Online Graduate Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner

College of Nursing

Program Overview

Do you have your master’s degree in nursing? If you're looking to advance your career, explore becoming a family nurse practitioner. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville offers a Family Nurse Practitioner online Graduate Certificate. If you're a working professional, the flexibility of distance education may be of interest to you. Certificates are offered for those with a master's degree in nursing who need or want additional training to prepare for a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Learn more about this fully online College of Nursing summer program.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700 + Fees

Out-of-State $775 + Fees



Admission Terms


*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Specialize as a Family Nurse Practitioner

Distance Education (DE) programs in the College of Nursing that lead to professional licensure or that require clinical placements or clinical coursework must abide by board and state regulations in the state where the student resides and/or will be completing the clinical experiences.

Students who reside outside of Tennessee who plan to complete a clinical placement in a state other than Tennessee, will need to take additional steps to comply with the requirements of that state. Before applying to and beginning a program, you should become familiar with your state’s licensing and professional requirements and that of the state in which you plan to reside as a practitioner. You may also reach out to the College of Nursing and speak to an advisor by calling (865) 974-7606. The university cannot guarantee that its DE programs in the College of Nursing will meet all the requirements for licensure in any particular state. If the student moves from the state of Tennessee after admission to the program, continuation in the program will depend on the availability of the program within the new state where the student physically resides. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the UT College of Nursing of a change in physical residence.

Distance Education programs at the University of Tennessee cannot currently admit students from the state of California.

You can find additional information about pre-licensure distance education requirements in individual states, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

The College of Nursing offers certificates for nurses who need additional training. A master’s degree in nursing is required for admission. This graduate certificate prepares advanced practice nurses for a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Advanced practice nursing involves the delivery of care, management of resources, interdisciplinary collaboration, and application of technology, information systems, knowledge, and critical thinking. The total credit hours will vary depending on the student’s academic record, clinical experience, and objectives. Students must complete a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours. Certificate coursework must be completed within 2 years of admission. Contact the Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies for more information.

Featured Courses

Some courses in the Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate program are as follows:

NURS 659: Family Nurse Practitioner I

Application of advanced assessment skills, health promotion, and pathophysiologic alterations to develop beginning clinical decision-making skills in the primary care of individuals and their families.

NURS 660: Family Nurse Practitioner II

Application of advanced assessment skills, health promotion, and pathophysiologic alterations emphasizing advanced clinical decision-making skills in the primary care of individuals and their families.

NURS 661: Family Nurse Practitioner III

Advanced nursing management of complex health problems of individuals and families in all developmental stages.

NURS 662: Clinical Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner

Clinical practice in the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner in a variety of health care settings.

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Are you ready to become a family nurse practitioner?