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ACNP and PNP Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

The UK College of Nursing’s Graduate Program is tied at 21st among graduate schools of nursing according to U.S. News & World Report in its 2012 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, putting it in the top seven percent of graduate nursing programs in the nation.

The BSN, MSN and DNP programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, which is officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency. The PhD Program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The college celebrated its 50th anniversary during the 2010-2011 academic year, and in the following year, marked the 10th anniversary of the DNP Program and the 25th anniversary of the PhD Program. UK opened the first DNP Program in the nation and the first PhD Program in the region.


position descriptions

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – This 12-month, tenure track position requires a strong commitment to the education of graduate students enrolled in the college’s Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track and practicing with the interdisciplinary team in an acute care setting at UK HealthCare. This faculty member is expected to teach, advise and provide clinical supervision for students enrolled in the college’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program; engage in scholarship either through a program of research or evidence-based practice; and engage in service at the university, college or professional levels. Qualifications include a doctoral degree in nursing preferred; a master’s degree and doctoral degree in a related field will be considered. Active RN and APRN licenses in Kentucky, certification as an acute care nurse practitioner and a minimum of two years’ experience in an acute care setting are required. Certification as a family nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist will be considered.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – This 12-month, tenure-track position with Kentucky Children’s Hospital presents the opportunity to be part of a dynamic nursing and interdisciplinary research and practice team. Responsibilities include facilitating clinical research and evidence-based practice; mentoring nursing staff; and teaching in the college’s DNP graduate program. Qualifications include a doctoral degree in nursing or a related field with a master’s degree in nursing, relevant clinical inpatient or acute care experience and active RN and APRN licenses in Kentucky. National certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner preferred, but will consider a certified pediatric clinical nurse specialist.

required documents

Review of applicants will begin immediately. Please send cover letter, current curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references electronically to Patricia B. Howard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, interim dean and professor, at

An Equal Opportunity University. More information at  The University of Kentucky is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

posted september 2013