Kean Universitys School of Nursing has been awarded a $308,000 renewable grant to support student tuition in the PhD in Nursing Educational Leadership program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration at its Ocean branch campus in Toms River, N.J.
The program covers the full scope of the nurse faculty role: research, publication, innovative curriculum design and instructional methods, technology and fiscal imperatives for todays healthcare system, according to a news release.
We are delighted to be awarded this grant supporting tuition assistance for these future leaders and teachers, Virginia Fitzsimons, PhD, the schools PhD nursing program coordinator, said in the release. By making our PhD in Nursing Educational Leadership program more financially attainable, we are hoping to play a small part in offsetting this dearth of nursing faculty.
The program includes 22 courses and is designed as a four-year, part-time course of study, the release said.
According to Fitzsimons, more than 3,000 New Jersey students are on waiting lists for entrance into basic nursing programs because there are not enough qualified nursing teachers to instruct them.
In January, 24 students were admitted to Keans 59-credit PhD program. The release said the HRSA grant assures them tuition coverage as they prepare to become faculty at higher education institutions and leaders at healthcare agencies.