Last month, Millikin launched and enrolled its first class in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a practice-focused doctorate. Two tracks are offered in the program:
- Track 1: Nurse Anesthesia Track for professional registered nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree or master’s of science degree in nursing and want to become a nurse anesthetist
- Track 2: DNP Completion Track for advance practice nurses who want to complete the doctorate as their highest-earned academic degree
Track 1 in the DNP program is a 36-month, full-time, year-round program with more than 2,400 hours of clinical practice. Decatur Memorial Hospital partners with Millikin for this track, with Dr. Rhonda Gee of DMH serving as the program director. Thirteen of the 16 students in the new DNP program are enrolled in this track and will graduate in December 2017. This track accepts up to 15 students.
Track 2 is a 24-36 month, part-time program. Three students are enrolled in this track, all with advanced practice nursing degrees (Midwife, Nurse Anesthesia, Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Nurse Practitioner).
Dr. Kathy Booker, director of the School of Nursing, identified the continued need for anesthesia providers and additional doctorally prepared nurses in the field. The program is off to a good start, she says, and Millikin may consider adding other DNP tracks in the future.
Applications are due July 1 each academic year, with a new class enrolled every January.
For more information or to apply, visit www.millikin.edu/nursing, call Millikin’s School of Nursing office at 217-424-5034, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.