February 15, 2011 - In a move to address the future needs of the nursing profession, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing is embarking on a new initiative, offering a doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), post-master’s degree program beginning this fall.
The new degree, a five-semester curriculum, is designed to address the new regulations proposed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Currently, 132 DNP programs, including SIUE, are enrolling students at schools of nursing nationwide; while an additional 160 DNP programs are in the planning stages.
Kathy Ketchum, assistant dean for graduate programs in the SIUE School of Nursing explained the DNP process. “Students will be immersed in doctoral education through on-campus week long intensives, focused coursework, experiential learning, self-assessment and reflection on learning and project management skill development,” Ketchum stated.
SIUE Nursing Dean Marcia Maurer said the DNP will help master’s prepared, advanced practice nurses move to the next level of expertise. “Nurses prepared at the doctorate level will be able to develop practice, organizational, economic and leadership skills,” Maurer said.
“Building on their specialty practice, DNP graduates will be poised to become leaders as they design new models of nursing care, use evidence-based knowledge in decision-making, better evaluate health care outcomes, identify and manage health care needs of individuals, communities and populations, and use technology and information to create needed change in health care.”
Admission requirements for the DNP program at SIUE include:
- Application to the School of Nursing and the Graduate School;
- Graduation from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited master’s program in nursing;
- RN licensing in good standing;
- A minimum nursing graduate GPA of 3.0/4.0;
- Narrative statements of applicant’s goals for the DNP Program and project;
- Three letters of reference, with at least one from a person with a graduate degree in nursing or related field; and a
- Personal interview, among others pre-requisites.
Ketchum stated the SIUE School of Nursing DNP program would be a transformative learning process for all individuals involved. “The program will transform excellent nurses into the future leaders of the profession.”
Visit the website for a full list of requirements and prerequisites. Applications from advanced nursing practice professionals will be open until March 1. For more information, please contact Pat Koehne, (618) 650-3930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.