Troy University’s first doctoral class officially began its journey toward a terminal degree July 29 with an orientation and registration session on the Montgomery Campus.
Sixteen Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates met for what could possibly be the last time before their graduation in two years, as the coursework for the DNP program will be offered completely online.
“The first doctoral program for Troy University is the realization of a long-held dream by the Board of Trustees, our faculty and our alumni,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY Chancellor. “It opens the door to a new level of service to our students and to our state and it paves the ways for other doctoral programs to follow.”
Dr. Bernita Hamilton, director of the School of Nursing, said that by offering the DNP, the level of healthcare – particularly in rural areas – will be greatly enhanced.
“Certainly in central and south Alabama, there is a critical need for doctoral-level nursing, both for nurse educators and for practitioners; and this program will ultimately benefit those patients who need and deserve highly-skilled care,” she said. “Doctoral nurses work on the cusp of the field and provide leadership in research and new methods in nursing.”
Students agree with the notion that the doctoral degree will allow them to ultimately provide better care to the patients and are excited that TROY is offering them this opportunity.
“I obtained my Master of Science in Nursing degree from the Montgomery Campus and it was an excellent learning experience for me,” said Tracey Shannon, a doctoral student from Selma. “I believe in the educational opportunities that TROY offers, so I decided to come back and pursue my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.”
Troy University offers the associate degree in nursing on its Montgomery Campus, while the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is offered only on the Troy Campus. The master’s degree in nursing is available online with specialties in Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nursing Informatics Specialist.