BU to offer Doctor of Nursing Practice

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Bloomsburg University will offer its second doctoral program – the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – starting in summer 2015. Approved by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors in January, the new degree builds on the Master of Science in Nursing to help meet the shortage of health care professionals in the state and the nation. Twelve students are expected in the first cohort of the 33-credit, online program.

In addition to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, BU offers nursing master’s degrees in adult health clinical nurse specialist, adult/gerontology, family nurse practitioner and, in partnership with Geisinger Health System, nurse anesthesia. The DNP will be required by 2025 in some specialties, such as nurse anesthesia.

BU’s new program is one of three in PASSHE — others are offered by West Chester and Edinboro/Clarion. About a dozen private institutions statewide also offer the DNP.

The PASSHE Board of Governors approved BU’s first doctoral program – the Doctor of Clinical Audiology – in January 2003.