Ashland University’s Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences will graduate its first student from the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at AU’s Spring Commencement on May 14. Teresa Schneider of Wooster, Ohio, will be the first student to receive the DNP degree through AU’s program.
“The first cohort of the DNP program was admitted and began coursework in June 2014. Individuals who have a master’s degree as an advanced practice nurse enter the program to complete doctoral studies,” said Dr. Faye Grund, dean of the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Those who are graduates of a bachelor’s degree in nursing program enter after one year of clinical experience and complete the BS to DNP program. These students are then eligible to test for certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.”