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Family Nurse Practitioner

Take your Nursing career to the next level.


Are you a registered nurse ready to advance your career? Family Nurse Practitioners fill a crucial role in the healthcare setting, providing care for families across the life span. Lincoln Memorial University offers both a seated and online FNP program, with experienced and caring faculty. 

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. 



Gap analysis requirement for Family Nurse Practitioner PMC students

A master’s degree in nursing is required for admission to the PMC option. The completion of required didactic courses and clinical hours for the PMC students can be flexible depending upon waived and/or challenged credit hours and coursework, and as outlined in the student’s individualized program of study. The clinical evaluation process is outlined in this handbook. Each student who is admitted as a candidate for a Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) student in the FNP Concentration will complete a Gap Analysis. The Gap Analysis form can be requested from the nursing department.

Graduate coursework requirements for those with MSN and no Advanced Practice Nurse Certification

Graduate coursework for those with MSN and no advanced practice nursing certification must complete: graduate level courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment as a pre or co-requisite with NURS 561 and NURS 561A Young and Middle Adults, NURS 562 and NURS 562A Pediatrics, NURS 564 and NURS 564A Women’s Health, NURS 563 and NURS 563A Lifespan of the Older Adult, and NURS 566/567 Internships. FNP PMC students who are not already NPs are required to complete a minimum of 660 supervised clinical hours and pass the Comprehensive Examination. Other coursework that may be required at the master’s level includes Theoretical Foundations and Research Methods, Contemporary Roles and Issues for Advance Practice Nurses as determined by the Gap Analysis and FNP Concentration Director.

Dr. Jennifer Savage

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Jennifer Savage


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 the 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.