[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]CLARION, Pa. – Clarion University’s School of Health Sciences is expanding by introducing the university’s first doctoral degree course online.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, which will be a 34-credit program, will be joined by a traditional four- year Bachelor of Science Nursing degree as two new courses to the school, each gaining approval by Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors on Jan. 23.
Chris Reber, executive dean of Clarion’s Venango Campus and the new School of Health Sciences spoke in regard to any potential doubts over this being the first degree of its kind for Clarion and said, “It does not worry me. Our nursing programs are all nationally accredited and our nursing graduates have been highly successful in their careers.”
There will be much work ahead as the program is implemented, and I look forward to supporting the program in every way possible.
“For the second consecutive year, ‘U.S News and World Report’ has named our MSN program one of the finest online graduate nursing programs in the nation. Our programs are very strong, and I know that the DNP will follow in that tradition. We are also proud to partner with Edinboro University in the offering of the DNP, bringing a variety of skilled faculty into the program…”
The Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing will be taught on Clarion campus, and enrollment figures are expected to rise after the initial year.
Reber said, “We plan to admit 27 students to the DNP program this summer and 30 students to the BSN in the fall. When the programs are fully up and running, we expect to enrol over 200 students in the BSN program at the Clarion campus and over 50 students in the online DNP program.”
He also added how important and great these additions are to the community, “As our population grows and ages, and as more citizens have access to health care, the need for nurses is the No. 1 occupational need nationwide. In rural regions such as ours, there is a great shortage of physicians and nurses as well.”
He also said that Venango Campus has built up a reputation of quality, with courses ranging from the new doctorate degree, to a pre-licensure associate degree program and a joint master’s degree program, partnering with Edinboro University.
“With the addition of the new four-year BSN program to be offered at the Clarion campus and the new online doctor of nursing practice degree programs, Clarion University will offer the most comprehensive ladder of nursing credentials in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education,” said Reber.
“It feels great, and is a tribute to many nursing faculty and staff who have worked very hard to develop the DNP. In fact, Dr. Debbie Ciesielka, director of the MSN program, has led the development of our DNP proposal for the past seven years. We are proud to be offering this critically needed credential that will prepare advance practice nurses throughout Western Pennsylvania, the commonwealth and beyond.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]