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Doctor of nursing practice information session slated for June 14

RELEASED: June 7, 2010

EAU CLAIRE —The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host an information session about its new doctor of nursing practice program June 14.

The session, which is open to the public, will be held from 4-5 p.m. in Room 114 of the nursing building on lower campus. It is an opportunity for those interested to learn more about the program, which begins June 14 with the first cohort of 16 candidates for the new post-master's degree.

During the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years, the DNP will be offered as a post-master's option only. Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, both post-master's and post-baccalaureate options will be available.

The DNP program at UW-Eau Claire is designed to meet new national recommendations for the education of advanced practice nurses, which change the entry level degree from a master's degree to a doctorate. The program will prepare nurses to assume leadership roles in advanced clinical practice and nursing administration. The recommendations were determined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and take effect in 2015. A professional doctorate, the DNP is similar to the practice doctorates required of physicians, dentists, pharmacists and attorneys.

Apart from collaborations involving the traditional doctoral campuses, this is the first doctoral degree offered by any of the UW System's 11 comprehensive universities.

For more information, contact Dr. Debra Jansen, acting associate dean of nursing, at 715-836-5183 or jansenda@uwec.edu.

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