Harding University’s Master of Science in Nursing degree program has begun accepting applications for fall 2015. The new master’s degree prepares students for a career as a family nurse practitioner.
The family nurse practitioner program 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. Dona Clarin was named director of the program in April and began work at Harding July 1. Clarin graduated from the University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She obtained an M.S.N. in 2004 from Belmont University and a D.N.P. in 2013 from Samford University.
“I am excited to welcome students who have a passion for providing high quality health care, and I believe that obtaining the educational training and expertise as a family nurse practitioner will enhance this passion even more,” Clarin said. “Family nurse practitioners are on the front line of promoting health and preventing disease in a variety of patient populations.”
The full-time sequence of the predominantly online distance education program can be completed within five semesters. Part-time options and post-graduate certifications are available for students. Low faculty to student ratios in class will allow for more in-depth learning experiences with accessible faculty. A focus on serving the underserved through health care missions is also emphasized with on-campus experiences and opportunities with short-term mission trips.
The program’s application cycle is Oct. 15, 2014-March 15, 2015. For details on application and admission requirements, visit www.harding.edu/nursing or contact the Harding University Carr College of Nursing at 501-279-4475.