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University Develops Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is the latest institution to develop an advanced nursing program as a response to the changing needs of the healthcare industry. In the fall of 2011, SIUE’s fully accredited School of Nursing will offer a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) for students who have earned their master’s degree.

According to school officials, over the course of the five-semester program, nursing degree candidates will be immersed in doctoral education that will transform them into future leaders in their profession. In addition, enrollees will engage in week-long, on-campus intensives, focused coursework, experimental learning, self-assessment and project management skill development.

"Nurses prepared at the doctorate level will be able to develop practice, organizational, economic and leadership skills," says Marcia Maurer, SIUE nursing dean.

The new degree program is a response to the decision made by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to move the required level of preparation for advanced practice from a master’s degree to the doctorate-level by 2015. SIUE officials say that their institution is one of 132 DNP programs currently enrolling students nationwide, with an additional 160 being planned.

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