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Millikin University has announced its first doctoral program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Approved by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in January 2013, Millikin's DNP program will be launched in the 2013-2014 academic year.

The DNP program has two tracks; Track 1 (Nurse Anesthesia) is for individuals who are Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) prepared nurses and want to become nurse anesthetists [*]. Track 2 (DNP completion for MSN-prepared advanced practice nurses) is for advanced practice nurses (APNs) who want to complete the practice doctorate as their highest earned academic degree.

"This is a wonderful and historic achievement for Millikin University, due in large part to the incredible efforts of our School of Nursing faculty," stated Millikin Vice President for Academic Affairs Barry Pearson. "This program strengthens the institution's mission to be the leader in performance learning."

The Millikin School of Nursing DNP program is focused on preparing expert advanced practice nurses who will help transform healthcare throughout the nation. The program will prepare individuals dedicated to advancing nursing values in a diverse world and committed to the development and dissemination of evidence to guide nursing practice.

"Approval to offer the DNP at Millikin again demonstrates the excellence of our nursing programs and faculty," stated Director of the Millikin School of Nursing, Dr. Deborah Slayton. "It also amplifies Millikin's leadership in performance learning. We have created a DNP curriculum and delivery mechanisms that take into account the diversity of the students' personal and professional lives."

Millikin University is one of five universities in Illinois to offer a Nurse Anesthesia program. The launch of the DNP program in advance of the nationwide DNP entry into practice mandate for nurse anesthetists benefits Millikin DNP graduates in the marketplace.

The first DNP students will start January 2014. Graduates of the DNP program will engage as expert practitioners in a specialized area of advanced practice nursing to develop safe, quality patient outcomes, and provide leadership within complex healthcare systems.

Applications for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program for Track 1 (Nurse Anesthesia) will be due July 1, 2013. Track 2 applications are reviewed on an on-going basis. Further information about the DNP program and application forms are available online at www.millikin.edu/nursing or by calling the Millikin University School of Nursing at 217.424.5034.

[*] Pending approval by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) to move the current nurse anesthesia program from an MSN to a DNP-degree granting program.
Millikin University Assistant Professor of Nursing, Dr. Elizabeth Gephart, has been awarded a 2013 State of Illinois Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Dr. Gephart becomes the third faculty member from Millikin's School of Nursing (SON) to be awarded a Nurse Educator Fellowship joining Assistant Professor of Nursing, Dr. Pamela Lindsey and Instructor of Nursing, Debra Jenkins.

The purpose of the Nurse Educator Fellowship Program is to ensure the retention of well-qualified nursing faculty at institutions of higher learning that award degrees in nursing. The program is designed to reward outstanding nursing faculty and provide an incentive to retain qualified faculty at Illinois institutions of higher learning.

"The fellowship is designed to encourage more faculty to pursue additional scholarship opportunities," remarked Gephart. "One of the key parts of this fellowship is placing an emphasis on making academia possible as a long-term investment for nursing professionals. The fellowship award will allow me to pursue additional education opportunities in the field of informatics that will support the graduate education program. My particular interest is in developmental disabilities, and this opportunity will also allow me to explore more in terms of how we can provide effective nursing care for children with developmental disabilities."

An Advanced Practice Nurse, Dr. Gephart has been a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner for 14 years. She came to Millikin University as a full-time faculty member in 2006. In May 2011, Dr. Gephart completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from St. Louis University, earning the School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Program 2011 Nursing Leadership Award.

"It’s an honor to receive this fellowship and it’s an honor for Millikin," remarked Gephart. "I think it really speaks highly to the School of Nursing program. We have a very dynamic baccalaureate program, but we also have multiple tracks in our Master's program including Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Leader, Master's Entry into Nursing Practice, and Nurse Anesthesia. My growth as a nurse educator is a reflection of the excellence of the School of Nursing faculty, and their willingness to support and mentor those who are new to academia."

"Dr. Elizabeth Gephart committed herself to attaining her DNP while remaining employed full-time at Millikin University," remarked Director of the School of Nursing, Deborah Slayton. "Dr. Gephart takes her commitment to professional nursing education very seriously and she dedicated herself to doctoral education. She is the quintessential example of excellence in the Nurse Educator faculty role and richly deserves this honor."

For further information on the Millikin University School of Nursing, visit www.millikin.edu/nursing.
Millikin University is pleased to announce that the School of Education has received full national accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

“I am pleased that Millikin University has been accredited by NCATE,” remarked Millikin president Douglas E. Zemke. “This validates the quality of our faculty, as well as the quality of the curriculum leading to student success. Millikin University’s School of Education continues to focus on the professional preparation of its students building the foundation towards inspired teachers with great passion.”

A study by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) shows that graduates of NCATE-accredited colleges of education pass ETS content examinations for teacher licensing at a higher rate than do graduates of unaccredited colleges. Teacher candidates who attend NCATE colleges boost their chances of passing the examination by nearly 10 percent.

“This recognition from NCATE speaks to the integrity of our program and rewards the hard work of the many people across campus, both within the School of Education and outside, who have been involved in the development of our education majors,” remarked Nancy Gaylen, director of the School of Education.

NCATE, founded in 1954, is the education profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation. The U. S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize NCATE as a professional accrediting body for teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow, and for the next century. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P-12 students. For more information, visit www.ncate.org. 

Millikin’s School of Education offers 10 academic programs; eight of which are nationally recognized by their individual specialized professional associations. Students enjoy opportunities to integrate course-based knowledge and skills with internships in area classrooms. The journey toward excellence in teaching and learning starts on the very first day of class. Local internships and clinical experiences combine with week- and semester-long opportunities to travel to and learn in Chicago, the Dominican Republic, China and Taiwan. These diverse, meaningful opportunities show students how to practice what they learn at Millikin in a real-world setting.

For more information on the School of Education at Millikin, visit www.millikin.edu/education.


Millikin University and Decatur Memorial Hospital have partnered together to launch the new Millikin University-Decatur Memorial Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program.  

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“The new Nurse Anesthesia track of our Master of Science in Nursing program opens yet another career path for BSN-prepared nurses to attain professional success,” said Douglas E. Zemke, president of Millikin University. “Millikin University prepares nursing leaders who integrate knowledge, skills, and values in their professional practice within a global community. Our partnership with Decatur Memorial Hospital is consistent with our endeavor to create a community of life-long learners who are able to actively shape the future of nursing and health care while adding to the quality of life for our community. We are pleased to be a partner with Decatur Memorial Hospital in this endeavor.”

“Decatur Memorial Hospital has provided supervised clinical experiences since 1965, to help educate and prepare nurse anesthetists,” said Ken Smithmier, president and CEO of Decatur Memorial Hospital.  “We are excited to partner with Millikin University to provide students with the opportunity to learn anesthesia techniques, test theory, and apply knowledge to clinical problems.” 

The program consists of an intensive, fast-paced curriculum delivered in the classroom and through clinical practice experiences. More than 2,400 hours of clinical practicum are provided through the 31-month, full-time program. Students are required to have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, Professional Registered Nurse licensure in the State of Illinois, and a minimum of one year of adult critical care nursing experience. 

Successful students are conferred a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree upon graduation, are prepared to take the national certification examination to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), and are eligible for licensure as Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs).

“The CRNA’s role in the operating room is to monitor the patient’s vital signs, regulate the anesthetic as necessary, analyze situations, make decisions, communicate clearly with the other members of the surgical team and respond quickly and appropriately to ensure maximum safety and comfort,” said Dr. Rhonda Gee, director of the Decatur Memorial Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program.  “Currently, there are 40 CRNAs employed at Decatur Memorial Hospital providing cost-effective, high quality patient care.”

The Millikin University-Decatur Memorial Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program is the only nurse anesthesia education program based in Central Illinois.  It will become the fourth track within Millikin’s MSN program.  The other three tracks are Nurse Educator (NE), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), and Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice: Pre-licensure (MENP: PL).

“Over the past twenty months, the School of Nursing faculty has worked collaboratively with our nursing colleagues in the Decatur Memorial Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program to envision and develop this partnership.” remarked Dr. Deborah Slayton, director of Millikin’s School of Nursing. “Judging by the level and quality of our ongoing professional engagement and the congruence of our philosophies about nursing and nursing education, we are confident this joint endeavor will be extremely successful.”

The first class is targeted to begin in June 2011. Information is available online at www.millikin.edu/nursing or by calling 217.424.5034. 

Millikin University’s nursing undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.  Nursing students combine classroom education with clinical and practice experiences under the supervision of nursing faculty at more than 34 affiliate agencies.  In recent years, 100 percent of Millikin nursing graduates have found employment or attended graduate school within six months of graduation. For more information on Millikin University’s School of Nursing, visit www.millikin.edu/nursing. 

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Millikin University will host an Open House with its Professional Adult Comprehensive Education (PACE) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs on Thursday, April 8 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center’s Perkinson Gallery. The Open House offers adults the opportunity to meet with advisors and faculty members to learn program specifics.  

Millikin’s PACE program is ideal for adults who may have previously earned an associate’s degree or some college credit at other institutions.  PACE offers an accelerated evening class format which allows students to take one class at a time one evening per week for 5-10 weeks, depending on the major. The program offers five Bachelor of Science majors: Accounting, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Nursing RN to BSN, and Organizational Leadership. PACE also offers Educator Certification for Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education for adults who have already earned a bachelor’s degree but would like to become teachers.

The School of Nursing offers adults a master’s program with three tracks: Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator, and the new Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice-Pre Licensure.  The MSN tracks for Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator are ideal for working nurses because courses are offered one day per week over an 18-month period.  This program is designed for nurses with a BSN who want to advance their careers beyond a bachelor’s degree.  The third MSN track is the new Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice- Pre Licensure (MENP-PL), which will allow adults who have completed a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to switch careers and take courses that will prepare them to be eligible to sit for the registered nurse licensure exam with an earned MSN.  This innovative program is recruiting its first class of students.  It is a two-year, intensive, full-time accelerated program.

A representative from the Registrar’s Office will be available to evaluate college transcripts and determine the number of credits that may be transferred into the PACE program.  Individuals interested in transcript evaluation should bring unopened official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. A financial aid representative will also be available to explain the financial aid process to prospective students.  

For more information on Millikin’s PACE program, call 217.420.6778 or visit www.millikin.edu/pace. For more information on programs offered through the School of Nursing, call 217. 424.6348 or visit www.millikin.edu/nursing.  Reservations are encouraged for the Open House, but not required.

Millikin University will host an Open House with its Professional Adult Comprehensive Education (PACE) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs on Tuesday, February 9 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center’s Perkinson Gallery. The Open House offers adults the opportunity to meet with advisors and faculty members to learn program specifics. 

Millikin’s PACE program is ideal for adults who may have previously earned some college credit at other institutions.  PACE offers an accelerated evening class format which allows students to take one class at a time one evening per week for 5-10 weeks, depending on the major. The program offers five Bachelor of Science majors: Accounting, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Nursing RN to BSN, and Organizational Leadership. PACE also offers Educator Certification for Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education for adults who have already earned a bachelor’s degree but would like to become teachers.

The School of Nursing offers adults a master’s program with three tracks: Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator, and the new Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice-Pre Licensure.  The MSN tracks for Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator are ideal for working nurses because courses are offered one day per week over an 18-month period.  This program is designed for nurses with a BSN who want to advance their careers beyond a bachelor’s degree.  The third MSN track is the new Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice- Pre Licensure (MENP-PL), which will allow adults who have completed a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to switch careers and take courses that will prepare them to be eligible to sit for the registered nurse licensure exam with an earned MSN.  This innovative program is recruiting its first class of students.  It is a two-year, intensive, full-time accelerated program.

A representative from the Registrar’s Office will be available to evaluate college transcripts and determine the number of credits that may be transferred into the PACE program.  Individuals interested in transcript evaluation should bring unopened official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. A financial aid representative will also be available to explain the financial aid process to prospective students. 

For more information on Millikin’s PACE program, call 217.420.6778 or visit www.millikin.edu/pace. For more information on programs offered through the School of Nursing, call 217. 424.6348 or visit www.millikin.edu/nursing.  Reservations are encouraged for the Open House, but not required.

Millikin University’s School of Nursing (SON) is pleased to announce the addition of the Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice: Pre-Licensure (MENP-PL) track to its nationally-accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. The MENP-PL track is designed for students who already hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and are interested in entering the nursing field.

The track consists of an intensive, fast-paced curriculum delivered in the classroom and in clinical and practical settings five days a week for 24 continuous months. It provides the opportunity for first-time nursing students to enter into nursing study at the graduate level. Successful students are conferred a MSN degree upon graduation and are prepared to take the professional registered nurse licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) as well as the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification exam.

“The ongoing nursing shortage and increase in patient complexity requires that the nurse at the bedside be prepared to deliver evidence-based care that improves nurse-sensitive patient outcomes,” remarked Dr. Deborah Slayton, director of Millikin’s SON. “The new MSN track addresses this need and provides an excellent opportunity for highly motivated individuals who desire a career change to enter the nursing profession. “In addition, the high number of health care facilities and employers in the area affords a number of employment options for our students following graduation.”

The MENP-PL track is supported by a $476,000 Congressionally-directed grant awarded last spring to cover start-up costs. The grant provides for additional nursing faculty and staff positions, adjunct faculty support, faculty development, and equipment to enhance instructional, teaching, and research endeavors to support the MENP-PL curriculum.

“Nurses are often the first to care for our children and grandchildren, our parents and other loved ones, but the number of nurses is not keeping pace with the growing healthcare needs of our nation,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a key supporter of the grant and the author of several bills to help ease the nation’s nursing shortage.  “As baby boomers are getting ready to retire, so are almost half of all nurses in America.  The nursing shortage poses a significant threat to the ability of our health care system to deliver quality care.  This grant is designed to strike at the heart of the nursing shortage by giving colleges the resources they need to train more nurses.” 

Millikin’s SON is the first school in Illinois outside of Chicago and one of only ten schools in the Midwest to offer a MENP-PL option for prospective students. 

"Building upon the excellence of Millikin University's existing SON programs, the MENP-PL is yet another example of meeting the needs of the region for quality healthcare and for providing access for skill and career development to adult learners within a field that has great employment potential,” remarked Millikin President Douglas Zemke.

Slayton calls the MENP-PL “a wise investment both in time and money” for individuals interested in switching to a career in nursing. “An individual who already holds a non-nursing baccalaureate degree would generally be able to complete Millikin’s MENP-PL track in less time and with less expense than a student returning to school to complete a bachelor of science in nursing degree in its entirety,” she said. An additional benefit is that students in Millikin’s program earn a graduate degree which provides for additional opportunities to qualify for student loans.”

The first MENP-PL class will begin in July 2010. Applications are available online at www.millikin.edu/apply or by calling 217.424.6348. Students must have completed specific undergraduate pre-requisites in the natural and social sciences prior to program entry. More information on MENP-PL is available online at www.millikin.edu/nursing. Housing options are available to students enrolled in the program.

Millikin University’s nursing undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Nursing students combine classroom education with clinical and practice experiences under the supervision of nursing faculty at more than 34 affiliate agencies.  In recent years, 100 percent of Millikin nursing graduates have found employment or attended graduate school within six months of graduation.

For more information on Millikin University’s School of Nursing, visit www.millikin.edu/nursing.

Millikin University’s adult degree completion program, PACE (Professional Adult Comprehensive Education), will celebrate National Non-Traditional Students Week November 1-7. 

The week will kick off on November 3 with a PACE Open House from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. PACE students Danielle Fields and Stacy Witts will be available at the event to speak to individuals interested in the program.

On Wednesday, November 4, Dr. Jim Dahl, interim dean of the College of Professional Studies will host a reception for PACE students named to the Dean’s List over the last two semesters.  The reception will be held from 5:15-6 p.m. in ADM-Scovill Hall.

Also on Wednesday, a reception will be held in Champaign from 5-6 p.m. for PACE students attending Millikin classes on the Parkland College campus. The event will be held in Building D, Room 244. PACE Director Angela Ambers-Henderson and Education Faculty Coordinator for Remote Sites Dr. Karl Radnitzer will host the event.

On Thursday, November 5, Millikin’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, an honor society for non-traditional students will host their annual induction ceremony at 6 p.m. in Pilling Chapel.  Dr. Cheryl Chamblin, professor of business and director of Millikin’s Honors Program will be the featured speaker.

In addition to these activities, PACE will honor some of its students with profiles and pictures in the display case in Shilling Hall and on the PACE Web site. Featured students include: Matt Emmert (Criminal Justice), Danielle Fields (Organizational Leadership), TyKyna Fox (Criminal Justice), Arthur T. Hinton III (Organizational Leadership), Nick Kendall (Elementary Education, Educator Certification), Anne Mikalik (Nursing), and Donna Musson (Early Childhood Education).

Millikin’s PACE program is the perfect way for adult learners to become yet another Millikin success story.   Classes are offered in the evenings and meet one or two times per week for five, eight or 10 weeks depending on the program.  Millikin will be starting another group of adult learners on their way to earning a high quality Millikin degree in January.  For more information call 217.420.6778 or go online at www.millikin.edu/pace.

Millikin University will host an Open House for its Professional Adult Comprehensive Education (PACE) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs on Tuesday, November 3 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center’s Perkinson Gallery. The Open House offers adults the opportunity to meet with advisors and faculty members to learn program specifics. 

M
illikin’s PACE program is ideal for adults who have previously earned some college credit at other institutions, as well as those individuals who have no college credit who want to earn a bachelor’s degree.  PACE offers an accelerated evening class format which allows students to take one class at a time one evening per week for 5-10 weeks, depending on the major. The program offers five Bachelor of Science majors: Accounting, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Nursing RN to BSN, and Organizational Leadership. PACE also offers Educator Certification for Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education for adults who have already earned a bachelor’s degree but would like to become teachers.

The School of Nursing offers adults a master’s program with three tracks: Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator, and the new Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice-Pre Licensure*.  The MSN tracks for Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator are ideal for working nurses because courses are offered one day per week over an 18-month period.  This program is designed for nurses with a BSN who want to advance their careers beyond a bachelor’s degree.  The third MSN track is the new Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice- Pre Licensure (MENP-PL)*, which will allow adults who have completed a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to switch careers and take courses that will prepare them to be eligible to sit for the registered nurse licensure exam with an earned MSN.  This innovative program is recruiting its first class of students, pending final approval from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  It is a two-year, intensive, full-time accelerated program.

A representative from the Registrar’s Office will be available to evaluate college transcripts and determine the number of credits that may be transferred into the PACE program.  Individuals interested in transcript evaluation should bring unopened official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. A financial aid representative will also be available to explain the financial aid process to prospective students. 

For more information on Millikin’s PACE program, call 217.420.6778 or visit www.millikin.edu/pace. For more information on programs offered through the School of Nursing, call 217. 424.6348 or visit www.millikin.edu/nursing.  Reservations are encouraged for the Open House, but not required.

 

*The third MSN track, the MENP-PL, is anticipated, pending state IDFPR approval.

On Monday, October 19, Millikin University’s Professional Adult Comprehensive Education (PACE) program will host two informational sessions in Menard Hall on the Lincoln Land Community College campus from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. The sessions are open to adults interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree or educator certification in Early Childhood Education. The educator certification is available to persons who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field, and are considering a teaching career.

The sessions will provide individuals with the opportunity to speak with PACE staff and learn more about the program and requirements.  At the evening session, Millikin’s Registrar will be available to evaluate college transcripts for adults who may have previously attended other educational institutions.

“The bachelor's degree program is perfect for adults who are completing coursework at Lincoln Land Community College, or have previous college credit to transfer into the program," commented Karl Radnitzer, faculty coordinator for PACE off-site education programs. “All classes are offered on the Lincoln Land campus, making the program easily accessible for adults living in the Springfield area.”

Millikin’s PACE program is based on an accelerated class format that allows adults to attend class one evening per week.  Some classes may also be held on Saturdays.
  Students take one course at a time for five weeks, and then move directly into the next course. 

Programs offered on Millikin’s main campus include Accounting, Early Childhood Education, Elementary education, Nursing RN to BSN, and Organizational Leadership.  The adult degree program began in 2003.

For more information about the PACE program at Millikin University, call 217.420.6771 or visit www.millikin.edu/pace.

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