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King University Announces Fall 2017 Graduate, Professional, & Online Studies Programs

BRISTOL, Tenn., May 19, 2017 – This fall, working adults in Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will have the opportunity to complete their associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from King University. King offers programs specifically designed with the adult learner in mind through the University’s Graduate, Professional, and Online Studies Programs (GPS) as well as numerous courses for students who wish to transition from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree.

“It has never been a better time for working adults to return to school to pursue their degree,” says Micah Crews, associate vice president of Enrollment Management. “Whether they attend one night a week in one of our 13 locations or entirely online, they can complete their major coursework in as little as 16 months. This allows them the balance they need for work and family, as well as the opportunity to achieve a goal that could launch their careers in a whole new direction.”

Adults who are beginning to pursue a college degree or who have completed fewer than 60 semester hours of coursework will benefit from participating in King’s Pathway. Offered at the University’s Bristol and Knoxville campuses as well as online, Pathway allows students to complete all general education and elective requirements so they can smoothly transition into their degree coursework.

The fall 2017 GPS degree offerings for Bristol include baccalaureate degrees in Business Administration, and Elementary Education (K-6 licensure), as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses. Master’s degree programs include Education and both traditional and professional formats for Business Administration. The Bachelor of Business Administration degree will also be offered in Blountville.

Students, at King’s Kingsport campus, have bachelor’s degree options that include Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Healthcare Administration, Nursing, and Psychology. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) for Professionals along with the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with program concentrations in Nursing Administration, Nurse Educator, and Family Nurse Practitioner is also available at the Kingsport campus. King also offers a post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate at the Kingsport campus.

Southwest Virginia residents will have the opportunity to study for their bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration in Richlands and Social Work at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va.,

King’s Knoxville campus at Hardin Valley offers area residents’ degree options including Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education (K-6 licensure), Healthcare Administration, Communication, Psychology, and Nursing. Master’s degree programs include Business Administration, Education, as well as the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with program concentrations in Nursing Administration, Nurse Educator, and Family Nurse Practitioner. A post-master’s certificate is available for the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration.

Area residents in Morristown have the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Nursing, as well as a Master of Business Administration for Professionals. King’s Sevierville satellite location also offers the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Adult learners living in the Strawberry Plains, Blount County, or Harriman, Tenn., communities will be able to study for their bachelor’s degree in either Business Administration or Nursing.

King University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, which began in 2014, is accredited by both the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.

The DNP program is offered in a hybrid learning format where the majority of the courses are offered online with three required face-to-face colloquia at King’s Hardin Valley campus in Knoxville, Tenn. The program consists of 36 semester hours, 1,000 documented post-baccalaureate clinical hours, a culminating translational research project, and demonstration of identified final degree competencies. Additional information on King’s new DNP program can be found at

Students also have the option of obtaining their King University degree online. “We are excited to provide working adults with additional ways to obtain a quality degree and further their education,” said Crews. “Our degree programs are intended to build knowledge and practice in the field, as well as foster professional integrity, and promote personal growth.”

Online degree options include Associate of Arts and bachelor’s degree programs in English, Business Administration, Communication, Criminal Justice, Health Informatics, Healthcare Administration, History, Information Technology, Nursing, Psychology, and Religious Studies. Master’s degree programs are also available online in Business Administration and Nursing with program concentrations in Nursing Administration and Nurse Educator. Visit for details.

Applications are now being accepted for fall 2017 enrollment. For more information about King’s Graduate, Professional, and Online Studies degree options available in Tennessee, or financial aid opportunities, call the King University Office of Admissions at (800) 362-0014, email, or visit Applications may also be submitted online at


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.