Nebraska Methodist College Announces Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

  • Date: October 15, 2013
  • Author: NMC Public Relations

President Dennis Joslin Presidet & CEO, Dennis Joslin, PhD, RN

New Online Program Addresses Nationwide Shortage of Health Care Professionals

Nebraska Methodist College is proud to announce its newest degree program - the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

The new online program is Nebraska Methodist College's first doctorate degree and will prepare nurses to meet the demands of an increasingly complex health care system.

Nebraska Methodist College's Doctor of Nursing Practice has an emphasis in family nurse practice, an area of especially high need in rural parts of the country. Family nurse practitioners are a type of advanced practice nurse specializing in managing acute and chronic illnesses for patients of all ages in a non-hospital setting. Family nurse practitioners are needed in Nebraska and across the country to serve as primary care providers. Currently, there is a shortage of general practice physicians. Also, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, more nurses with this degree will be needed in the workforce in order to meet demand from the millions of people newly eligible for care.

"We are delighted to announce our new Doctor of Nursing Practice degree," said Nebraska Methodist College President and CEO Dennis Joslin, PhD, RN. "The new program will provide nurses with the knowledge and clinical preparation to meet the pressing needs in today's health care settings. Nurses with this degree will have a broader range of capabilities and be an important asset to their communities, especially in underserved rural areas."

As a result of its online format, Nebraska Methodist College's Doctor of Nursing Practice is accessible to nurses nationwide, including those in underserved areas. The program blends online learning and clinical interaction, and includes an on campus orientation and two, short summer sessions during the program. The program is designed for nurses who have completed a Bachelor of Science  degree in Nursing (BSN). Nurses who have a Master of Science degree in  in Nursing (MSN) are also eligible and may receive credit for previously completed courses.

The new doctoral program underscores Nebraska Methodist College's continued rapid growth. The college now offers 27 degree and certificate programs on campus and online in nursing, allied health and health professions. Nebraska Methodist College's overall enrollment has grown more than 50 percent in the past five years to a student population of nearly 1,000. In the midst of that growth, Nebraska Methodist College was recently named one of the top 10 small colleges in the U.S. to work at by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Nebraska Methodist College is currently accepting enrollment applications for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program for the fall 2014 semester. For more information about Nebraska Methodist College and its offerings, visit www.methodistcollege.edu/dnp.

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Established in 1891, Nebraska Methodist College is a fully accredited, private nursing and healthcare professions college. NMC, an affiliate of the Nebraska Methodist Health System, is located in Omaha, Neb., and offers certificate, undergraduate, graduate and professional development programs and classes available on campus and online.