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King University News :: KU Opens Registration for Fall 2014 RN-BSN Program in Big Stone Gap

BRISTOL, Tenn. June 19, 2014 – Beginning this fall, working nurses in Big Stone Gap and the surrounding area will have the opportunity to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN) degree through King University at Mountain Empire Community College (MECC).

“King is making it easier for working nurses throughout the region in their quest to obtain a bachelor’s degree,” said Mona Salyer, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management Graduate Professional Studies Tri-Cities.  “Whether it is a personal goal or a step toward furthering one’s career, the RN-BSN degree program empowers nurses to become leaders in the health care industry.”

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing, King’s RN-BSN program is designed to create a transformational learning experience, enhance personal and professional skill development, and meet the needs of adult learners.

“We are very pleased to be starting a new RN-BSN cohort in Big Stone Gap in the fall,” said Cecelia Lynn Holden, DNP, MEd, MSN, RN, CEN, dean and associate professor for King University’s School of Nursing. “King's School of Nursing is very committed to offering our quality RN-BSN program precisely as our slogan has always been – ‘wherever you are, we’ll meet you there’ – which literally means our nursing faculty travel to 12 different localities to teach our nursing courses throughout the communities where the student resides and works. It is our pleasure to partner with Mountain Empire Community College.”

Cindy Taylor, a nurse at Wellmont, has been studying for her RN-BSN degree through King at Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap. Taylor said, “I chose King because the school was recommended highly from my friends that attended the program. I like that King is designed for working adults.  With attending class once a week it gives you time for you to spend with your family. King supports working adults; the program allows time for your family and work.  Assignments are due in reasonable time allowing for other areas in your life to continue as normal.”

Students in the bachelor’s degree program apply competencies of assessment and therapeutic intervention, communication, critical thinking, teaching, management and leadership, and knowledge integration from the arts and sciences, nursing and related health sciences.  Students also learn to collaborate, communicate, and negotiate with nurses, other health care providers, religious congregations, and community agencies to promote, maintain or restore health and evaluate nursing care outcomes.

Designed to eliminate the challenges faced by adult-learners, courses are set at an accelerated pace, with students taking one course at a time and attending class one evening per week plus one additional class per month. Pre-requisites are an active, unencumbered RN license and an associate degree or diploma in Nursing.

“It isn’t too late for nurses to sign up to be a part of the cohort this fall,” said Salyers. “However, space is limited.”

Also offered at MECC for fall 2014 is King’s Bachelor of Business Administration degree program, which also meets one night a week for 16 months. 

For more information on King University’s RN-BSN or Business Administration degree programs at Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, stop by King’s MECC office at 240 Phillips-Taylor Hall, call (800) 362-0014, or email


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