June 17, 2014 — HAMMOND, Ind. — In response to demand for advanced practice nurses, Purdue University Calumet is poised to become a doctoral-granting university by participating in an innovative collaboration to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in northwest Indiana.
“There is a significant need for more advanced practice nurses prepared at the doctoral level to provide expanded primary health care and develop new models of improved, comprehensive health care delivery in Indiana,” Purdue Calumet Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Provost and former Dean of the College of Nursing Peggy Gerard said. “We anticipate admitting students for fall 2015.”
Partnering with other Purdue campuses
Purdue Calumet is partnering with Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus, Indiana University-Purdue University Ft. Wayne (IPFW) and eventually Purdue University North Central in expanding access to offer the DNP campus-based program currently available at Purdue West Lafayette.
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) has approved the collaborative program, the first doctoral offering ICHE has granted at regional universities. Approval to become a doctoral-granting university also is needed by the Higher Learning Commission. Nursing accrediting bodies must provide approval as well before students can be admitted.
“Advancing our region and state by addressing specific needs has been a cornerstone of Purdue University Calumet,” Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “We are pleased to collaborate with this historic doctoral program that will increase nursing expertise while expanding affordable health care options to Indiana residents.”
Delivered primarily on line
While the DNP program will be instructed primarily on line by approved graduate faculty experienced in distance learning from all collaborating Purdue campuses, the program also will require students to select a home campus for periodic, on-campus, intensive face-to-face and supervised residency/practical experiences.
Students who select Purdue Calumet as their home campus and complete degree requirements subsequently will graduate with a Purdue doctoral degree from the Hammond campus.
Designed to be efficient, accessible and cost-effective, the collaborative DNP will be a practice doctorate, preparing nurses for leadership roles in the changing health care industry. It also will equip nurses to plan, manage and deliver cost-effective, evidence-based care, as well as produce expanded preventative care options. Additionally, graduates will be prepared to respond to the health care needs of vulnerable populations.
“With DNP programs across Indiana at maximum capacity, this collaborative offering provides greater opportunities for practicing nurses and recent master’s graduates to positively impact the state’s health care environment,” Gerard said.
Source: Purdue University Calumet