By Kennedy Williams
The Helene Fuld School of Nursing Doctoral Program has been awarded $983,146 in the Implementation for Doctoral Education Advancement (IDEA) project.
Dr. Joan Tilghman Chairperson for the Coppin State University (CSU) Helene Fuld School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) has been awarded a Nurse Support grant II by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The project, known as the “Implementation for Doctoral Education Advancement” (IDEA), will start on July 1, 2021, and is approved for a five-year period ending June 30, 2026. The total grant award is $983,146.
The DNP program will offer an inaugural Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP) option for nurses with a BSN. The program is one of two such programs at an HBCU.
The project will implement a curriculum with rigor that includes strategies to facilitate socialization to graduate study and provides a seamless pathway for students to earn a doctoral degree, with preparation as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
The purpose of the Implementation for Doctoral Education Advancement (IDEA) project is to expand educational access for nurses with a BSN to obtain a DNP degree. The BSN to DNP program will address the call for enhancing access through a seamless academic progression and will educate nurses who will deliver cost-effective, culturally appropriate, quality care. The BSN to DNP program will increase the number of doctorally prepared nurses and increase the diversity of advanced practice nurses with a degree. The program will also provide the requisite course work and practicum experiences for earning a doctoral degree and preparation as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).
The DNP program faculty have all obtained national certification for online instruction and are nationally certified health educators and nationally certified nurse educators.
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