March 1, 2018 at 2:30pm
Dane Lisser

School of Nursing to enroll first Family Nurse Practitioner cohort January 2019

The Millikin University School of Nursing has announced a new Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degree option within its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The School of Nursing will enroll its first Family Nurse Practitioner cohort starting in January 2019.

"This is an exciting moment for Millikin University, for Decatur, and for the state of Illinois," said Millikin President Dr. Patrick White. "There is a shortage of primary care providers throughout the country and Millikin University is responding by educating Family Nurse Practitioners to take leadership roles in the future of healthcare. Millikin University and our School of Nursing once again are responding in a nimble and flexible way to the needs of our community and region. My wife, Chris, is a Family Nurse Practitioner, so I know first-hand the difference these dedicated professionals will make in the quality of life in central Illinois and beyond."

Millikin School of Nursing  

Dr. Pam Lindsey, Director of the Millikin School of Nursing

Millikin's Family Nurse Practitioner program provides two options: for those who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - the BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner; or for those who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - the MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner.

The BSN to DNP (FNP) degree consists of 69 credit hours and includes 1200-plus hours of clinical practice. The MSN to DNP (FNP) degree consists of 50-54 credit hours and includes 800-plus clinical hours.

Courses will be offered year round in a variety of modalities: face-to-face, hybrid or online. The BSN to DNP option begins January 2019, and the MSN to DNP option will begin May 2019. The application deadline for both options is June 15, 2018. Full and part-time options are available.

Millikin School of Nursing

Dr. Patrick White, President of Millikin University

Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner program will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination administered by either the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Program (AANPCP) or the American Nursing Credentialing Center (AANC).

"With the growing need for primary care providers, increasing the number of family nurse practitioners can help meet the expected increase in demand," said Dr. Pam Lindsey, director of the School of Nursing at Millikin. "The need for primary healthcare providers is not only a national issue, but one that we face locally and regionally."

It is our hope that the addition of the Family Nurse Practitioner program will play a significant role in addressing the increasing need for primary care providers in our community and region.

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, more than 234,000 licensed nurse practitioners are currently providing over 1.02 billion visits per year throughout the U.S. Over 1.6 million Americans already choose nurse practitioners as their primary healthcare providers, and the nurse practitioner profession is among the fastest growing healthcare jobs in the United States.

Millikin School of Nursing

Tanya Andricks '95, CEO of Crossing Healthcare

"The Family Nurse Practitioner program at Millikin reflects the strengths of our School of Nursing and the needs of the larger community," said Millikin Provost Dr. Jeff Aper. "The rapidly evolving world of healthcare requires highly trained, advanced practice professionals who have the knowledge, skills, adaptability and vision to serve people very well and help guide the development of an effective and efficient healthcare system in Illinois and across the U.S."

In 2014, Millikin University's School of Nursing launched its Doctor of Nursing Practice program, the first doctoral degree at Millikin. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a practice-focused doctorate designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to lead practice changes based on evidence to improve patient outcomes in complex healthcare systems.

Millikin School of Nursing

Tim Stone, President and CEO of Decatur Memorial Hospital

The DNP program began with two options: the nurse anesthesia program and a DNP completion option for nurses who hold advanced practice degrees.

Dr. Lindsey noted, "Almost all nurse practitioners are prepared in a primary care focus, such as adult, family, pediatric or women's health. Of these, the Family Nurse Practitioner focus is the most prevalent category. It is our hope that the addition of the Family Nurse Practitioner program will play a significant role in addressing the increasing need for primary care providers in our community and region."

Millikin School of Nursing

Millikin School of Nursing

The nursing programs at Millikin University foster the development of women and men in a community of life-long learners who are able to envision and shape the future of healthcare and compose a personal life of meaning and value. The framework for the nursing curricula at Millikin incorporates the School of Nursing mission, goals, and outcomes under the core concepts of person, nursing, environment, and health.

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