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Radford University Welcomes First Doctorate of Nursing Practice Students

RADFORD -- A new type of nursing student set foot on the campus of Radford University this week—one of the few times they will do so.

On Thursday, Sept. 2, Radford University welcomed its inaugural class of Doctorate of Nursing Practice students for their day-long orientation. 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.

The program will prepare individuals who already hold bachelor’s degrees and/or master’s degrees in nursing as advanced practice nurses. The students will complete their clinical rotations in their home regions to allow them to keep caring for their patients.

Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle congratulated the class on their historical role at the university and commended them for rising to meet the growing medical needs of society.

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.

“The need for well-educated nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists is high, especially in rural areas” said Dr. Kim Carter, director of the university’s School of Nursing. “We are not only providing these students with a high-quality education, but we are producing healthcare providers for patients who need them the most.”

The DNP degree is one of three doctoral programs at RU. 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

September 3, 2010
Christy Jackson; 540-831-7745

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