School of Nursing to Hold Open House for Doctoral Degree Programs

Oct. 15, 2009

Nurses and other health care professionals can learn more about doctoral degree opportunities at a Doctoral Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, Helen Wood Hall, 255 Crittenden Blvd.The School of Nursing’s two doctoral programs offer distinctive paths to careers in nursing practice leadership or health practice research. Visitors to the open house will meet faculty from both programs, tour the School’s high-tech facilities, and learn more about each program.

Launched in 2007, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program prepares advanced-practice nurses to expand their clinical skills and deliver, evaluate, and create change in systems of evidence-based, patient-centered care. The program is designed to maximize convenience and help full-time practitioners complete the curriculum in a timely manner. Both bachelor’s-prepared and master’s-prepared nurses may apply for the D.N.P. program.

“Earning a practice doctorate at the University of Rochester will prepare you not only to develop, implement and monitor innovative interventions and clinical programs, but also equip you to measure and describe the impact of such programs on patient, staff and systems-level outcomes,” said Daryl Sharp, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., director of the School’s DNP program.

The Ph.D. in Health Practice Research, founded in 1979, prepares researchers who design and conduct studies that focus on improving health outcomes. The program’s enrollment eligibility expanded in 2006, and it is now open to master’s-prepared nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and licensed social workers. An excellent package of financial support is available for the most highly qualified Ph.D. applicants, including one of the highest stipends offered nationally. The School also offers combined master’s-Ph.D. (M.S.-Ph.D.) programs in several advanced-practice specialties for bachelor’s-prepared nurses.“Our Ph.D. program gives clinicians the tools they need to become researchers and tenure-track university faculty,” said Margaret Kearney, Ph.D., R.N., director of the School’s Ph.D. programs. “In an environment of rich interprofessional dialogue within a research-intensive medical center, we are preparing leaders to advance the science that informs clinical practice.”

This event is free and open to the public. For reservations or information, please call (585) 275-2375.