Bethel University has announced the launch of a new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program, available in fall 2018. The DNP program is intended to prepare advanced practice nurses for roles in administration, public policy, advocacy, and specialized care.
Bethel has launched several other healthcare programs in recent year including a physician assistant program in 2015, and a variety of other nursing programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. According to Bethel.edu, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that demand for nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, nurse educators, and advanced practice nurses with DNP degrees is expected to grow by 31 percent in the next 10 years.
The DNP program will be offered primarily online, putting students on the cutting edge of medical trends with courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, informatics, and healthcare economics and policy. Students will apply evidence-based research, critical thinking skills, and learn to understand nursing from a business perspective to prepare them for roles in hospital management and academia.
Jane Wrede, program director and associate professor of nursing, tells Bethel.edu, “The DNP degree is focused on leadership and transformation in the workplace. Its purpose is to prepare advanced practice nurses to be leaders and change agents in their professional settings.”
Bethel University has pursued initial accreditation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. To learn more about the launch of the new DNP program, visit here.
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