IPFW gets approval for first regional doctoral program


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  The nursing program at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is looking to add a doctoral program to its list of degrees.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) approved the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program May, 19. This would be the first doctoral program offered at a regional university (university that attracts students from their specific region) campus in the state.

“The program directly addresses the community’s need for advanced nursing practices,” Vicky Carwin, chancellor of IPFW said. “It will put more nurses with the highest level of clinical education on the front lines of healthcare.”

The school said with the increase in technology that “launching the DNP program in northeast Indiana is timely and necessary.”

The program will be offered collaboratively by three universities: Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University West Lafayette, and Purdue University Calmat. Students from one campus will be able to take classes offered from the other campuses.

Final approval of the program by the higher learning commission of the North Central Association is anticipated later this year. After that, the program will start enrolling students starting in 2015.

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