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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

King University’s Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) prepares professional nurses for a specialty role in advanced nursing practice, leadership in the nursing profession, and future doctoral study. You’ll learn the advanced theoretical knowledge, research and practice skills needed to function in increasingly complex care settings.

Within our MSN program, you may choose from the following specialization areas, including Nursing Administration, Nurse Educator, Nurse Educator Post-Master’s Certificate, Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner – Post Master’s Certificate, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

All Master of Science in Nursing students will participate in a major service learning project during their program of study within their speciality concentrations.

This program is also offered online. View more information about the MSN online program.

The School of Nursing programs are fully approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing, and are a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

CCNE Accredited

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at King University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education: 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

King University Program - MSN
Family Nurse Practitioner
  • A five-semester course of study that builds on baccalaureate knowledge with preparation for advanced practice roles specializing in primary care
  • Emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, outcomes management, clinical research, and advanced clinical decision making
  • Graduates are eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination either through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and may apply for an advanced practice nurse license as appropriate in their legal state of practice.
  • Plan of study offered in hybrid format with concentrations / clinical courses offered face-to-face one day per week with core nursing offered online
  • Program of study starts fall or spring semester depending on location. Contact the admissions office for additional information at 423.652.4861.

The FNP face-to-face classes are available in ABINGDON, KINGSPORT, and KNOXVILLE.

  1. Provide health maintenance and health promotion services to individuals and families across the lifespan.
  2. Diagnose and treat a variety of common health problems (actual and potential) commonly encountered in primary care settings.
  3. Utilize advanced practice nursing knowledge and clinical skills to help patients to achieve and/or maintain optimal health or to manage chronic conditions.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis in the provision of safe, patient-centered, effective, and evidence-based primary care services.
  5. Provide knowledgeable and sensitive services to multicultural and diverse patient groups across the lifespan.
  6. Provide holistic care and serve as a patient advocate in accordance with the Christian belief in the dignity and worth of the individual and family.

A minimum of 600 clinical practicum hours are required for the advanced practice role as a family nurse practitioner. Students will gain experience in primary care across the lifespan within settings specializing in Pediatrics, Women’s Health, and Care of Geriatric and Adult Populations.

These clinical experiences are accomplished under the guidance of a faculty member and a community-based faculty approved preceptor.

The graduate nursing curriculum consists of courses in three areas of study:

  1. The advanced practice nursing core (required of all students)
  2. The advanced practice specialty core
  3. The nursing clinical and/functional specialization

Offered in hybrid format with concentrations and clinical courses offered one-on-one 1 day per week. Core nursing courses offered online.

MSN FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER PLAN OF STUDY

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • A five-semester course of study that builds on baccalaureate knowledge with preparation for advanced practice roles specializing in pediatric primary care from birth through adolescence
  • Emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, outcomes management, clinical research, and advanced clinical decision making.
  • Graduates are eligible to take the Primary Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner exam through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) or the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam through American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and may apply for an advanced practice nurse license as appropriate in their legal state of practice.

The PNP program is a combination of on ground intensives 1-2 days each semester and online classes. On ground intensives are taught at King’s Hardin Valley location in KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE.

  1. Provide health maintenance and health promotion services to individuals and families.
  2. Diagnose and treat a variety of common health problems (actual and potential) commonly encountered in primary care settings.
  3. Utilize advanced practice nursing knowledge and clinical skills to help patients to achieve and/or maintain optimal health or to manage chronic conditions.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis in the provision of safe, patient-centered, effective, and evidence-based primary care services.
  5. Provide knowledgeable and sensitive services to multicultural and diverse patient groups across the lifespan.
  6. Provide holistic care and serve as a patient advocate in accordance with the Christian belief in the dignity and worth of the individual and family.

A minimum of 600 clinical practicum hours are required for the advanced practice role as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Students will gain experience in pediatric primary care across the lifespan within settings specializing in Pediatrics and Women’s Health.

These clinical experiences are accomplished under the guidance of a faculty member and a community-based faculty approved preceptor.

The graduate nursing curriculum consists of courses in three areas of study:

  1. The advanced practice nursing core (required of all students)
  2. The advanced practice specialty core
  3. The nursing clinical and/functional specialization
Nurse Educator
  • Plan of study is offered online with classes beginning in both fall and spring semesters.
  • This study prepares students for academic teaching roles with coursework in curriculum development and teaching/learning principles.
  • This study prepares students for clinical focused teaching to patients and populations in a student-chosen clincial speciality or focus area.
  • Application of specialized knowledge and skills related to theories and principles of education, practice and leadership to promote educational outcomes.
  1. Develop educational strategies to promote holistic learning in individuals and groups with diverse backgrounds and developmental levels.
  2. Apply teaching and learning theory to the design, implementation and evaluation of learning processes.

420 minimum clinical practicum hours

Note: These clinical experiences are accomplished under the guidance of a faculty member and a preceptor in field study and internship courses. All preceptors MUST hold a minimum preparation at the master’s level.

39 semester hours

Nursing Administration
  • Prepares the graduate to be successful in mid-level and upper-level management
  • Concepts and theories related to financial and economic aspects of health care, health care policy, nursing delivery systems, resource management, human resources, program evaluation, and organizational leadership are applied with an emphasis on the interpersonal and visionary attributes of the nurse leader.
  • Selected clinical, administrative, and research experiences provide the students with the opportunity to function as a nurse executive.
  1. Develop strategies to achieve quality outcomes in care delivery with respect to fiscal and human resources.
  2. Apply management theory in the design and implementation of services in a health care system.

395 minimum clinical practicum hours

Note: These clinical experiences are accomplished under the guidance of a faculty member and a preceptor in field study and internship courses. All preceptors MUST hold a minimum preparation at the master’s level.