Alvernia now offers three doctoral degree programs


In addition to its existing Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, Alvernia University now offers a third doctoral program at its main campus in Reading: Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Alvernia’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal degree program designed to prepare advanced practice nurses for the highest level of clinical nursing practice.

“Our vision is to graduate advanced practice nurses with the skills to act as ethical leaders with moral courage,” said Karen Thacker, dean of the college of professional programs at Alvernia. “We expect this of all of our nursing graduates — from our bachelor’s in nursing through RN to BSN candidates, to our master’s in nursing, and now finally to our doctoral advanced practitioners.”

Post-Baccalaureate nurses can apply immediately, and choose from one of two tracks of study: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner. Programming for Post-Master’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurses will begin summer 2016, and include a Clinical Leadership curriculum. Graduates are expected to seek roles in direct clinical care, organizational leadership in healthcare and nursing education.

“Nurses provide an essential, professional service in our communities. These programs will give them even better opportunities to promote healthcare equity and serve as change agents for population based healthcare delivery and health policy advocacy,” said Thacker.

>> Learn More about the Doctor of Nursing Practice at Alvernia.

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