Fairleigh Dickinson University to Offer Doctorate in Nursing Practice
Teaneck, NJ (October 24, 2006)—Beginning in the spring semester of 2007, Fairleigh Dickinson University will be one of only two schools in New Jersey to offer a clinical doctorate degree in Nursing. This Doctoral program in Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed to prepare fully accountable professionals who are clinically expert as providers and educators.
In addition to training highly skilled leaders in nursing, FDU’s program in the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health will help address the severe nursing shortage throughout the U.S., which is expected to continue until 2030. “A major factor contributing to the shortage is nursing schools’ inability to admit the number of students required to address the shortage,” says Minerva Guttman, Director of the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health. “To a large extent, this is due to the decrease in the number of prepared nursing faculty. FDU’s nursing program will help increase the number of qualified nursing faculty, so they may in turn create qualified nurse practitioners.”
The 40-credit program includes 200 hours of mentored experience and can be completed within two years. Students may choose between the program’s direct care track, which focuses on expert practice; or the indirect care track, which prepares the graduate for teaching and leadership positions in educational settings. Graduates of both tracks will be prepared to fill clinical leadership at all levels of the health care delivery system.
“Nurses find the Doctorate in Nursing Practice very attractive,” says Guttman. “In the past, there was an emphasis on the theoretical doctorate as the main degree for nurses, but many expert clinical practitioners view the theoretical degree as too divorced from actual nursing practice. The DNP is the profession’s first recognition of the importance of clinical expertise at the doctoral level,” she explains.
The development of this new program is made possible by support from the Becton Dickinson Contributions Committee and the Edward W. and Stella C. Van Houten Memorial Fund, which have both made multi-year grants for the expansion of the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health to include the doctoral program. Additional funds from private and public sources will be sought.
To be eligible for FDU’s Doctorate in Nursing Practice program, students must have a Masters degree in advanced practice nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. They must also have a New Jersey State license as a Registered Nurse and an Advanced Practice Nurse. For more information on the DNP program and other admission requirements, call 201-692-2890.