropriate TOEFL or IELTS score.

Application materials include an application and fee, official transcripts, a written essay, proof of RN licensure, a resume or CV, three professional letters of recommendation, and any other requirements for both colleges. No GRE is required. A criminal background check is required. Students must be eligible for Tennessee licensure or licensure in a compact state.

  • MSN Requirements: Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a nationally accredited program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; have completed undergraduate statistics with a grade of B or higher
  • RN to MSN Bridge Program Requirements: Hold an RN license and a non-nursing BA/BS degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; have completed undergraduate statistics with a grade of B or higher
  • Post-Master’s Certificate Requirements: Hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a nationally accredited program
  • Post-DNP AGPCNP Certificate Requirements: Hold a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a concentration in advanced clinical practice or nursing administration or be concurrently enrolled as an ETSU DNP student
  • BSN to DNP Requirements: Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a nationally accredited program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; GRE for applicants with lower than a 3.2 cumulative GPA; participate in an interview; submit a cover letter citing personal goals for DNP study; completion of a writing sample scheduled with the College of Nursing DNP Admissions Committee

State Restrictions: While East Tennessee State University accepts students from most states, applicants outside of TN should check with the College of Nursing to make sure they are eligible for the nursing programs. At this time, NP program eligibility has been verified in the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

All other states have not been verified, therefore it is the responsibility of the student to verify eligibility with their state licensing board to determine if the program meets state requirements for NP licensure.

Study Plan: MSN students can complete the degree in five semesters full-time or eight semesters part-time. The RN to MSN Bridge Program adds one semester full-time or two semesters part-time. The MSN program begins in the Fall for PMHNP students and in the Fall, Spring, and Summer for FNP students. The MSN program is 100 percent online plus local clinicals.

Post-Master’s Certificate students can complete the program in 12 to 15 months. The PMHNP certificate program begins in the Spring. The FNP certificate program begins in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. The certificates are 100 percent online plus local clinicals.

The Post-DNP Certificate can be completed in about three to five semesters. The Post-DNP program begins in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. The Post-DNP certificate includes four campus visits plus local clinicals.

BSN to DNP students can complete the degree in nine semesters on a full-time basis or 15 semesters part-time. The DNP program begins in the Fall and Spring. The BSN to DNP program includes nine campus visits–one per semester for nine semesters. Part-time students should inquire with the College of Nursing to verify campus visit requirements.

MSN Core Curriculum: The MSN degree includes the following core courses for both specializations: Conceptual Systems for Advanced Nursing Practice; Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice; Advanced Role Development; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Clinical Pharmacology; Health Assessment Throughout the Lifespan and Practicum; and Health Policy Leadership.

RN to MSN students must complete the following with a grade of B or higher: Health Promotion and Research; Advancing to Professional Practice; Leadership and Professional Practice; and Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing.

  • MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Curriculum: The FNP track comprises 51 credits plus 540 clinical hours. The non-nursing bachelor’s entry program comprises 63 credits. In addition to the core curriculum above FNP students take Health Promotion, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Clinical Management: Nurse Practitioner I-II and Practicums; Life Assessment and Clinical Management: Women’s Health and Practicum; Health Promotion Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Children and Adolescents and Practicum; and Improving Mental Health Outcomes in Primary Care.
  • MSN Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Curriculum: The PMHNP program comprises 48 credits plus 540 clinical hours. The non-nursing bachelor’s entry program comprises 60 credits. The program includes the core curriculum plus the following courses: Psychopharmacology; Advanced Family Psychiatric Nursing Care I-II and Practicums; Interpersonal Treatment Modalities for Advanced Practice Nursing and Practicum; and Internship in Advanced Nursing Practice.

Post-Master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate Curriculum: The PMHNP certificate program comprises 24 credits plus 540 clinical hours. Courses include Psychopharmacology; Advanced Family Psychiatric Nursing Care I-II and Practicums; Interpersonal Treatment Modalities for Advanced Practice Nursing and Practicum; and Internship in Advanced Nursing Practice.

Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Curriculum: The FNP certificate program comprises 24 credits plus 540 clinical hours. Courses include Health Promotion, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Clinical Management: Nurse Practitioner I-II and Practicums; Life Assessment and Clinical Management: Women’s Health and Practicum; and Health Promotion Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Children and Adolescents and Practicum.

Post-DNP Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Certificate Curriculum: The AGPCNP Post-DNP certificate program comprises 32 credits plus 540 clinical hours. Courses include Health Promotion, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Clinical Management: Nurse Practitioner I-II and Practicums; Life Span Assessment and Clinical Management: Women’s Health and Practicum; Improving Mental Health Outcomes in Primary Care; Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Older Adults; Care of Older Adults with Chronic Health Problems and Complex Needs and Practicum; and DNP Role in Long-Term Care of Adults.

BSN to DNP Curriculum: The BSN to DNP program requires completion of 80 to 85 credits depending on the specialization plus 1,000 clock hours. The FNP specialization comprises 83 credits; the PMHNP comprises 80 credits; the AGPCNP comprises 88 credits.

Core requirements for all specializations include Conceptual Systems for Advanced Nursing Practice; Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice; Advanced Role Development; Scholarly Writing; Principles of Population Health and Data Analysis for Advanced Nursing Practice; Health Policy Leadership; Quality/Translation; and Systems Management. Other courses for all three specializations include Health Assessment Throughout the Lifespan and Practicum; Advanced Pathophysiology; and Advanced Clinical Pharmacology.

DNP project courses include Residency I DNP Project identification; DNP project development; DNP project implementation; and DNP project evaluation and dissemination.

Specialization courses for FNP and PMHNP DNP students follow those listed above for MSN students.

  • DNP Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Curriculum: Specialization courses include Health Promotion, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Clinical Management: Nurse Practitioner I-II and Practicums; Life Assessment and Clinical Management: Women’s Health and Practicum; Health Promotion Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Children and Adolescents Practicum; Improving Mental Health Outcomes in Primary Care; Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Older Adults; Care of Older Adults with Chronic Health Problems and Complex Needs and Practicum; DNP Role in Long-Term Care of Adults; and Advanced Intervention DNP Practicum.

Online Experience: ETSU utilizes iLearn through D2L Brightspace as their online Learning Management System (LMS). Within iLearn, students have the ability to access course materials, syllabi, email, grades, assignments, assessments, discussion boards, course-related activities, and all programs and technology necessary to the online learning environment.

Online students have access to disability services, student health services, the counseling center, student organizations, online libraries, the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, academic advising, faculty support, technical support, and career counseling. ETSU also offers student services through the Center for Academic Achievement and the School of Graduate Studies’ Boot Camps. These entities provide free tutoring, speech, and writing services.

On-Site Requirements: The MSN and Post-Master’s Certificate programs are 100 percent online plus local clinical practicums and do not require any campus visits. The Post-DNP AGPCNP Certificate program requires four campus visits to the Johnson City, TN campus. The BSN to DNP program requires one visit to campus per semester totaling nine visits for full-time students. Part-time DNP students should inquire as to the number of campus visits.

Paying for the East Tennessee State University Online NP Programs

East Tennessee State University charges $601 per credit plus fees for Tennessee residents and $801 per credit plus fees for non-residents enrolled in its online NP programs. Travel expenses for any campus visits are not included in tuition costs. Prospective students should contact the ETSU College of Nursing for updated tuition costs.

ETSU graduate students may be eligible for unsubsidized federal Stafford Loans and Graduate PLUS loans through the FAFSA. Other options for funding include private loans, outside scholarships and grants, and the possibility of tuition discounts or tuition reimbursement programs through employers.

East Tennessee State University

APRN Programs

BSN to DNP – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner
BSN to DNP – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (for RNs with non-nursing Bachelor's)
MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health NP (for RNs with non-nursing Bachelor's)
MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Post-DNP Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
Post-Graduate Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Graduate Certificate – Psychiatric Mental Health NP

Campus Address

310 Nicks Hall
Johnson City, Tennessee 37614

East Tennessee State University – BSN to DNP – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP

Program Essentials

Degree Level

DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

9

Credits Needed to Graduate

88

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

Yes (if GPA <3.2)

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, ND, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

88

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$601.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$52,888.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$801.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$70,488.00

East Tennessee State University – BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

9

Credits Needed to Graduate

83

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

Yes (if GPA <3.2)

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, ND, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

83

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$601.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$49,883.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$801.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$66,483.00

East Tennessee State University – BSN to DNP – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

9

Credits Needed to Graduate

80

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

Yes (if GPA <3.2)

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, ND, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

80

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$601.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$48,080.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$801.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$64,080.00

East Tennessee State University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

51

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

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, HI, UT, WI, KY, FL, SC, NC, PA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, MA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

51

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$601.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$30,651.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$801.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$40,851.00

East Tennessee State University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (for RNs with non-nursing Bachelor's)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

63

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

Bachelor's (Non-Nursing) – Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, HI, UT, WI, KY, FL, SC, NC, PA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, MA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

63

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$601.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$37,863.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$801.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$50,463.00

East Tennessee State University – MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health NP (for RNs with non-nursing Bachelor's)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

60

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

Bachelor's (Non-Nursing) – Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, HI, UT, WI, KY, FL, SC, NC, PA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, MA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

60

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$601.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$36,060.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$801.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$48,060.00

East Tennessee State University – MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

48

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

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, HI, UT, WI, KY, FL, SC, NC, PA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, MA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

48

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$601.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$28,848.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$801.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$38,448.00

East Tennessee State University – Post-DNP Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP

Program Essentials

Degree Level

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

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

4

Credits Needed to Graduate

32

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AZ, CA, FL, KS, KY, MD, MA, NE, NY, OR, WA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

32

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$601.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$19,232.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$801.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$25,632.00

East Tennessee State University – Post-Graduate Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

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

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

24

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

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…)

AZ, CA, FL, KS, KY, MD, MA, NE, NY, OR, WA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

24

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$601.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$14,424.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$801.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$19,224.00

East Tennessee State University – Post-Graduate Certificate – Psychiatric Mental Health NP

Program Essentials

Degree Level

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

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Spring

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

24

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

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…)

AZ, CA, FL, KS, KY, MD, MA, NE, NY, OR, WA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

24

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$601.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$14,424.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$801.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$19,224.00

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.