Graduates of Stockton’s masters in nursing program, which prepares students to become nurse practitioners, can now apply to be accepted into the doctoral program at Chatham University in Pittsburg.
According to the announcement, President Herman Saatkamp of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Chatham’s President Dr. Esther L. Barazzone signed an agreement this month to allow a smooth transition to doctoral studies for the graduates.
“We are estimating 8-10 students in this first group, which will be a combination of May 2014 graduates, Stockton Master in Nursing alumni, and current faculty members,” said Dr. Edward Walton, graduate director for the MSN program.
The application deadline is set for April 15 to start classes at Chatham in the fall, the announcement said.
“The movement to change entry-level educational requirements for nurse practitioners to the Doctor of Nursing Practice level was endorsed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing almost 10 years ago,” said Dr. Watson. “I don't think it is unreasonable to assume this change will happen in the next 5-10 years, so the graduate nursing program at Stockton can now offer an opportunity for our students to attain a doctor of Nursing practice degree through our new partnership with Chatham University.”
“Graduates of our MSN program are already employed as nurse practitioners in many different health care settings throughout our community,” said Bess Kathrins interim dean of Stockton’s School of Health Sciences. “The nursing profession has a goal of students receiving their degrees without roadblocks in order to best meet the needs of the public. This agreement helps achieve this important goal of bringing highly qualified ‘doctors of nurse practice’ to our community.”
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