FAST FACTS: Bachelor's to Doctor of Nursing Practice
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Advanced-practice nurses are highly trained and highly skilled nurses who often serve as a primary care providers, particularly in areas that are medically underserved, such as inner cities and rural areas.
For over 100 years, The College of St. Scholastica has been preparing nurses for successful careers in healthcare. Now, our School of Nursing, one of the largest in Minnesota, is expanding to Phoenix to offer our signature Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to help meet the growing demand for advanced practice nurses in Arizona.
Our program focuses on nursing leadership in both rural and urban areas where the need is the greatest. We're also dedicated to training our graduates in the use of telecommunications technology that can provide access to health professionals in areas that would otherwise not have coverage.
We understand that you can't always take a couple of years off from work to go back to school. That's why we've worked hard to develop a curriculum that combines online and face-to-face courses to make our program accessible to nurses who are working professionals who may not live in the Duluth and St. Cloud, MN and Phoenix, AZ areas. Whenever possible, clinical experiences are arranged at appropriate sites near the student's home.
As healthcare costs continue to increase, DNPs and other advanced-practice nurses are taking the place of other medical professionals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that all types of advanced-practice nurses will be in high demand, particularly in rural and inner city areas.
By 2015, the DNP will be the entry-level degree for advanced-practice nurses. By completing your DNP degree now, you'll be prepared and credentialed for where nursing is headed.
In addition, advanced-practice registered nurses (APRNs) at St. Scholastica, like others across the country, are working to eliminate the barriers to autonomous practice, something called for in the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing report.
In May 2016, we will be starting our first cohort for the B.S. to DNP in Phoenix, AZ. Just like our Duluth and St. Cloud, MN locations, the program will be offered primarily online with monthly face-to-face meetings and clinical sites throughout the Greater Phoenix area. The application deadline for the Phoenix location has been extended to April 1, 2016. Contact Maria Laughner, Arizona Regional Director, for more information at (623) 694-0984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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