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ETSU College of Nursing reports 100% DNP pass rate for 2018
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JOHNSON CITY (May 14, 2019) – East Tennessee State University College of Nursing reported that 100% of its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentrations passed their certification examination in 2018.

The PMHNP concentration at ETSU has maintained a perfect pass rate at the DNP level since inception. The FNP concentration has maintained at or near 100% pass rate since program inception.

“We are extremely proud of this achievement, which is truly a team effort,” said Dr. Myra Clark, associate dean and associate professor of graduate programs in the College of Nursing. “These rates are attained with excellent faculty, strong partnerships and talented, committed students.”

Graduates of these programs may take examinations from two organizations: the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

While at ETSU, students in the DNP programs complete a culminating project focusing on the region’s health care through an organizational leadership lens. They translate their research into the practice setting.

“Their education focuses on creating nursing leaders in health care practice using evidence-based research to improve patient outcomes through translation of research to practice,” Clark said. “Students are making a difference in the care of the region’s population. With the regional and national health care provider shortage, FNP and PMHNP graduates, within their scope of practice, are able to provide access to direct care for vulnerable patients.”

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