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University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing to Offer Online Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

PITTSBURGH, June 23, 2010 - This fall, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing will begin offering an online post-master’s degree doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program, in addition to the current onsite program. Areas of concentration include clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner and nursing administration.

“The DNP brings the education of advanced practice nurses to a new level. The program combines research utilization with education and practice, providing students with the skills needed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s diverse health care systems,” said Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the Pitt School of Nursing. “Graduates will be prepared for roles in direct care or systems-focused care.”

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists recommend the DNP to be the terminal degree for advanced practice nurses.

“The program is available to nurses who want to study at a well-recognized, high-quality university, but need to balance that with all the other commitments in their lives,” said Gail Wolf, R.N., D.N.S., program leader and professor in the Department of Acute and Tertiary Care at the Pitt School of Nursing.

The DNP program will continue to be offered onsite along with a post-bachelor’s degree (BSN to DNP) option. The Pitt School of Nursing also offers an online Clinical Nurse Leader master’s degree program. Scholarships are available.

For more information about academic programs or scholarships at the Pitt School of Nursing, contact Emily Bennett at (412) 648-0287 or emb108@pitt.edu.

About the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing educates nurses for an increasingly demanding environment through a curriculum that combines rigorous academic work with varied and intensive clinical experiences and a growing involvement in research. The school ranked seventh overall among the nation’s top schools of nursing in the 2007 issue of U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” and fifth in research dollars by the National Institutes of Health. More than 11,000 students have graduated from the School of Nursing’s baccalaureate, master’s, RN options and doctoral programs since the school was founded in 1939. The school offers post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificate programs in a variety of areas. Continuing education also is available for advanced practice nurses, nurse educators and nurses returning to work. For more information about the School of Nursing, visit www.nursing.pitt.edu.

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