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College of Nursing Welcomes Students to 2 Doctoral Programs

nursing studentsThe College of Nursing welcomed 114 doctoral students to Charleston in July. Seventy DNP students and 44 PhD students convened on the CON campus to talk with faculty, set-up schedules, meet with advisors and network with fellow students. MUSC has clearly made a mark on doctoral nursing education and leads the state and region in preparing doctorally prepared future nurse practitioners and nursing faculty.

While on campus the "buzz" from the students was electric. They were excited about the strong mentorship they receive from faculty and the high quality standards of both programs. Most importantly, all of the students expressed delight that both the PhD and DNP programs are offered entirely online. This allows nurses not only from South Carolina but from across the country the opportunity to continue their education without leaving their families, communities or current employment. It is truly opening doors for a generation of future nurse leaders.

While the PhD is a well-established degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice or DNP is a relatively new one for the profession. Both degrees are needed in health care today. The DNP Program prepares expert nurse clinicians who will practice nursing at the highest clinical level. It is commensurate with practice doctorates offered by other professions, including dentistry (DDS), medicine (MD), and pharmacy (PharmD) among others. The PhD in Nursing Program prepares nurse researchers/scientists who will work in academic or
research-intensive institutions, often as faculty. It is the highest degree awarded in academia.

Nursing StudentTogether, these offerings reflect the unique focus of MUSC's College of Nursing - that is to prepare graduate degree nurses who truly "change lives."

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