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College of Nursing's Two Doctoral Degree Programs

College of Nursing Sim LabIn July, the College of Nursing welcomed 84 new DNP students and 14 new Ph.D. students to its MUSC campus. The new cohort of students came to Charleston for their orientation to the world of doctoral education. The admission of these new students brings the total number of doctoral students educated at the MUSC College of Nursing to 172, making us the largest educator of doctoral degree nurses in South Carolina. Students in the D.N.P. and Ph.D. programs help to “fuel the nursing pipeline” by working as advanced practice nurses and nursing faculty upon graduation.

The College of Nursing’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program addresses the most contemporary aspects of expert clinical practice, and provides in-depth knowledge and experience in leadership, health systems design and evaluation, evidence-based practice, health policy, and applied research. The D.N.P. program is practice-focused and awards both the Master of Science in nursing (M.S.N.) degree and the terminal professional degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice upon graduation. The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates who will practice nursing at the highest clinical level, particularly in the primary care setting.

The D.N.P. degree is the College of Nursing’s second doctoral degree program. It joins the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in nursing degree, which admitted its first class of students in the fall of 2001.

The Ph.D. in nursing program also is offered online, and is designed to prepare nurse scientists for a lifetime of intellectual inquiry through creative scholarship and research. The program requires students to critically analyze and develop research, educational, policy and administrative strategies that address the needs of both individuals and communities. The Ph.D. program includes a core foundation in theory development, research, ethics, and knowledge translation, and is further supported by courses in methodology, analysis, measurement, grant writing, epidemiology, and cognates in the student’s chosen focal area of interest. Graduates from this program enter careers in academic or research settings, and address the critical shortage of nursing faculty in the country.

For more information about the Doctoral Programs:
Yolanda Long, Administrative Coordinator, PhD Program
Telephone: (843) 792-3815
Fax: (843) 792-9258

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