Harding University announces graduate nursing degree program

Harding University’s Carr College of Nursing announced today a new Master of Science in Nursing degree program preparing students to be family nurse practitioners. The College will launch the program fall 2014.

The family nurse practitioner track offers advanced training for registered nurses in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients in primary care settings such as clinics. Advanced practice registered nurses work collaboratively with physicians and other health care team members to provide comprehensive treatment plans and prescribe medications.

Dr. Susan Kehl, graduate director for the College and assistant professor, has been working closely with the dean, nursing faculty and other departments within the University to prepare budgets and curriculum plans, seek national accreditation, hire faculty, recruit students, and prepare quality, evidence-based distance education strategies.

“The Carr College of Nursing has educated quality registered nurses at the baccalaureate level for many years, and we are confident we can further prepare graduate nursing students for advanced practice roles,” Kehl said. “We believe Christian nurse leaders are needed more than ever in the rapidly changing health care environments.”

The full-time sequence of the predominantly online distance education program can be completed within two years. Part-time options and post-graduate certifications are available for students. For more information, contact the Harding University Carr College of Nursing at 501-279-4475.

Harding is the largest private university in Arkansas with 6,295 students. The University also maintains campuses in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information visit www.harding.edu.