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UCF offers online option for nurses seeking PhD

The University of Central Florida’s College of Nursing will offer the state’s first online PhD program specifically designed to educate
nurse scientists.

The 60-credit-hour program combines the strengths of the nation’s second-largest university with the convenience and flexibility of an online format, according to a news release. Students will have to travel to Orlando only twice per academic year. Applications are being accepted through Jan. 15 for the first classes, which will begin this summer.

“UCF and the College of Nursing are dedicated to providing an array of educational opportunities to our students,” Susan K. Chase, EdD, RN, FNAP, associate dean for graduate affairs in the College of Nursing, said in the release. “By creating an online program, we’re able to attract and prepare more nurse researchers who are the future of health care. Graduates will be able to serve in senior leadership roles in the fields of academia, healthcare, military and more, and will make valuable contributions to advance nursing and solve some of our world’s ever-evolving health concerns.”

Donna Neff, PhD, RN, FNAP, program coordinator and interim director of research, said the program
is flexibile.

“Our graduate students are typically employed full-time in leadership positions and appreciate the flexibility of an online program, which allows them to balance their career while furthering their education,” Neff said in the release. “This new program expands our existing online offerings to seven and aids in the growing demand for nurse PhDs.”

Online PhD students will have access to the university’s state-of-the-art facilities, experience small class sizes of fewer than 20 and receive one-on-one academic support to help meet their educational goals, according to the release.

The UCF College of Nursing has 14 faculty scholars actively engaged in cutting-edge research, including in the fields of simulation and technology, acute care and physiology, gerontology, healthcare self-management and health systems.

By | 2014-12-03T00:00:00-05:00 December 3rd, 2014|Categories: Regional, South|0 Comments

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