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1 professional & convenient doctoral programs developed with you in mind University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing

2 The need for faculty is serious and very real. A 2004 survey conducted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing revealed that more than 32,790 qualified applicants to nursing programs were denied, mainly due to a lack of nursing faculty more than 8 percent of budgeted full-time teaching positions across the country remained vacant, and many of the schools that didn t report a vacancy did indicate that they need additional faculty advancecontribute yourtocareer your profession At the University of Colorado Denver s College of Nursing, we know you re interested in advancing your career to the next level. And we know you d like to teach and conduct research to inform future generations of nursing professionals. But just how do you do this and continue to practice your profession? Consider a doctoral program in nursing at the University of Colorado Denver. Our programs are flexible and convenient. We know how busy you are! We ve crafted two types of doctoral degree programs that enable you to balance your current career and your desire to contribute to your profession. Completing a doctorate will allow you to pursue areas of interest in teaching, research or practice. And it will help address the most serious crisis in health care that America has ever faced the national nursing shortage. As you know, the process of educating today s nursing professionals is intense, rigorous, demanding and rewarding. Baccalaureate programs employ didactic and clinical instruction supplemented by the use of simulation technology. Our College of Nursing is eager to help you develop the expertise, research skills and experiences that will enable you to earn your doctoral degree. To that end, the College of Nursing offers two nationally acclaimed doctoral degree programs: the doctor of philosophy (PhD) and the doctor of nursing practice (DNP). The college has continually set the standard for doctoral programs in nursing in the Rocky Mountain region. Our PhD program was founded in 1978; our DNP program in Either program is distance accessible, using a combination of online interactive video and seminars to deliver programs that rival any in the nation. Front cover: Kim A. Pierce, DNP student

3 The need for faculty is serious and very real. A 2004 survey conducted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing revealed that more than 32,790 qualified applicants to nursing programs were denied, mainly due to a lack of nursing faculty more than 8 percent of budgeted full-time teaching positions across the country remained vacant, and many of the schools that didn t report a vacancy did indicate that they need additional faculty advancecontribute yourtocareer your profession At the University of Colorado Denver s College of Nursing, we know you re interested in advancing your career to the next level. And we know you d like to teach and conduct research to inform future generations of nursing professionals. But just how do you do this and continue to practice your profession? Consider a doctoral program in nursing at the University of Colorado Denver. Our programs are flexible and convenient. We know how busy you are! We ve crafted two types of doctoral degree programs that enable you to balance your current career and your desire to contribute to your profession. Completing a doctorate will allow you to pursue areas of interest in teaching, research or practice. And it will help address the most serious crisis in health care that America has ever faced the national nursing shortage. As you know, the process of educating today s nursing professionals is intense, rigorous, demanding and rewarding. Baccalaureate programs employ didactic and clinical instruction supplemented by the use of simulation technology. Our College of Nursing is eager to help you develop the expertise, research skills and experiences that will enable you to earn your doctoral degree. To that end, the College of Nursing offers two nationally acclaimed doctoral degree programs: the doctor of philosophy (PhD) and the doctor of nursing practice (DNP). The college has continually set the standard for doctoral programs in nursing in the Rocky Mountain region. Our PhD program was founded in 1978; our DNP program in Either program is distance accessible, using a combination of online interactive video and seminars to deliver programs that rival any in the nation. Front cover: Kim A. Pierce, DNP student

4 go for the PhD if you prefer research A research degree designed to prepare nurse scholars to advance the art, science and practice of the discipline, the PhD program promotes knowledge development for reflective, theory-based and research-guided nursing practice. Our PhD program equips nurses to conduct research, to engage in knowledge development and scholarly inquiry and to be actively engaged in many roles including: nurse researcher nurse educator nurse scientist/scholar administrator health care policy analyst You ll attend a one- to two-week intensive session on campus each semester (fall, spring, summer). The remainder of course work is completed online. Two to three visits per year may be required during your dissertation research. seek the DNP for professional practice The DNP is a clinical practice-oriented leadership curriculum that focuses on evidence-based practice and on research utilization for the improvement of clinical care delivery, patient outcomes and system management. The DNP prepares nurses to assume such roles as: clinical nurse educator clinician-scholar developer/evaluator of health care programs health care entrepreneur/executive clinical administrator All classes have an online component; some classes require a one- to two-day intensive session on campus. There are no more than three intensives on campus per academic year.

5 Our faculty are recognized for outstanding mentoring and expertise in research and scholarship in human experience of health illness, healing and dying and in quality and cost-effective outcomes as well as specific areas of inquiry found on our website. Left: Kathy Magilvy, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and PhD Program Director. Right: Victoria Erickson, APRN-BC,PNP, PhD, Associate Professor, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Masters Programs Director Sean Michael Reed: working on an MS in nursing and a PhD Best source of support: The faculty have been extremely supportive. Greatest victory: The greatest victory has been working through both my master s and doctoral programs at the same time. I have already completed a master s and a post-master s certification as a clinical nurse specialist, which has allowed me to find a career within an organization that supports my ongoing education. Now I am nearly finished with the course work for the PhD and clearly, without my master s, I would not be this far in my professional and student trajectory. Choosing UC Denver: I selected this institution because of the school s reputation within the nursing community. Empowered by: My degree mainly through increased competence and high confidence levels. I find that I am able to speak on clear terms within and outside the profession and discipline of nursing. Most proud of: Being recruited to work in Colorado s largest health care system and starting up a palliative care program.

6 We are in brand new facilities on the extraordinary Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. It s a health care city that offers the latest in educational, research and clinical options. It includes research buildings, education buildings, the University of Colorado Hospital and health care clinics and offices. The campus enhances collaboration between the disciplines of our schools for nursing, medicine, dental medicine and pharmacy as well as a graduate school. Erica Schwartz: DNP Student Best source of support: My major professor has been an exceptional mentor, leader and supervisor. She is receptive to innovation and capable of embracing change. She is solid in the face of adversity. Greatest victory: Building positive relationships with obstetrical and nursing colleagues, expanding midwifery services to outreach clinics and formulating a private midwifery practice the Center for Midwifery. Choosing UC Denver College of Nursing: The clinical doctorate (DNP) appealed to my interests in business, quality management, evidence-based practice and administration. College of Nursing professors are well published and involved in clinical practices. Most proud of: The success of the midwifery practices and education provided to future nurse midwives. Why enter a doctoral program? Nurses should obtain a doctoral degree to promote, secure and direct the future of nursing. Nursing leaders have an impact on clinical outcomes, access to care, health care politics and nursing education.

7 the College of Nursing We have a distinguished history with pace-setting milestones founded in 1898 with a bachelor s program added in We created the first nurse practitioner and school nurse programs in the United States. We ve been offering distance education options for three decades. We started online education in The College of Nursing s simulation (sim) lab houses speaking mannequins that have vital signs and mimic other body functions and responses. Assistant Professor Gail Katz, one of our DNP graduates, coordinates the lab and says it is a safe place to prepare for eventual work in an authentic clinical setting. It allows you to make mistakes without hurting anyone, receive immediate feedback and recreate high-risk scenarios like hemorrhage and trauma. In the sim lab, you will also learn to communicate with physicians before you graduate, a benefit to you considering that 73 percent of all medical errors are caused by miscommunication (Institute Of Medicine, 2000). Our College of Nursing is consistently ranked by U.S.News & World Report. In 2008, these were our top programs nationally: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner #3 Family Nurse Practitioner #5 Adult Medical/Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist #6 Adult Practitioner #8 The College of Nursing has three endowed chairs. Seventeen faculty are fellows of the American Academy of Nursing and 11 are fellows in specialty and practical societies. The College of Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The nurse midwifery master s specialty is further accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives, Division of Accreditation. The College of Nursing faculty members are nationally and internationally acclaimed by their research. Please review their accomplishments at: take the next step: apply or visit Take a deeper look at options for doctoral study at the University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing. Our programs reflect the atmosphere of change, challenge and learning opportunities that can lead to classroom teaching and research. For More Information: Graduate Programs Office: Admissions, College of Nursing: Financial Aid:

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