The Graduate Nursing program at Austin Peay State University offers a supportive learning environment to prepare students for advanced practice
roles in various health care organizations and settings. Both the FNP and NE concentrations are flexible and designed to meet the needs of
Registered Nurses in various stages of their careers. All graduate nursing classes
are primarily delivered in an online format.
Both the FNP and NE concentrations offer students access to a collaborative academic
community with low student-to-faculty ratios, direct and frequent access to faculty,
personal advising, and an interactive approach to learning. Students attend required
on-campus intensives to practice hands-on skills, participate in simulation, and interact
with peers, faculty, and experts in the field. Prior to graduation, students in both
concentrations develop an evidence-based project that requires integration of the
knowledge gained from their concentrations.
More information can be found about the Graduate Nursing programs in the APSU Graduate
There are many reasons a student should consider the APSU Graduate Nursing Program.
Here are just a few:
Low faculty: student ratios--from the time students are admitted, we get to know them by name. The Graduate Nursing
Faculty at APSU are committed to the success of our students.
High Value/Low Cost Education--tuition at APSU is very competitive and students graduate with low debt and quality
Student Involvement--from their first semester, graduate nursing students have opportunities to participate
in graduate nursing committees.
On-Campus Intensives (OCIs)--opportunities for on-campus learning: we believe that advanced assessment and procedures
are best learned when they can be practiced in a fun, supportive and hands-on learning
Synchronous videoconferencing--these opportunities provides students real time experiences and participation from any location.
Asynchronous classes--classes are set up to be primarily onilne. Students watch lecture content, take
quizzes, submit assignments, and participate in online discussions asynchronously.
On-Campus Intensives (OCIs) are required visits to the Clarksville, Tennessee, campus.
Students will receive dates and times well in advance for planning purposes.
The OCIs allow students to learn and practice skills, test classroom education and
socialize, all under the guidance of the Graduate Nursing faculty.
The MSN Program (FNP concentration) requires three intensives: Assessment, Clinical,
The Post-Graduate Certificate Program (FNP concentration) requires two intensives:
Clinical and Final
The MSN Program (NE concentration) requires two intensives: Assessment and Final.
The Post-Graduate Certificate Program (NE concentration) requires one intensive: Final
ASSESSMENT: The Assessment OCI occurs at the end of the Advanced Health Assessment (NURS 5008)
clinical/lab course. The Assessment OCI gives students a chance to meet classmates
and Graduate Nursing faculty in person and strengthen existing professional relationships.
In small groups led by Graduate Nursing faculty, students will practice the skills
acquired in class and participate in open labs, lab practice, lab check-offs, and
the white coat ceremony.
CLINICAL: The Clinical OCI for the Graduate Nursing FNP students is set during either the NURS
5801 (or) NURS 5802 course, which is about halfway through the completion of the clinical
hours. This OCI is intended to practice advanced practice office procedures (i.e:suturing,
biopsies, x-ray interpretation, nail removal, incision and drainage, and complex wound
FINAL: The Final OCI occurs towards the end of the final semester before graduation. Both
MSN concentrations will participate in the presentation of their final Capstone projects.
The Final OCI also involves a celebration for the accomplishments of the student as
they are completing their final Graduate Nursing courses.
Students can find more information about financial aid options and veteran benefits
at the Austin Peay State University Office of Student Financial Aid website.
The APSU Graduate Nursing Program welcomes out of state applicants. We have many graduate
nursing students who live and complete clinical out of the state of Tennessee. There
are rules in some states that prohibit graduate nursing students from attending clinical
practicum experiences.Current or potential nursing graduate students who fall into
any of the following categories should email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their individual needs:
Out of state students interested in applying to the Graduate Nursing Program.
Any graduate nursing student who is interested in completing clinical in a state that
is different than TN.
Students who are considering a move to a different state after entering the program.
The APSU Graduate Nursing Program cannot guarantee placement of students for clinical
practicum in all 50 states.
Each student is assigned a Graduate Nursing advisor who will review each student's
program sequence outlining which courses to take in the various semesters.
Yes. Students are required to be on campus 2-3 times throughout their program. Each
On-Campus Intensive (OCI) is 1-2 days and the date is published well in advance. The
OCIs are FUN. There are opportunities for learning and socialization with peers and
Many of our students continue to work while in our program; however, each student
has varying needs related to study time, work-life balance, and clinical practicum
availability. Students who choose to complete the FNP concentration full time typically
do not work, or work part-time/PRN.
No. The MSN program (both concentrations) accepts applications from nurses once they
receive their BSN degree and pass the NCLEX. Though we do not currently require any
work experience for a specific time, each student should carefully consider their
ability and desire to take on advanced level of education at the same time they are
beginning a new profession.
Students can apply to the Post-Graduate Certificate Program right after they earn
their MSN or DNP degrees.
Nurse Educators enjoy careers in instructional or administrative positions as faculty
in schools of nursing or in medical facilities in areas of staff development. A MSN
or Certificate in Nursing Education enables experienced nurses to combine their clinical
expertise with a passion for teaching.
End of Program Student Learning Outcomes (EPSLOs)are measurable statements that express what a student will know, do, or think at the
end of the learning experience. The following EPSLOs are consistent with the identified
standards of professional practice and professional standards.
FNP MSN Concentration and FNP Post-Graduate Certificate—End of Program Student Learning
Outcomes (FNP-EPSLOs).Graduates of the MSN program (FNP Concentration) and Post-Graduate FNP Certificate
programs will be able to:
Use evidence and practice guidelines to create a safe, quality, and effective care
environment.(Essentials III, IX; NONPF Competencies 3, 8, 9; QSEN 1, 5)
Apply effective clinical reasoning in the management of Patient-Centered Care.(Essentials VIII, IX; NONPF Competencies 1, 4, 7, 9; QSEN 3)
Practice ethical decision making in patient management.(Essentials VI, IX; NONPF Competencies 8, 9; QSEN 1)
Apply patient advocacy and effective communication in diverse clinical settings.(Essentials VII, IX; NONPF Competencies 2, 3, 8, 9; QSEN 1, 2)
Demonstrate evidence-based decision making in the clinical setting.(Essentials III, VII, IX; NONPF Competencies 1,4, 5, 9; QSEN 3)
Formulate the ability to use scientific inquiry as a basis for clinical decision-making
and quality improvement in clinical practice.(Essentials I, III, IV, IX; NONPF Competencies 1, 4, 5, 9; QSEN 4)
Assess community and population health in the clinical setting.(Essentials VIII, VI; NONPF Competencies 6, 7, 9; QSEN 1)
Demonstrate advanced role development, professional behaviors, and leadership competency,
including effective communication and collaboration in the care of diverse patients
across the lifespan.(Essentials II, V, VII, IX; NONPF Competencies 2, 3, 4, 9; QSEN 2)
Integrate appropriate technologies for knowledge management to improve health care.(Essentials IV, IX; NONPF Competencies 5, 9; QSEN 6)
NE MSN Concentration and NE Post-Graduate Certificate—End of Program Student Learning
Outcomes (NE-EPSLOs).Graduates of the MSN program (NE Concentration) and NE Post-Graduate Certification
programs will be able to:
Demonstrate competence in developing, implementing, revising, and evaluating nursing
curricula among individuals and groups using relevant theories of nursing, teaching
and learning, evaluation, and technological innovation.(Essentials I, V, IX; NLN Nurse Educator Competencies 1, 2; QSEN 1, 6)
Apply educational theory and research to the development and evaluation of nursing
and healthcare curricula.(Essentials III, IX; NLN Nurse Educator Competencies 3, 4; QSEN 3, 4)
Analyze the impact of societal and technological changes on nursing education.(Essentials I, II, VI, IX; NLN Nurse Educator Competencies 2, 5, 6; QSEN 6)
Analyze evidence-based research to guide decisions in selecting educational interventions
to improve nursing practice, patient outcomes, safety, and population health.(Essentials III, IV, VII, IX; NLN Nurse Educator Competencies 1, 3, 7; QSEN 1, 4,
Demonstrate knowledge of the tripartite role in educational environments of higher
learning.(Essentials III, VIII, IX; NLN Nurse Educator Competency 8; QSEN 2)
Demonstrate advanced role development, ethical and professional behaviors, and leadership
competency, including effective communication, collaboration, and advocacy in the
care of diverse patients across the life/span(Essentials II, V, VII, IX; NLN Nurse Educator Competencies 5, 6; QSEN 2, 3, 4)
Demonstrate graduate level clinical knowledge and expertise to execute safe and effective
patient-focused assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation in a specialized
clinical area of nursing.(Essentials III, VIII; NLN Nurse Educator Competency 3; QSEN 2, 4, 5)
The master's degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program
at Austin Peay State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Dr. Michelle Robertson, Graduate Nursing Coordinator