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King University’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program to Begin January 2016

BRISTOL, Tenn., June 25, 2015 – King University plans to offer a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) concentration as part of the University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program beginning January 2016.

“We are pleased to be able to offer the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program,” says Penny Neal, Ph.D. candidate, MSN, CPNP, associate professor of Nursing at King University. “King 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.”

King University offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science in Nursing with concentrations in Nursing Administration, or a combined Nursing Administration/Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA); Nursing Education; and Family Nurse Practitioner. 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). The PNP concentration will provide graduates with advanced practice role preparation, knowledge, and diagnostic reasoning skills in the care of children from birth through young adulthood. Content includes health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic, long-term health alterations. Clinical opportunities may take place in health department clinics, private practice offices, HMO clinics, community-based health centers, hospital clinics and units, and other settings providing health care where our nurses are committed to providing quality, cost-effective care. A focus on service learning is embedded throughout the PNP program, and international mission opportunities are available for our MSN students.

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 PNP core courses and practicum emphasize the role of the advanced practice nurse. All core MSN courses will be offered online while PNP core courses will be offered in a hybrid format.

“Students will come to King’s Hardin Valley campus in Knoxville, Tenn., for intensives each semester,” says Neal. “This face-to-face time with faculty will include hands-on guided clinical opportunities, faculty lectures, guest speakers, and other engaging pediatric experiences. The remaining PNP courses will be taught through an online format.”

The PNP curriculum requires 45 credit hours to be taken over 22 months. The curriculum contains a minimum of 600 hours of required clinical practice in pediatrics and women’s health, most of which may be arranged by the student in her or his                 community at approved clinical sites. Graduates of the program and those who complete the PNP post-master's certificate are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). 

Applications are being accepted now for the January 2016 start of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. For additional information, contact Penny Neal, Ph.D. candidate, MSN, CPNP, at 865.804.1464 or


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 80 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, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.