The School of Nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato prides itself on educating future leaders in health care.
For years MSU's Doctor of Nursing Practice Program successfully worked along side with Metropolitan State University, MSU Moorhead, and Winona State University. With the approval of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program they are able to stand alone.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Julie Hebenstreit says, "That's what's exciting about the Doctor of Nursing Practice that we can make health care experiences better for patients."
The new program will start accepting expecting applications the spring of 2013 for fall enrollment. Students will get hands-on learning through problem solving research, while continuing their education, and providing quality care.
Julie Hebenstreit says, "We have several grad students planning to continue on to get the Doctoral of Nursing Practice, it will certainly help us fill in the gap of Family Nurse Practitioners in the State of Minnesota.
The Doctor of Nursing Program allows students to continue working, while taking their course work, which could take up to five years.
Hebenstreit says, " Much of the course work will be online so that also facilitates students being able to work and study in their community.
Another aspect that makes the program unique is the Becky Taylor Fellowship, which will provide a few students financial support for their education.
Lynn Kuechle says, "Having this seed money that's there and being able to establish this for students, I think we will be able to see an impact of the fellowship and DNP program."
Providing leadership to students on the front lines of nursing who will be able to influence health care in many positive ways. They will accept 12 students in the program for the fall of 2013. They need to keep admission number low in order to have a faculty student ratio of 1 to 6.