UNCG’s School of Nursing received the green light last Friday for a new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, which administrators say will mean more career opportunities for graduates and fill a huge demand in the healthcare field.
The post-baccalaureate DNP, to start in the fall of 2015, will offer separate tracks for nurse anesthetists and adult/gerontological primary care nurse practitioners. Students must hold baccalaureate degrees in nursing, be licensed registered nurses, and have nursing practice experience related to their track.
“Demand by employers for DNP graduates is expected to be very high,” says Dr. Eileen Kohlenberg, associate dean for graduate studies in the School of Nursing. “We currently have 90 to 100 percent of our master’s nurse anesthesia and nurse practitioner graduates who are certified and employed in healthcare positions. The added preparation at a DNP level will enhance their potential for employment in a variety of settings.”
Chancellor Linda P. Brady applauds that move as a win-win-win situation for the university, program graduates and the community.
Students can complete the program full time over three years, Kohlenberg says.
By Michelle Hines