Published on August 14, 2015 by Katie Stripling  
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Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing is preparing to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) to students with associate’s and baccalaureate degrees in nursing. This change is in response to the call from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to transition the level of preparation for advanced practice nursing roles from the master’s degree (MSN) to the doctorate level. Advanced practice nurses seeking top clinical positions will be educated in Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

“As our country’s health care environment becomes more complex, advanced practice nurses are required to have the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise possible,” said nursing school Senior Associate Dean and Professor Jane Martin. “With this in mind, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing is establishing innovative new programs that respond to the evolving demands of practice.”

Proposed plans of study for the B.S.N. to D.N.P. and RN to D.N.P. are three to three and a half years in length and will begin as soon as summer 2016. The first program options available will be in the areas of Family Nurse Practitioner and Leadership.

Samford graduated its first class from its current post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2009. The D.N.P. is a clinically focused terminal degree in nursing practice and an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. Doctor of Nursing Practice programs of study emphasize leadership, evidence, refinement of skills in areas of scholarly practice, practice improvement, innovation, evaluation of care delivery models and clinical expertise.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.