The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and University of Alabama (UA) Colleges of Nursing recently announced a new joint Nursing Science PhD program. The program will be implemented in summer 2019 and will be the first online joint Nursing Science PhD program in the state.
Dr. Marsha Howell Adams, dean of the UAH College of Nursing, tells UAH.edu, “The UAH College of Nursing is very excited to be partnering with the UA Capstone College of Nursing to deliver a much-needed, high-quality online nursing science PhD program. Only 23 percent of the 125 nursing PhD programs in the US are fully online. This program will meet the preferences and needs of a target population focused on an asynchronous delivery model.”
The primary goal of the joint PhD program is to prepare nurse scholars to advance nursing science by generating new knowledge through interprofessional research initiatives and to improve the health of rural and medically underserved populations. The program will be fully supported by the resources of UAH and UA, and in return, the program will increase both institutions’ productivity and innovation in research and scholarship, and enhance graduate-level programming and increase enrollment.
Students will be dual enrolled, and faculty will be shared to deliver a high-quality, research-based program. The program will primarily be in an online format, combined with a five-day on-site summer intensive alternating between each university’s campus. The flexible learning model is expected to attract students across the country, who will be prepared through interprofessional research initiatives to engage in nursing science.
Program courses will include Informatics for Healthcare Teams, Ethical Conduct and Legal Issues in Research, Healthcare Policy for Rural and Medically Underserved Populations, Epidemiology in Rural and Medically Underserved Populations, and more.
To learn more about the University of Alabama in Huntsville and University of Alabama joint Nursing Science PhD program, visit here.
Oakland University recently announced that its Board of Trustees has approved a new PhD in Nursing program. The program will be offered in three options: BSN-PhD, MSN-PhD, and DNP-PhD.
The program will be offered online to attract a diverse range of candidates and to provide flexibility to prospective students. The program is designed to prepare nurse researchers to provide evidence that becomes the basis for nursing practice and improvement of patient care.
Laura Pittiglio, PhD, RN, one of the lead program developers, tells Oakland.edu, “The demand for further advancement in health care knowledge continues to increase dramatically. PhD prepared nurse scholars are crucial to benefitting the health needs of society as well as generate new knowledge.”
Oakland’s new PhD in Nursing program will provide a new pipeline to developing nurse researchers and nursing faculty, both of which are in high demand. The program addresses the 2010 Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing report which recommends that nursing schools double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020.
The program will offer unique annual residency opportunities where students come to the Oakland University campus to meet in a research environment that will teach them basic and applied nursing knowledge and prepare them to be transformational leaders.
To learn more about Oakland University’s new PhD in Nursing program set to begin in 2019, visit here.
Nurses with research doctorates are vital in improving patient outcomes and quality of care. However, less than 5 percent of nurses have PhDs, the education needed to perform independent research according to the National Institute of Nursing Research. The aging and retirement of current nurse researchers indicates a coming shortage of nurse scientists that could impact future nurse research contributions to healthcare delivery.
To help prevent this shortage, the Hillman Program in Nursing Innovation developed the idea for a BSN to PhD program to accelerate education opportunities for new and young nurse researchers. The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) was the first school to implement the idea, and took it a step further by developing an immersion experience in clinical nursing practice for PhD students through a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Hillman Scholar Madelyne Z. Greene says, “Research shows that the average age of students entering nursing PhD programs is early 40s, which is far older than many other disciplines. This shortens the duration of nurse scientists’ productive careers as researchers, educators and innovative leaders. There is a compelling need for increased innovation in preparing new nurse scientists, leaders and innovators earlier in their careers.”
Scholars in Penn’s BSN to PhD program are both undergraduate and PhD students at the same time, as early as their junior undergraduate year or upon entry to the second degree accelerated BSN program. Students achieve rapid progression through the rigorous coursework by replacing specific required undergraduate courses like healthcare policy and research methods with graduate-level versions. They also enroll in PhD core courses and advanced coursework in their selected research content area during undergraduate semesters instead of taking electives.
The truly unique aspect of the program is the seven-month fellowship, which is distinct from existing residencies for new nurse graduates. It includes a high level of clinical and scholarly mentoring, shorter program length, and waiver of the usual requirement of committing to work for the sponsoring institution for a set time upon graduation.
To learn more about Penn Nursing’s BSN to PhD program and nursing fellowship, visit here.
Pace University’s College of Health Professions is launching a new PhD in Nursing program on their Pleasantville, NY campus starting in the Fall semester. Students and faculty will work to overcome the root causes of health problems, which they’ve termed “social determinants of health.”
The PhD program will be following objectives of the World Health Organization including an emphasis on reducing social disparities in health; organizing health services around individual needs and expectations; integrating health into all sectors; pursuing collaborative models of policy dialogue; and increasing stakeholder participation.
Once open, Pace will be the only PhD in Nursing program from New York City to Binghamton. Keville Frederickson, EdD, RN, FAAN, PhD program project leader and professor in the Lienhard School of Nursing tells Pace.edu,
“This is an exceptional milestone for the College of Health Professions as the first PhD. The program will be the only PhD in Nursing in the Hudson Valley. Our graduates will be prepared as nurse leaders, scientists, policy makers, and innovators in health care. Their research will focus on primary health care, a people centered approach to health that makes prevention as important as cure.”
As the only PhD nursing program in the Hudson Valley, Pace administrators hope to make a difference in their region by enabling more nurses in the area to further their education and research capabilities. These advanced nurses will be able to prepare future nurses to tackle complex problems facing the health care system in New York State and beyond.
To learn more about Pace University’s PhD in Nursing program, visit here.
After two years of improvements to their nursing program, including distance learning and enhanced flexibility, the Loma Linda University School of Nursing is seeking an early-career cohort of PhD applications. The nursing school is looking for applicants in their 20s and 30s to output a greater number of nurses who can sustain a longer career in nursing research they are passionate about.
Ellen D’Errico, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, an associate professor who oversees the PhD program tells News.LLU.edu, “Our graduates get to further their career as health care leaders or get involved in academia as researchers, faculty, and developing the next generation of nurses, which many people find exhilarating and rewarding.”
The university spent two years retooling the PhD program after examining how to best serve potential students, including lessening demand for face-to-face only teaching methods. New doctoral candidates will only be required to spend a few days on campus per quarter, and more distance learning options are in the works for future students. Program administrators hope the revised PhD program will appeal to a larger pool of qualified applicants who want a flexible program that will allow them to work as nurse scientists, leaders, and faculty after completing their degree.
Two PhD nursing programs are offered: Master’s Entry PhD and Post-Baccalaureate PhD. For more information on Loma Linda University’s PhD nursing programs, visit here.