Harding to Offer Nursing Degree Program in Fall 2014

Harding University announced Wednesday that it will offer a Master of Science in Nursing degree program beginning in the fall of 2014.

The program will be taught in the university's Carr College of Nursing and will be offered mostly online. It will prepare students to be family nurse practitioners.

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, according to the school. Advanced practice registered nurses work collaboratively with physicians and other health-care team members to provide comprehensive treatment plans and prescribe medications.

"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," said Susan Kehl, graduate director for the Carr College and assistant professor. "We believe Christian nurse leaders are needed more than ever in the rapidly changing health-care environments."