The UNCG School of Nursing was awarded a $699,700 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant will prepare students in UNCG’s graduate nurse practitioner program to help rural residents gain access to specialized medical care.
Also, the UNCG School of Nursing was ranked #11 among the best online programs offering master’s degrees in Nursing, tied with Michigan State and the University of Cincinnati. The only program in the state ranked higher is Duke University (#9); ECU is ranked #34 and UNC Charlotte is #64.
“A great way to start the new year,” said School of Nursing Dean Dr. Robin Remsburg. “The DHHS/HRSA grant is critical to our work with medically underserved populations in North Carolina, where 80 out of 100 counties are rural. Having more highly trained nurse practitioners available in rural areas changes the culture of health.”
Remsburg noted that “the recognition from US News & World Report speaks to our student-centered approach; with curriculum adjustments that make the program more attractive and relevant to student needs, we’re seeing a dramatic rise in applications. Our faculty credentialing and training continues to accelerate, and we can offer students cutting-edge technology such as the nation’s first SimMom robot for birth simulation training.”
North Carolina has eight universities that offer nationally accredited graduate nurse practitioner programs, but only three – including UNCG – prepare NPs to specialize in adult gerontology primary care. The degree, a Post-BSN Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice (AGNP DNP), will help students address the needs of an aging population.
The project has designated three academic-practice partnerships: Novant Health systems, Davidson Medical Ministries Clinic and Cone Health Community Health & Wellness Center.
For the 2018 edition of the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs rankings, US News & World Report ranked schools in five categories: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; peer reputation; admissions selectivity and student services and technology.
By Eden Bloss