More information available:
A Doctorate Nursing Program Information Session has been scheduled by the UTC School of Nursing for:
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
UTC’s School of Nursing will begin offering the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in January 2011.
“Our program is flexible enough to accommodate nurses working in advanced practice positions who want to obtain the terminal degree for nursing practice,” said Kay Lindgren, Ph.D., RN, and director, school of nursing.
For the first class of January 2011, only Advanced Practice Nurses as specified by AACN (Master degree in Administration, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, and CNS) are eligible for admission. The application deadline is November 1, 2010, for the January 2011 class.
DNP offering helps satisfies national need
An alternative to research-focused doctoral programs, the DNP advances professional nursing roles in clinical practice and nursing leadership and management.
“Today’s complex health care environment has produced a great demand for nurses educated at a level of increasing responsibilities and competencies,” said Lindgren.
In response to this need, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing has endorsed that advanced practice nurses be prepared with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree by the year 2015.
“The DNP at UTC will be delivered via distance learning technology with synchronous and asynchronous experiences. The online option will be supported through state of the art technology and advisors who will help facilitate a path to successful program completion,” said Lindgren.
Students will be assigned to an individual faculty advisor/mentor throughout the program.
“Our graduates will engage in innovative and evidence-based nursing practice and translate reliable evidence to increase the effectiveness of nursing practice” Lindgren added.
Nurses with practice doctorates will be the most highly educated and qualified practitioners in the discipline. The DNP graduate will also be qualified to teach the future clinicians and leaders in the nursing profession.
For more information about the DNP and how to apply, contact April Anderson, Assistant DNP Coordinator, at (423) 425-4670 or Kay Lindgren, PhD RN, Director School of Nursing, (423) 425-4750. For more information about the information session scheduled for Tuesday, September 28, call (423)425-4644.
Application materials and more information are also available on the School of Nursing website at http://www.utc.edu/Academic/Nursing/DNP.php.