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RU to Welcome Inaugural Class of Doctor of Nursing Practice Students

RADFORD – Radford University will welcome its inaugural class of Doctor of Nursing Practice students in fall 2010. This program will allow individuals with bachelor’s degrees and/or master’s degrees in nursing to continue their education and will prepare them as advanced practice nurses.

The program is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be offered in an online distance-learning format and to be offered to both post-baccalaureate and post-master's degree nursing students.

“This program will put more nurses who possess the highest level of clinical education out on the front lines,” said Raymond Linville, dean of the university’s Waldron College of Health and Human Services. “Given the high-demand for nursing professionals at all levels of healthcare, this is a win-win situation.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts about 233,000 additional jobs will open for registered nurses each year through 2016, on top of about 2.5 million existing positions.

It is anticipated the university’s program will enroll 25 students its first year.

“We are pleased to welcome our first class of doctoral students in fall of 2010,” said Kim Carter, director of the School of Nursing. “This is a significant achievement for our school and our university, and we are excited about the positive outcomes it will have for patient care.”

The DNP degree is RU’s third doctoral degree program. It joins the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in counseling psychology, which admitted its first class of students in the fall of 2008, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.

For more information on the DNP program, including admission requirements and deadlines, please visit or contact Lisa Onega, graduate program coordinator for the School of Nursing, at (540) 831-7647 or

Feb. 4, 2010
Contact: Christy Jackson (; 540-831-7745)

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