Nursing practice doctoral program approved

A proposal to establish a doctorate of nursing practice degree program at UW-Eau Claire has been approved by the UW System Board of Regents.

The DNP, which will begin in summer 2010, will be the first doctoral program offered at UW-Eau Claire.

A professional doctorate, the DNP is similar to the doctorates required of physicians, dentists, pharmacists and attorneys.

The DNP will meet the new national educational recommendations for advanced practice nurses, which change the entry-level degree from a master’s to a doctorate. The recommendations, determined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, take effect in 2015.