Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Program Information

Amy Bull

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Reeves is a board certified family nurse practitioner and is an experienced nurse educator. She also has expertise as a primary care provider in addition to experience in management of NP run clinics. She received her MSN from Vanderbilt school of nursing and her PhD from the University of Kentucky. Her research interests are the impact of depressive symptoms on chronic disease outcomes. She joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 1996 in a joint practice and academic role. Currently, she practices part-time at the Vanderbilt Williamson County walk in clinics in Franklin and Spring Hill, TN. She also volunteers her time as healthcare provider at a VUSN’s Mercury Court Clinic.


The Vanderbilt Legacy of Excellence

The Vanderbilt Family Nurse Practitioner program, established in 1975, is among the oldest and most progressive in the country. Rich in experience and resources, the majority of faculty are seasoned FNP professionals who are actively involved in primary care clinical practice.


The Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares students to deliver comprehensive primary care to individuals from infancy throughout adulthood, with an emphasis on family-centered health promotion and illness prevention.


Preparing You for Practice

The Family Nurse Practitioner program’s  l clinical experience allows the student to grow in their confidence and clinical skills over two semesters by providing care to patients across the lifespan in urban and/or rural primary care settings. Students begin seeing clients in the spring semester under the supervision of a qualified, VUSN approved preceptor.  The final clinical experience combines theory, research and practice in the delivery of clinical services in a family care setting. The clinical preceptorship gives each student an immersion experience with a clinical mentor who is an expert in primary health care delivery. Due to State Boards of Nursing and/or State Higher Educational rules, the School may not be able to provide clinical placements in your location of choice, but every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your placement request. By the end of the preceptorship, students are able to manage common primary care complaints with minimal input from their preceptor.


Dual-Focus Programs Expand Scope of Practice

Vanderbilt School of Nursing also offers these dual-focus programs that expand the Scope of Practice for Family Nurse Practitioners, depending upon your particular interests. Visit these programs to learn more.

  • Emergency Nurse Practitioner (FNP/AG-ACNP)
    – Prepares you for dual certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. You will care for pediatric and adult patients and treat varying levels of acuity in emergency care settings.

  • Nurse-Midwifery/Family Nurse Practitioner
    – Prepares you, in addition to the competencies of the FNP, to be a primary health care provider to essentially healthy women across their life spans and to normal newborns.