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Nursing Ph.D. receives accrediation (Released: 11/21/95)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- The doctoral program in nursing at the University of Connecticut has been granted accreditation by the state Board of Governors for Higher Education.

UConn is one of two institutions in Connecticut offering a Ph.D. in nursing and one of only four in New England. The others are Yale University, the University of Rhode Island and Boston College. Nationwide, there are more than 60 institutions that offer a doctorate in nursing.

The UConn program, which began admitting students in September 1994, was licensed by the Board of Governors for two years in December 1993. Now that the program is fully accredited by the board, future reviews will be included in the overall accreditation of the University.

There are six full-time and six part-time students in the program, each assigned to a faculty member as mentor.

The program emphasizes the development of research skills and exploration of the theory of nursing practice in a clinical context. The students conduct their research in clinical settings, such as the UConn Health Center, the Travelers Center on Aging, and hospitals and other health care agencies in the region.

"Graduates with a Ph.D. in nursing are in great demand," said Barbara Redman, dean of the School of Nursing. "They will be prepared for a variety of careers as teaching faculty in schools of nursing, high-level administrators in hospitals and community facilities, or as directors of clinical research centers and institutes."

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