The first group of students to enroll in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track began classes this month. The Lubbock Christian University department of nursing added this program in response to a growing demand for FNP’s in Texas.
The FNP track is a 46 credit hour program designed to prepare graduates to assume a primary care role in the outpatient clinic setting. The first set of graduates are set to complete the program in two years with a new group of students admitted each May.
“This program is the product of over one year of planning and curriculum development by the nursing faculty,” says Dr. Daniel Hatch, FNP Program Coordinator for LCU. “We look forward to continued growth and success of our nursing program at LCU.”
Currently, 90% of rural Texas communities are medically underserved, creating a need for nurse practitioners in those communities. While LCU currently has a Master of Science in Nursing Education and Leadership program, the nurse practitioner track provides a more clinical focus of study, preparing students for the advanced practice role. Texas has the second largest population in the nation, yet the state ranks 45th when it comes to primary care physicians per capita. Adding this program is a step forward in improving access to more primary care providers throughout the state.
LCU’s nursing program partnered with Covenant School of Nursing in 2012 to help students achieve a higher level of education. The partnership allows students to receive their RN diploma from Covenant School of Nursing and their bachelor of science in nursing degree from LCU.
This partnership made the FNP program a natural fit with LCU academia. Admission into this program is highly competitive as only a limited number of students will be accepted annually. The program is a hybrid of online and traditional lectures, including over 720 hours of hands-on clinical experiences. A substantial amount of time will be spent attending lectures, labs, and clinical rotations.
Lubbock Christian University has more than 2000 students and is a four-year private master's level institution that promotes unique educational opportunities with a strategic focus on student success in four key areas: spiritual formation, intellectual growth, personal stewardship and leadership development. Degree programs are offered for both bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. For over 55 years, the school has offered academic excellence in a Christian environment. For more information about Lubbock Christian University visit their website at www.lcu.edu.