IPFW to offer first doctorate degree

December 16th, 2013

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IPFW to offer first doctorate degree

Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 12:10 pm | Updated: 12:11 pm, Mon Dec 16, 2013.

The board of trustees of Purdue University on Monday approved a systemwide doctoral program in nursing practice that will be the first doctorate degree program offered at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The first students at IPFW will be admitted for spring 2015. Ten students are expected to enroll in the first year.

"The doctor of nursing practice will provide nurses the opportunity to advance their education, preparing them to be full partners in transforming nursing and health care through direct care, leadership and interprofessional collaboration," said Carol Sternberger, associate vice chancellor for faculty development and professor of nursing.

The doctorate in nursing practice will be the first doctoral-level systemwide program within the Purdue University system.

The doctorate at IPFW is supported by the area health-care industry, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast and the Indiana University School of Medicine-Fort Wayne.

"There are already existing collaborations between IUSM and nursing and I look forward to expanding our work even more as a result of this practice-based degree," said Fen-Lei Chang, associate dean and director of the Indiana University School of Medicine-Fort Wayne campus.