Doctor of Nursing Practice degree coming to ECU

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Feb 152013

East Carolina University College of Nursing will be home to a new degree program in the fall! The UNC Board of Governors gave approval for ECU to offer a doctor of nursing practice degree beginning in August 2013.

Recent studies by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine call for nurses to achieve higher education levels to meet changing healthcare needs. For nurse practitioners and other advance practice nurses this means additional education with a strong focus on clinical practice.

East Carolina’s doctor of nursing practice program coursework is 100% online, and clinical practice sites include primary care clinics, hospitals, and public health care agencies. Students are required to attend skills sessions at the College of Nursing several times a year.

As a leader in distance education, ECU has invested in the technology and resources to make the program successful. The College of Nursing is nationally recognized for online graduate education, so the new degree will be a natural fit in a graduate program with a proven history of successful online course delivery. Students can expect interactive coursework and considerable experience with our virtual clinic environment.

The initial DNP student cohort is for master’s prepared advance practice nurses. The program will be available to Registered Nurses with bachelor’s degrees in fall 2014. Prospective students may contact Dr. Bobby Lowery, director of DNP implementation, for application information.

Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean and Professor


What is a Doctor of Nursing Practice?

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Jul 202012

You may have noticed that some of your nurses now have Doctor on their name tag. This isn’t a typo or mistake. In fact, the standard education for a clinical, advanced practice nurse is changing. Instead of earning a master’s degree, many advance practice nurses (nurse practitioners, for example) will earn the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree or the DNP.

A  Doctor of Nursing Practice degree represents a nurse who has completed rigorous, graduate-level education with a clinical practice focus.  DNPs work as nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists. You may find DNPs working as primary care providers in clinics and hospitals.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is similar to the degrees that pharmacists, optometrists, audiologists  and physical therapists now earn. The degree symbolizes a professional, healthcare provider who has completed the highest level of education for their field and has substantial experience treating patients in a clinical specialty.

Be sure to look for DNPs the next time you go for a check-up or a sick visit and know that you are receiving exceptional care!

Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean, ECU College of Nursing