Officials with the Belmont University School of Nursing announced Monday an expansion of the degree program for the doctor of nursing practice.
The is being made to support national efforts to increase the number of nurse professionals prepared for advanced practice and leadership in the healthcare industry, officials said. The BU School of Nursing is now accepting applications for fall enrollment to a BSN-to-DNP program, which provides a direct pathway to the doctoral degree for registered nurses who hold a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.
“We believe the DNP will be the education necessary for future practice in the advanced role,” Dr. Martha Buckner, associate dean for nursing in Belmont’s Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing, said in a release. “This program will open doors in nursing practice, policy and education that will become increasingly evident in the years ahead.”