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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, “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.

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