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FNP Concentration Receives Top Pass Rate in National Certification Exam

RADFORD -- Graduates of Radford University’s School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration recently received a 100 percent pass rate in the national certification exam of the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization and is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. FNP graduates are required to pass the national exam to become licensed to practice. According to Mary Hope Gibson, coordinator of RU’s FNP concentration, the national pass rate for 2008 graduates was 93 percent.

Radford Nursing Program“This is the eighth year the School of Nursing FNP graduates have passed the national certification exam with a 100 percent pass rate,” Gibson said. “This is a wonderful indicator of the strength of our program, the faculty’s hard work and speaks volumes about the quality of education offered at Radford University.”

The national certification exam incorporates all areas of the FNP specialty, including clinical management of acute and chronic illness across the lifespan, research, health promotion and disease prevention, and health policy.

The RU FNP concentration is part of the university's MSN program. The FNP curriculum educates nurses who will be qualified to provide primary healthcare in homes, clinics, ambulatory care facilities, long-term care facilities and other health care agencies. Graduates are prepared to work collaboratively or independently in urban and rural settings with a focus on underserved populations.

Gibson was recently named the recipient of the 2009 Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners (VCNP) Educational Award. The VCNP is the statewide organization for all nurse practitioners licensed in Virginia and is a council of the Virginia Nurses Association Commission on Professional Practice.

To learn more about Radford University’s School of Nursing, visit or call (540) 831-7700.

April 23, 2009
Contact: Mindy Buchanan-King; 540-831-7764)

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