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Doctor of Nursing Practice

June 10, 2010

A new era has begun at Ursuline with the announcement of the College's first doctoral degree in Nursing Practice (DNP). The Breen School of Nursing is now accepting applications for the Fall 2010 semester. 

"The concept of the Doctor of Nursing Practice is a huge step for nursing because it moves nurses into the realm of decision- and policy-making and allows them to influence health care quality," said Ursuline's Dean of Nursing, Christine Wynd PhD, RN, CNAA. “Nurses are professionals who are at the frontlines of health care today, they work side by side with patients and their families and therefore, they know the issues and can help solve the problems."

Ursuline's DNP is a professional degree program which focuses on the development of nurse leaders who use evidence-based practice for optimizing health care delivery through effective systems transformation. Full-time students enrolled in the program will be able to finish their degree in 18 months and will complete a capstone project with publishable manuscript. Graduates of the program will be able to plan and implement their practice with individuals and populations by integrating spiritual, biological, social, psychological and cultural factors that influence human responses to health and illness. "The approval of a doctoral degree program for the Breen School of Nursing is a significant accomplishment for the College because doctoral level education requires a higher level of attention to scholarship and learning and this in turn brings a sense of prestige and value to the education provided on this campus," said Ursuline President, Sr. Diana Stano. According to a U.S. government study, by the year 2020, there will be a shortage of up to one million nurses. “Ursuline's Doctor of Nursing Practice attempts to meet the nursing health care requirements of Northeastern Ohio and beyond by providing competent caring nurses as well as addressing the increasing need for nursing faculty with doctoral degrees," said Stano.

Ursuline College's Breen School of Nursing has a strong heritage and a tradition of achievement. Nursing has been a vital program at Ursuline since 1975 when Saint John College of Cleveland was blended into the Ursuline College community. Ursuline offers a values-based environment that prepares students for further education, careers, leadership and service to society. The College's mission is to provide a holistic education in the Catholic tradition that prepares graduates whose practice of professional nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. In addition to the DNP Ursuline offers traditional BSN, LPN to BSN, RN to BSN, accelerated BSN and MSN degrees.

* Pending accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Region and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 

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