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King College has received approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing to offer the
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration as part of the College's Master of Science
in Nursing (MSN) degree program beginning fall 2011.
We are delighted to add the Family Nurse Practitioner program to King's School of
Nursing and Graduate Professional Studies curriculum, said Dr. Paul Percy, dean of
the College and vice president of Academic Affairs for King College. King College
recognizes the increasing medical need within our community and the surrounding region
and we are committed to the development of programs designed to help meet those needs.
The MSN degree from King College prepares professional nurses for a specialty role
in advanced practice nursing, leadership in the nursing profession as nursing administrators
and educators, and for future doctoral studies. Students learn the advanced theoretical
knowledge and practice skills needed to function in increasingly complex health care
The MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. The FNP concentration will provide
graduates with advanced practice role preparation, knowledge, and diagnostic reasoning
skills in the care of children and adults across all ages within a family framework.
This culturally sensitive care includes health promotion, disease prevention, and
management of common acute and chronic long-term health alterations. This care occurs
in health department clinics, private practice offices, HMO clinics, community-based
health centers, hospital clinics and units, correctional facilities, and other settings
providing health care where our nurses are committed to provide quality, cost-effective
King College was approved in 2006 to offer graduate programs leading to the Master
of Science in Nursing with concentrations in (1) Nursing Administration, or a combined
Nursing Administration/Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA), (2) Nursing Education,
and (3) Clinical Nurse Specialist. The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration will
be offered beginning fall 2011.
The response to the addition of the Family Nurse Practitioner option from area nurses
has been one of excitement, said Dr. Johanne Quinn, interim dean for King's School
of Nursing. Many have expressed the desire to combine elements of their faith with
their desire to pursue advanced education. King College offers this possibility.
The MSN core courses form the basis of graduate nursing education. They provide a
foundation in nursing theory, research, and the health care delivery system while
the FNP core courses and practicum emphasize the role of the advanced practice nurse.
All MSN courses follow a full-time cohort format of study meeting one day per week.
The FNP curriculum requires 45 credit hours to be taken over 20 months, one day per
week. The curriculum contains a minimum of 600 hours of required clinical practice
in pediatrics, women's health and care of the adult, most of which may be arranged
by the student in her or his own community. Graduates of the program and those who
complete the FNP post-master's certificate are eligible to sit for the national certification
examination administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
The FNP program is designed with the working nurse in mind, said Mona Salyer, director
of recruitment for Graduate Professional Studies. While courses are set at an accelerated
pace, students will be able to achieve their goal of advanced practice nursing and
balance work, family, and school.
Prospective students interested in enrolling in King College's first Family Nurse
Practitioner cohort in Bristol for the academic year beginning fall 2011 are encouraged
to contact King's Office of Admissions at email@example.com or 800.362.0014.