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King University News :: King Receives Approval for Family Nurse Practitioner Program

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 settings.

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 care.

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 admissions@king.edu or 800.362.0014.