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News release from IPFW:

Applications now open for Doctor of Nursing Practice program, first doctoral degree offered at IPFW

(March 23, 2015) — Now master’s-prepared registered nurses can earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from IPFW. The DNP is the first doctoral-level program offered by IPFW. Applications are now being accepted for the fall semester, with a deadline of June 1, 2015.

There is high and growing demand for DNP-prepared nurses, both in healthcare institutions and in teaching roles. Nurses holding practice doctorates also command a higher salary, up to 10 percent more than those holding a master’s degree alone.

“We are thrilled to be launching our first doctoral program at IPFW this fall. The DNP, as a practice doctorate, will integrate the expertise and exceptional clinical skills of our graduate nursing faculty with that of our partners from the Doermer School of Business, the IU School of Medicine, and our regional healthcare providers”, said Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein. “Indiana taxpayers will be pleased with the collaboration among the Purdue University campuses utilizing experts from around the state to deliver this degree. This doctoral program will be a national model of an interprofessional and interdisciplinary approach to advanced nursing practice education.”

The IPFW DNP will consist primarily of online courses, allowing nurses to continue working while completing the program. It is also convenient for nurses living outside the Fort Wayne area. Supervised residency/practicum experiences are also flexible, taking place in the student’s geographic area.

Specialized content for the practicing doctorate will also be provided through interdepartmental and transdisciplinary professional partners. The IPFW DNP-prepared nurse’s clinical expertise will be enhanced through a concentration in transformational leadership, building a strong foundation in leadership and change management that will allow the graduate to address future complexity in the healthcare landscape.

Interested candidates can visit the DNP website or call Sydney Miracle, M.S.Ed., graduate nursing advisor, at 260-481-6189.

 

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