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King University’s partnerships with regional community colleges serve to strengthen
the high caliber of nurses with which the University’s School of Nursing is renowned.
“The U.S. health care system and practice environment, including educational institutions,
are making profound changes to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate
degree from the current 50 percent to 80 percent by 2020,” said Dr. Johanne Quinn,
dean and professor of King’s School of Nursing. “King University has taken a lead
in this effort to promote seamless access for nurses to earn a higher level of education
by collaborating with several community colleges throughout Tennessee and Virginia.
King’s enrollment has doubled in the past few years through its many outreach campuses
and locations. This will not only address the nursing shortage but it will also provide
a workforce prepared to meet the demands of diverse populations.”
One community college partner is Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon,
Va. “Virginia Highlands Community College is proud to partner with King University
to offer top-quality nursing education programs,” said Dr. Ron Proffitt, president
of Virginia Highlands Community College. “Working together, we are supplying our
region’s healthcare community with registered nurses and making it possible for them
to continue rewarding careers while they pursue advanced degrees. Our workforce,
local economy, and the region’s healthcare community all benefit from this outstanding
King’s nursing program is built on a holistic philosophy that promotes caring relationships
and critical thinking. Its curriculum encourages diversity; social tolerance and
justice; and personal, interpersonal, and professional development. It also supports
mission work and an interdisciplinary process that focuses on the physical, spiritual,
and intellectual dimensions of health. The School of Nursing yields highly sought
Nursing students develop key competencies to promote, maintain, and restore health
through planned classroom and clinical experiences, including King’s nursing skills
laboratory. Students also develop working relationships with faculty who are highly
qualified as skilled practitioners and educators, as well as interact with classmates
who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and experiences.
Students also apply classroom knowledge and gain hands-on experience through learning
opportunities at the area's finest hospitals and community settings such as health
departments and schools, as well as gain acute and critical care experience in local
major hospitals, including top-rated cardiac and oncology units.
The partnerships created with community colleges across Tennessee and Virginia make
it possible to meet students where they are. Whether it is a personal goal or a step
toward furthering their career, King is making it easier for working adults throughout
the region in their quest to obtain their degree.
Students who are currently in the nursing program at Virginia Highlands Community
College typically complete their associate degree prior to transferring to King for
the University’s nursing bridge program. Students can transfer to King’s nursing
program from any program at Virginia Highlands. A reverse articulation agreement
would apply if the student transfers prior to completing their associate at Virginia
Highlands. This agreement allows credits earned at King to transfer back to Virginia
Highlands, and thereby allowing the student to complete his or her associate degree
at Virginia Highlands while also earning their bachelor’s degree at King.
Currently, King has articulation agreements with nine community colleges, five in
Tennessee and four in Virginia, including Virginia Highlands Community College, Mountain
Empire Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, and Wytheville Community
College. Also, King is currently developing reverse transfer credit agreements with
all partner community colleges.
Three community colleges in Southwest Virginia have developed the Tri-College Nursing
Program, in which Virginia Highlands Community College, Mountain Empire Community
College, and Southwest Virginia Community College collaborate to offer one nursing
program. The three schools share resources to provide the nursing program to students
at all three institutions.
“An articulation agreement is designed to ensure a students’ path from a community
college going through transfer into a bachelor’s level college is a seamless transition,”
stated Micah Crews, associate vice president of enrollment management for Graduate
and Professional Studies Online Programs (GPS). “It is designed to take much of
the guess work out of the transfer process. Students know their credits will be accepted
at the receiving institution. Depending on how detailed the articulation agreement
is, the student may even know course for course how credits will transfer.
In addition to King’s traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, King
is making it easier for working nurses throughout Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee
in their quest to obtain a bachelor’s degree. King’s GPS Bachelor of Science in Nursing
for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN) degree program empowers nurses to become leaders in
the health care industry.
“King's nursing faculty are receptive to the changing landscape in healthcare. They
are positioning themselves to be nimble by helping to meet the need for more nurses
in the region and in the nation,” said Dr. Matt Roberts, dean of academic affairs
and chief academic officer. Our faculty go to multiple instructional locations. One
of King's biggest successes is the RN-BSN program, and it shows that wherever we go,
there is a need.”
Roberts added, “King, along with its community college partners, is going to meet
students where they are and will continue to provide relevant and meaningful educational
opportunities that are responsive to the needs of the 21st Century.”
“For nurses who have their RN license by way of an associate degree, King’s RN-BSN
GPS program provide an easy transition to obtain their bachelor’s degree in nursing
in as little as 16 months,” said Crews. “In King’s traditional BSN program, we receive
transfers from the community colleges who then complete their entire nursing program
at King. We work with the students so they are ready to go into our clinical program
and complete it within two years.”
“It is part of our goal with our community college partners to create clear degree
pathways for students to be able to walk through, eliminating as many bumps along
the road as possible,” continued Crews. “We would not be able to do this without
the support and the hard work that our community college partners put into working
with these students as well.”
King Nursing student Tammy Herndon is pursuing her RN-BSN degree through King’s School
of Nursing and the GPS program. Tammy took a moment to describe her journey to King
and her career choice of nursing. “Nursing is my second career. After high school
I received a business degree from Virginia Highlands Community College. I had my
own business for twelve years, but God kept laying it on my heart to be a nurse.
I looked into it and was told that many aren’t accepted to nursing school when they
first apply. I applied to Virginia Highlands and was accepted on my first application.
I closed my business, took a leap of faith, and went to nursing school. God provided
Tammy added, “After receiving my associate degree in nursing from Virginia Highlands
in May 2011, I decided I wanted to take my education further. Since my son was still
in high school, I needed to stay locally. I had heard great things about King. King
admissions representative Josie Russell, who I knew, came by to talk with me about
the program. I love the spiritual aspect of King and the convenience. I am able
to take classes at both the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center as well as
King’s main campus in Bristol.” Currently, I serve as a public health nurse with
People, Inc. I’m getting ready to take the community and public health course at
King and look forward to further incorporating my education into my everyday interactions
as a nurse.” Tammy will graduate with the RN-BSN degree from King in 2013.
King nursing programs with summer start dates include the RN-BSN in Knoxville and
online. For fall 2013, in addition to Knoxville, nursing students have options of
studying for their traditional BSN in Bristol and Kingsport. The RN-BSN will be offered
online, as well as in Bristol, Kingsport, Richlands, Morristown, Strawberry Plains,
Harriman, Knoxville, and King’s newest locations in Blount County and Nashville.
King also offers the MSN degree with concentration options in Family Nurse Practice,
Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, as well as a dual degree option of MSN
and Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Kingsport and Knoxville. The Nursing
education, Nursing Administration and MSN/MBA concentrations for the MSN will also
be offered online.
The King University School of Nursing is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing,
is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and is accredited by
the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
For more information on King University’s School of Nursing visit www.king.edu or http://nursing.king.edu.
King University is a Presbyterian, master’s-level comprehensive university. Founded
in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors and pre-professional
degrees and concentration in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health
sciences, pharmacy, digital media, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are
offered in business administration, education, and nursing. For more information visit
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