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FAU’s College of Nursing Offers Degree Programs on Treasure Coast, Making Impact on Health Care Professional Shortage

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (March 11, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is currently offering Family Nurse Practitioner and RN-to-BSN programs on the Treasure Coast at the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce. The deadline to apply for the Family Nurse Practitioner master’s program is Tuesday, April 1. To apply to the RN to BSN program, applicants must complete a College of Nursing application in addition to receiving acceptance to FAU.

“In February, federal officials announced that nearly 300,000 Floridians selected a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act, and many of these previously uninsured are in rural areas,” said Marlaine Smith, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing. “We are gradually seeing nurse practitioners play an even more vital role in the health care community, as they often need to practice to the fullest extent possible due to health professional shortages in these geographic areas. Now is the time for nurses to advance their education, preparing themselves to meet the health care needs of their community.”

According to the Institute of Medicine, nurses make up the largest segment of the health care workforce, totaling more than three million nationwide.  However, most do not practice to the fullest extent of their education and training. Recommendations recently put forth in a report from the Institute of Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation included “removing barriers to practice and care, expanding opportunities for nurses to serve as leaders, and increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.”

The College of Nursing’s Family Nurse Practitioner program provides the preparation, knowledge and skills needed for the care of children and adults in a primary care setting. Advantages of this affordable program include a flexible schedule with some online classes and clinical sites on the Treasure Coast. FAU College of Nursing students have had a proven 100 percent pass rate on the Nurse Practitioner Certification exam for the last five years.

The RN-to-BSN program also offers a flexible schedule, and is for applicants who have completed a diploma or associate's degree nursing program at an accredited institution, have completed and passed the NCLEX exam, possess an unencumbered license in their state of residence and who desire to earn their BSN.

For more information on the degree programs offered at FAU’s College of Nursing, call 561-297-3887 or visit


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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