University of Mobile Announces New Master’s Degrees in Family Nurse Practitioner, Higher Education and Music Performance

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile takes aim at the national shortage of healthcare professionals with a new Family Nurse Practitioner master’s degree program, one of four new master’s degrees announced today at the Christian university.

The Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the regional accrediting body for higher education institutions in the Southern states. The accrediting organization also approved new master’s degrees in higher education and music performance, and the National Association of Schools of Music has approved the new music degrees.

The university is now enrolling students in the new master’s degree programs, as well as in current undergraduate and graduate programs. Classes start in August.

New master’s degree programs are:

University of Mobile President Timothy L. Smith said the university specifically started the Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program to address the shortage of healthcare professionals in Alabama and across the nation. Family Nurse Practitioners serve as providers of care in a variety of settings for families, including adults, childbearing women, and children.

“Within the state of Alabama, almost every county in the state is defined by the federal government as a medically underserved area because of the lack of sufficient numbers of healthcare providers. Our responsibility as a higher education institution, and especially with our Christ-centered mission, is to stay on the forefront of marketplace needs so that our graduates can serve the community and fulfill their professional calling,” Smith said.

For more information and to enroll, go online to Or, contact Brian Boyle, director of recruitment for nontraditional and graduate programs, at or 251.442.2287.

The Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program is offered through the School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions.

The four-semester program is for registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing who want a faith-based Family Nurse Practitioner program that prepares them to become advanced practice nurses. Classes will be offered online with one on-campus intensive of three to five days each semester. Students will use cutting-edge simulation and technology in the university’s new Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice.

The Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Policy is offered through the School of Education. It is geared toward those seeking to work in college and university settings.

The program emphasizes leadership within the context of a biblical worldview and prepares graduates for the changing policy dynamics of higher education. Courses look at current issues in American higher education, education in a global society, assessment and evaluation, leadership, student development and more.

The Master of Music in Piano Performance and Master of Music in Vocal Performance are offered through the Alabama School of the Arts. The degrees are designed to train students to become professional pianists and singers, or to pursue doctoral studies in piano or voice. Students will have extensive opportunities for performance through the Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts. The university is internationally recognized as an All-Steinway School.

The new master’s degrees are part of the new president’s push to develop innovative programs that quickly respond to workforce needs and changing markets.

As Smith begins his second year at UM, the university is well into the first phase of an academic enhancement plan that includes the new Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice, a four-day academic week, reorganized academic areas, expanded bachelor’s degree programs for traditional and adult students, and new non-degree certificate programs in areas such as youth ministry and college readiness.


About University of Mobile:

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist with a strong background in strategic communications, feature writing/story-telling, copywriting and editing. She serves as assistant vice president for university communications. Kathy joined the University of Mobile marketing/public relations staff in 1993 and has earned awards for writing, public relations and advertising, including twice receiving the grand prize for feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association. She serves on the board of the John M. Will Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to promising student journalists; and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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