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King University News :: King University’s First FNP Graduates Receive 100% Pass Rate on Certification Exam

One hundred percent of the first graduates of King University’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program have passed their certification exam.  The certification exam is available to FNP students through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  

“The certification exam must be passed by all FNP students in order to become an Advanced Practice Nurse,” said Susan Adams, assistant professor of Nursing for King University.  “The exam covers the complete life span of a patient, testing knowledge of health assessment, disease management, lab interpretation, health education, and prevention.” 

Part of King’s School of Nursing and Graduate Professional Studies and Online Programs, the Family Nurse Practitioner program is one of several concentrations offered as part of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.  The FNP concentration provides 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.  Practice occurs in public health clinics, private practice offices, HMO clinics, community-based health centers, hospital clinics and units, correctional facilities, and other settings providing health care.

King’s first MSN FNP cohort consisted of 12 Registered Nurses (RN).  Having begun their studies in the fall of 2011, all 12 received their advanced nursing degrees during the University’s spring commencement exercises in May 2013. 

“All 12 graduates did very well,” commented Adams.  “They were all strong coming into the program.  It was a blessing to teach this cohort of students who were already highly skilled in the art of nursing.  The group included a well-rounded mix of students - some having worked only one to two years after receiving their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and several who entered the program after having worked for 20 years as a nurse.” 

“The FNP program is designed with the working nurse in mind,” said Greg King, assistant vice president of Enrollment Management for King University.  “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.  King’s nursing program is known for producing highly sought after quality nurses committed to excellence.”

In addition to the FNP program, RN’s seeking an advance practice degree have several additional options within the MSN program including concentrations in nursing administration, nursing education; or a combined nursing administration/business administration (MSN/MBA) degree. 

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health, reaffirmed accreditation for the King University School of Nursing following an on-site, regularly scheduled, evaluation process.

For more information on the King University School of Nursing visit http://nursing.king.edu

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