The Caylor School of Nursing (CSON) at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will begin offering the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration at LMU’s extended learning site located at Florida Hospital Tampa (3102 East 138th Street) beginning in January 2018.
“The need for primary care providers in the United States continues to grow at an alarming rate,” said Dr. Mary Anne Modrcin, vice president of extended learning sites and dean of LMU-CSON. “Because of that, family nurse practitioners are in high demand, in Florida and around the United States. Together with Florida Hospital, LMU is excited to bring this program to nurses in the Tampa area to help meet the health care needs of individuals, families, and communities.”
According to Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) the supply of primary care nurse practitioners is projected to increase by 30 percent, from 55,400 in 2010 to 72,100 in 2020 to meet the growing needs of the aging population. Family nurse practitioners are advance practice nurses who combine diagnose and treatment of patients with an added emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
LMU introduced the MSN degree program with the FNP concentration in 2006 following Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approval and subsequently received Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC), accreditation. At present, the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and MSN degree programs in Tampa, Florida have been deemed eligible for the Candidacy process with the ACEN. In addition, LMU’s ASN and BSN programs in Tampa have been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.
The FNP concentration prepares nurses in an advanced practice role with competencies in family and population health and culturally competent clinical management of health conditions across the life span. The 17-month FNP concentration requires 43 semester hours of graduate course work, including a minimum of 660 clinical hours with both full-time and part-time options available.
In addition to the FNP program, LMU commences the accelerated BSN program in August 2017 and will begin the accelerated ASN program in January 2018 at the Florida Hospital extended learning site in Tampa. The CSON offers a variety of degree options to meet nurses’ career goals, including the ASN, BSN, MSN and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees.
Applications for the MSN-FNP program in Tampa are now being accepted. For more information regarding the FNP concentration or any of the LMU’s nursing programs in Tampa, please call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 6324 or visit nursing.LMUnet.edu.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or e-mail at admissions@LMUnet.edu.
Lincoln Memorial University is approved to operate within the state of Florida by the Commission for Independent Education through a Provisional License under the provisions of Chapter 1005, Florida Statutes and Chapter 6E, Florida Administrative Code. This license allows Lincoln Memorial University to offer courses leading to degrees in nursing at the ASN, BSN, and MSN levels.