Anna Katherine Townsend DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, C-EFM

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Anna Katherine Townsend DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, C-EFM

Instructor of Nursing

Office: CHHS 358
Phone: 843-661-1607

Anna Katherine Townsend began teaching for Francis Marion University in Summer 2018 as an adjunct instructor of nursing. She then joined the Francis Marion University Nursing faculty full time in August 2018 as an instructor of nursing. Anna Katherine received her BSN from the University of South Carolina in 2010, and upon graduation began her nursing career as a Labor and Delivery Nurse at Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia, SC. She also worked for the University of South Carolina as adjunct faculty. After seven years of bedside nursing, Anna Katherine received her MSN from Frontier Nursing University in December 2016. She began working as a Family Nurse Practitioner for Midlands Internal Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina in 2017. In addition, she earned her DNP from Frontier in September 2019.

Anna Katherine will be teaching in both the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs. She looks forward to preparing future nurses and nurse practitioners at Francis Marion to provide excellent care utilizing evidence based practice. Additionally she has returned to school to pursue her doctorate of nursing practice. Anna Katherine is also actively involved in the community with the Junior League of Florence.


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The liberal arts remain the foundation of a great education for all FMU students, but we’ve developed an array of professional programs to meet the 21st century needs of both our students and our community.

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The University keeps class sizes small because that’s the environment that best facilitates learning. A 15:1 student-professor ratio, and a student enrollment of 4,000 provides the perfect balance to enhance learning and still promote a diverse selection of programs.


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Francis Marion University has been recognized for six straight years as a “Great College to Work For” Honor Roll university. Read more here.


Francis Marion University is ranked among Washington Monthly’s “Best Masters Universities” in the magazine’s latest ranking.


Francis Marion University has been ranked as one of the Top 50 Most Affordable Colleges and Universities in America by two years running.


Francis Marion University is consistently ranked among the Best Regional Universities by U.S. News and World Report.


Francis Marion University is consistently ranked among the Best Ethnically Diverse Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report.



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