GRAND FORKS, N.D., Sept. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Pearson and the University of North Dakota announced the expansion of their online degree partnership with the addition of a Master of Science with a major in Nursing program, a post-graduate certificate in nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. The partnership with the Department of Nursing begins in the fall of 2019, with Pearson supporting the online programs into spring 2020 and beyond.
The Master of Science with a major in Nursing program offers four concentrations, including family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, nurse educator and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, while the Doctor of Nursing Practice program offers nurses another way to advance their career through leadership and teaching roles.
Many certification boards are pushing for nurses to obtain an advanced degree and some specialties will be required to have a Doctor of Nursing Practice in the near future. The post-master's DNP program is designed for APRNs including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, midwives and nurse anesthetists.
"Pearson's partnership with the University of North Dakota will help prepare thousands of health care professionals to take the next step in their careers in the high-demand field of nursing," said Iwan Streichenberger, president of Pearson Online Learning Services. "These programs continue UND's strong track record of helping working professionals, no matter their age or geography, continue their education without having to leave the workforce."
"Our graduate nursing programs have a long history of elevating nurses' careers. This partnership will help us expand our reach and help prepare future leaders," said Dr. Diana Kostrzewski, Interim Dean, College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines.
Pearson provides comprehensive online program management (OPM) services and partners with around 40 higher education institutions supporting approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate programs across the country and around the globe and has produced more than 50,000 U.S. graduates in the last five years.
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About University of North Dakota
The University of North Dakota is the chief opportunity engine for North Dakota and UND students. Founded in 1883, six years before North Dakota was granted statehood, UND is among the nation's premier regional public research universities and is at an exciting point in its 135-year history. Classified as a "Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, UND is characterized by a solid foundation of the liberal arts, high quality students and faculty, a diverse curriculum, a widely recognized program of graduate education and research, law and medical schools praised for quality and innovation, rich cultural resources, and an outstanding record of alumni support. Its major academic divisions include Arts & Sciences, Aerospace Sciences, Business & Public Administration, Education & Human Development, Engineering & Mines, Nursing & Professional Disciplines, Medicine & Health Sciences, Law, Extended Learning and the School of Graduate Studies. Long a provider of distance education, UND is developing a robust online presence. Learn more at www.UND.edu.
The Department of Nursing at UND has been educating nurses for over 100 years.
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